Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling Contenders for Batman Role!

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Wonder who will be taking up the Cape and Cowl of Batman after Christian Bale stepped away? Well we may soon know, and it looks as if Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling may be top contenders. Check out more on this below and share your thoughts after the JUMP!

(Source: mtv.com)

The “Man of Steel” sequel isn’t even written yet, but the search is already underway for Bruce Wayne.

The Hollywood Reporter churned the rumor mill over the weekend, listing six names of actors reportedly in contention to play Batman in director Zack Snyder’s upcoming superhero epic. The big takeaway: Snyder and Warner Bros. are reportedly eying an “older” Batman — a seasoned Caped Crusader “in the late 30s or around the 40 mark. He will be established and rugged.”

According to THR, the top two names at the moment are 46-year-old Josh Brolin (reportedly “the frontrunner at this stage”) and 32-year-old Ryan Gosling.

Other contenders include “True Blood” werewolf Joe Manganiello, “The Hobbit” dwarf king Richard Armitage, “Pacific Rim” Jaeger jockey Max Martini, and “Watchmen” supervillain Matthew Goode.

As for when to expect an announcement, THR notes that “casting is likely to solidify in the coming weeks as Warner Bros. wants to shoot the movie in early 2014 for a 2015 release.” However, the eventual Batman might not come out of this list. Even THR makes it clear “that a left-of-center choice could still emerge.”

In other words, there’s still plenty of time for WB and Snyder to realize there’s only one man mad enough for Batman:

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