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Ever since Saturday's announcement that Warner Bros. is working on a movie that will team an as-yet-unidentified Batman with Henry Cavill's Superman from "Man of Steel" (a project that could be called "Batman vs. Superman"), the Internet has been abuzz with speculation about who could step into Christian Bale's cape and cowl. Ryan Gosling and Tyler Hoechlin, from MTV's "Teen Wolf," have been floated as possible contenders, but how realistic are those rumors?
Earlier this week Entertainment Weekly's Jeff Labrecque made a pseudo-convincing argument that Bruce Wayne more or less has to be Ryan Gosling, since "the new Batman not only has to fill Bale's shoes, but he has to go toe-to-toe with Downey in the cool department" (er, OK). What he fails to acknowledge, but Esther Zuckerman at The Atlantic is more than happy to point out, is that this is something of an impossibility, given Gosling's aversion to film franchises. As the actor told The Hollywood Reporter earlier this year, "that's your life for a long time."
What's more is that Gosling seems to be moving away from acting altogether, at least for a little while, so that he can focus on being the world's most handsome director (his directorial debut, "How to Catch a Monster," will be released by Warner Bros.). The actor has also been worried, publicly, about being overexposed; joining a billion dollar franchise wouldn't exactly lower his profile (and no, he's not going to do "Star Wars: Episode VII" either).
Meanwhile, on the marginally more plausible side of the issue, is "Teen Wolf" star Tyler Hoechlin, who Comic Book News is touting as a likely contender for the role of Bruce Wayne and Batman. Hoechlin transforms into a werewolf on the MTV series, so maybe transforming into a bat isn't too much of a stretch?
[via EW, The Atlantic, HuffPo]