I know you are all sick of this comic book movie talk, but this seemed worthy of its own item. Word on the street is that for the upcoming Batman/Superman team-up movie, they are seeking an “older” Batman.

According to numerous sources, this Wayne/Batman will be in his late 30s or around the 40 mark. He will be established and rugged. This new movie will not seek to recount an origin story or the rise of The Dark Knight. Christian Bale, The Dark Knight trilogy Batman, has said he won’t return for another film. 

Sources say the new movie is aiming for the tone set in Frank Miller’s groundbreaking 1980s miniseries The Dark Knight Returns.

Josh Brolin—who already starred in the failed comics book movie JONAH HEX—is said, by some accounts, to be the front-runner, but other names mentioned include Ryan Gosling, Richard Armitage, Joe Manganiello, and Matthew Goode. Which is all confusing, because Brolin is 46 and Gosling (hey girl) is only 32.

Also, since this Superman/Batman thing is supposed to be the run-up to a JLA movie, since WB can’t make a movie about any characters besides Batman and Superman, you might THINK they would want someone more Henry Cavill’s age so they can sign them both to a nice long contract. The way Chris Evans has to make six movies for Marvel. I’m thinking grizzled isn’t the way to go. Unless…

If you are sitting there thinking “Why don’t they just cast Jon Hamm as Batman and have done with it” you are absolutely correct.

Anyway, this is all PR bullshit, but mark my words, WB—don’t make Batman too old!


  1. In the best of all possible worlds, Jon Hamm would be unavailable because he would be starring as Napoleon Solo in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

  2. The Dark Knight Retuns #2 cover by Miller illustrates Batman as a 300 lb, marbled, burnt out 50-something. So we must be thinking of another look, more palatable to the multimillion dollar market. How about Mickey Rourke? He has the Miller look. Extreme, powerful, tortured.

  3. I always figured that Jon Hamm would be a shoe-in if someone ever gets around to trying to film Mark Millar and Leinil Yu’s Superior…and it’s Mark Millar, so let’s face it that’s pretty likely.

  4. If they’re going to do a superhero version of a buddy movie, it makes sense to have Batman be the older, more cynical hero and Superman be the younger, more idealistic hero. Having both heroes be young and idealistic would cause problems.

    One positive or negative, depending on your POV, would be that having two heroes in the movie will result in less screen time for their civilian identities. I’d guess that Lois Lane would get more screen time than any love interest Bruce Wayne might have.


  5. Jensen Ackles, 35, should be made Batman! He didnt get a chance in Captain America, he should now!! Plus he soo totally has the Batman voice!!

  6. and here i’m thinking jon hamm should be the next tony stark once the third avengers flick comes and goes and marvel can start making iron man movies again. i also like “foreverspn”‘s suggestion of jensen ackles as batman tho’ i hear that “supernatural” is gonna stick around for another season or two.

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