While we expected the reunion to arrive eventually, the biggest news out of Comic-Con last month was that Warner Bros. and DC would be wasting no time bringing their two biggest superheroes together for a sequel to Man of Steel. With Zack Snyder returning to direct, we know that Henry Cavill will make up one-half of Batman vs. Superman, but now early word has come in on who is in contention for the counterpart role.

With Christian Bale hanging up his hat, or rather the Bat suit, The Hollywood Reporter has the news. First of all, they let us know that even though shooting is being eyed for early next year, ahead of a summer 2015 release, the script is still being written. Thankfully, Snyder and crew will also be forgoing the origin story and the Bruce Wayne here will be “established and rugged,” in his late 30s or early 40s, taking after Frank Miller‘s The Dark Knight Returns.

Without further ado, the top of the list is Josh Brolin, who is reportedly the frontunner for the role at this early stage. Another major name is Ryan Gosling, who is the youngest of the batch, but has the biggest star power. There’s also Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello, a previous contender for Superman, as well as The Hobbit‘s Richard Armitage, Pacific Rim‘s Max Martini and lastly, previous Snyder collaborator Matthew Goode. We could easily see the current frontunner in the role, but with actual casting yet to take place, this should at least get some chatter going.

Who could you see as Batman? Is he on this list?

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