The casting really depends on what kind of Batman movie they eventually decide to make. If rumors are true, it sounds like they are opting for a slightly established Batman in his second or third year, meaning he can still be relatively young.
Unlike last time, I don't have a leading contender for Bruce Wayne/Batman. I wanted Christian Bale for a very long time, and I was very surprised and elated when he was cast. This time around, I really have no idea who could play the part. Jake Gyllenhaal would still be interesting. I know he was a contender for the part in Batman Begins
and according to David Goyer, he was the runner-up (and Goyer's first pick for the role). I'm not sure if he would still be interested, or if WB would still want him, though. I seriously think Ryan Gosling is going to be a big name being thrown around for the part. He's got the pedigree and he's at the perfect stage in his career to do a movie like Batman. I'm not sure if he would be interested, but he has the acting chops (and then some) for the role. Armie Hammer would be an interesting choice. He showed good acting chops in The Social Network
. Joe Manganiello is a good actor, but I don't think he's right for Batman. Matt Bomer, who was McG's top choice to play Superman, could also be an interesting pick for the Caped Crusader.
If they are going for an older Batman, which is doubtful, Jon Hamm would make a great Bruce Wayne/Batman. I know he was rumored for Man of Steel
last year, but alternatively I think he would make for a great Bruce Wayne that is older and more mature. Similarly, Guy Pearce was someone who always intrigued me for the character. Back during the casting days for Batman Begins
, Pearce was briefly rumored (probably because he appeared in Nolan's Memento
) and I was excited at that notion. I still think Pearce would be interesting. I can also see bigger name actors like Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Michael Fassbender being bandied about.
As for James Gordon, there is really only one guy who should replace Gary Oldman: Breaking Bad
's Bryan Cranston. He was superb
when he voiced Gordon in the animated Batman: Year One
movie, and while that may put him out of contention for the role, he would be wonderful, especially if the reboot is going to focus on a Batman in his second or third year. If not Cranston, I can see Chris Cooper, who was the runner-up for Gordon in Batman Begins
. He would be great if he could be persuaded. Jeff Bridges would be interesting. Perhaps a little too much of a big name for the part, but I can see him settling into the role well. Josh Brolin would also be interesting. Sean Penn would be brilliant but it will probably never happen.
As for Alfred, I kind of hope they go for someone younger this time around. In the comics, Alfred has been an elderly butler, but he's also been in his late 50's/early 60's and I think it would be refreshing for a slightly younger take on the character. Alan Rickman is my first choice. Bill Nighy, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush, Albert Finney (albiet a little older) etc. would all make an excellent Alfred in my mind.
As for the villains and other supporting characters: Melissa Leo as Leslie Thompkins, Phillip Seymour Hoffman as The Penguin (this needs
to happen), Rachel Weisz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman or Talia, Daniel Day-Lewis, Viggo Mortensen or Jason Issacs as Ra's al Ghul, Liev Schrieber as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, Rebecca Hall as Julie Madison, Ray Winstone as Det. Harvey Bullock, Kevin Spacey or Robin Williams as Hugo Strange, and the list continues.