A few weeks ago, it was announced that the next Superman sequel would be a crossover with Batman. As these are arguably the two most iconic fictional characters of the 20th Century, it's generated a great deal of buzz and excitement among fans. Henry Cavill will reprise the role of Superman for the film and the latest buzz revolves around who should be the latest to take up the mantle of The Dark Knight. As of right now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, there are six front runners for the part: Josh Brolin - At 46 years old, Brolin is the oldest of the supposed top choices. Brolin's career has really taken off since his appearance in the critically praised No Country for Old Men. He won great critical praise & various critics awards for his role in the movie. He also won several major awards for his role in the 2008 film Milk, which garnered him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Brolin is also known for the atrocious adaptation of Jonah Hex. Brolin is someone that does have sort of the classic, square jawed handsome face that fits Bruce Wayne, at least in my opinion. He's a talented actor that I believe can certainly give the character that gloomy, brooding edge that's been one of its hallmarks. Ryan Gosling - At 32 years of age, Gosling is the youngest of the supposed top choices. While not really a household name, Gosling is probably among the most critically acclaimed actors of the past decade. He's won or been nominated for numerous prestigious awards, including 3 Golden Globe nominations & 1 Academy Award nomination. He's best known for films like The Notebook, Half Nelson and Blue Valentine. Women swoon over him, especially for his performances is "chick flicks" like The Notebook and Blue Valentine. In some ways, the guy puts me in mind of Johnny Depp before the Pirates movies came out in that he was highly acclaimed but not known for being a big box office draw. Joe Manganiello - At 36 years of age, Joe Manganiello is best known for his role as werewolf Alicde Herveaux from the series True Blood. A little known fact is his portrayal of Flash Thompson in the 2002 Spider-Man film. While not as acclaimed critically as Brolin or Gosling, due to the success of True Blood, he might actually be more well known among fans. Richard Armitage - Armitage is a 41 year old British actor that's probably best known for his portrayal of Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit trilogy. As he's less well known than these other three, I'd say his salary as Batman would probably be pretty cheap, comparatively speaking. Matthew Goode - Another British actor, 35 year old Matthew Goode is probably best known to American audiences for his portrayal of Ozymandias in the 2009 adaptation of the classic comic book Watchmen. As with Armitage, he's not terribly well known among American moviegoers or television viewers, so it's hard to expect him to command a huge salary for this film if chosen. Max Martini - 43 year old American actor Max Martini is probably best known for his portrayal of Herc Hansen in the 2013 summer blockbuster Pacific Rim. As with these final three of the supposed top candidates, he's not all that well known and studios do love to sign guys who aren't well known for this kind of role because, initially, they're not going to have to fork over an incredible fortune. So, these are said to be the top choices for the next actor to don the cape & cowl of Batman. None of these actors are known for being major box office draws or for roles in major summer blockbuster action flicks. However, the beauty about a role such as Batman is that the character is so popular and well established that you don't have to be huge star. The character and the film in & of itself is all but guaranteed to draw massive money at the box office. Who would you personally like to see as Batman in this film? Any of these guys or anyone else for that matter? As for me, I think I'd probably go with: Hugh Jackman - As we all know, Jackman is known for his portrayal of Wolverine in the X-Men films and in two spin off films. Jackman is a highly acclaimed actor with numerous major awards & nominations and certainly has name recognition. Even if fans & critics haven't been thrilled with the X-Men films as a whole, Jackman has often received huge praise for his portrayal of Wolverine. I have little doubt that he could bring the same level of quality to Bruce Wayne. At 44 years of age, Jackman has the look of a man well over a decade younger. As seen in his portrayals of Wolverine, he's obviously someone that has no trouble getting into shape for this sort of physically demanding role. The guy is flat out ripped without having the massive size that one would associate with steroid use. Jackman has the range & acting ability to really set Bruce Wayne & Batman apart from each other, as if they're each two different people. I also think that Jackman could be able to do something that we haven't really seen from Batman yet: give a performance that's not overshadowed by another actor's portrayal of another character. Jackman would certainly be an expensive choice to portray Batman, far more so I'd imagine than any of the supposed top choices, but I do believe that he could take the Batman character to a different level.