Ryan Gosling admits he could be talked into suiting up as Batman, as long as La La Land's Damien Chazelle were to direct.
Amid persistent rumors that Ben Affleck is no longer interested in donning the cape and cowl, which actor might replace him has been a never-ending source of speculation, and material for questions posed to a veritable who's who of Hollywood. At the Toronto International Film Festival, it was Gosling's turn in the cross hairs.
Putting on a very different suit to portray Neil Armstrong in First Man, Gosling revealed to Variety what it would take for him to play Batman. “I don’t think anybody wants that,” he replied sheepishly. “I don’t know.”
"It would depend on — Damien, you want to do that one?” Gosling continued, turning to the La La Land director. “Now that I’d like to see. Damien Chazelle Batman, that I want to see.”
Getting his big break in 2004's The Notebook, Gosling has gone on to headline movies like Blue Valentine and Blade Runner 2049, as well as making the reported shortlist for Warner Bros.' upcoming Willy Wonka reboot.
The La La Land star may have steered away from mainstream movies in the past, but the chance of a reunion with Chazelle for a more artistic take on Batman could be one route to take the franchise. Gosling and Chazelle have now worked together on both La La Land and First Man, with the musical showstopper earning an impressive 14 Oscar nominations. Considering the early buzz around First Man, both Chazelle and Gosling seem to be on a winning streak together.
As it stands, fandom is looking at who could follow the Affleck era of the Dark Knight. Although Jake Gyllenhaal is the current favorite to jump behind the wheel of the Batmobile, there's no denying that Gosling would also be a popular choice to play a younger version of the Caped Crusader.