Ryan Gosling says he would like to be in a Batman movie if it was directed by Damien Chazelle. The two seem to have carved out a nice dynamic, collaborating on both La La Land and First Man. The former received a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations (including 6 wins), while the latter is considered to be one of the Best Picture front runners of this year. First Man earned raves out of its festival screenings, with many critics enjoying Gosling's performance as Neil Armstrong.
While Gosling has proven himself multiple times as a gifted dramatic and comedic actor, one realm of Hollywood he's steered clear from so far is superhero movies. His name has been attached to projects such as Suicide Squad and Doctor Strange, but he hasn't brought life to a comic book character yet. However, he might be inclined to sign on for one if Chazelle was the one calling the shots.
Gosling was with Chazelle and other members of the First Man cast during an interview with Variety, where the topic of superhero movies came up. When asked if he'd like to play Batman, Gosling essentially laughed the question off before voicing his support for a Chazelle-helmed Batman film. Check out the video in the space below:
Obviously, this was all in good fun, and it's unlikely this would ever come into fruition. For starters, Matt Reeves is currently prepping a new Batman movie for Warner Bros., and Chazelle seems to have his sights elsewhere. Once First Man concludes its campaign on the awards circuit, Chazelle will have his hands full calling the shots on The Eddy for Netflix and developing a new original series for Apple. It's true he hasn't lined up another feature film to direct yet, but Chazelle doesn't seem like the type looking to jump into tentpole fare. He would unquestioningly be a valuable asset for a studio, but the interest has to be mutual. Perhaps if the right project came across Chazelle's desk he'd take the opportunity, but for now, he's finding tremendous success working in his own wheelhouse.
As for Gosling, he too tends to stay away from genre pictures, with last year's Blade Runner 2049 marking his first foray into big-budget filmmaking. Although, that had more to do with his love for the original Blade Runner, as well as the chance to work with people like director Denis Villeneuve and cinematographer Roger Deakins. Especially in recent years, he's picked his roles carefully, appearing in a string of critically-acclaimed films from respected auteurs. Like Chazelle, Gosling would probably sign on for a comic book movie if the situation was right (think Joaquin Phoenix agreeing to Joker), and time will tell if that'll ever come to be. For now, he's reportedly on the short list for the upcoming Willy Wonka prequel.
We'll keep you updated on The Batman as more information becomes available.
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