Ryan Gosling to play Batman in `Man of Steel` sequel?

London: Actor Ryan Gosling is reportedly in the running for the role of Batman in the `Man of Steel` sequel.

`The Notebook` actor is reportedly a hot contender to take on the role of Bruce Wayne in Zach Snyder`s new project, `Batman vs. Superman`.

Wayne/Batman will be in the late 30s or around the 40 mark. He will be established and rugged. This new movie will not seek to recount an origin story or the rise of the `Dark Knight`, reports hollywoodreporter.com.

The other actors that have been approached includes Josh Brolin and Joe Manganiello and Gosling is the youngest in the mix, followed by British actor Matthew Goode, 35.

Brolin, 46, is currently thought to be the frontrunner to play the role because of his history with the Warner Bros.

`True Blood` star Manganiello, 36, is also said to be in the running after missing out on the role of Clark Kent in `Man of Steel` to Henry Cavill.

Meanwhile, `The Hobbit` actor Richard Armitage and `Pacific Rim` star Max Martini have equally been named as contenders.

The movie is set to begin production in 2014 with a 2015 release date.