Grains of salt at the ready: According to Cosmic Book News, "Teen Wolf" star Tyler Hoechlin is being "heavily considered" to play the role of Batman in the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel. The film will bring the Caped Crusader and Superman together in one movie.
HuffPost Entertainment contacted Hoechlin's representatives to confirm or deny the rumor. As yet, they have not responded.
Hoechlin is likely the first of many, many stars who will find themselves named as possibilities to play Batman in the new film. When Warner Bros. was casting "Man of Steel," actors like Matthew Goode, Armie Hammer, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello and Zac Efron were all rumored as options before Henry Cavill signed on as Superman.
The untitled "Man of Steel" sequel -- which may be called "Batman vs. Superman" or "Superman vs. Batman" -- was first announced by Warner Bros. on Saturday at Comic-Con. "Man of Steel" director Zack Snyder and writer David S. Goyer will return for the project, which is set for release in 2015. From HuffPost Entertainment's earlier coverage of the film:
Following nearly two hours of promotion (other Warner Bros. films highlighted on Saturday included "The LEGO Movie," "Gravity" and "Edge of Tomorrow"), "Man of Steel" director Zack Snyder walked on stage and announced that a sequel to "Man of Steel" was happening. He then called out actor Harry Lennix, who co-starred in the recent Superman film, to read a section of Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns": "I want you to remember, Clark, in all the years to come, in all your most private moments, I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you." Behind Lennix, a screen showed the famous Superman logo with the equally famous Batman logo lurking in the background. (As Vulture noted, Snyder stressed that the film wouldn't be based on Miller's comic.)
There you go. Superman and Batman together in next movie. pic.twitter.com/cw6IuRG6TO
— Eric Vespe (@EricVespe) July 20, 2013
[via Cosmic Book Movie]