Casting rumors are a staple of genre entertainment sites, and when a big slate of new comic books movies are officially announced like Warner Bros. announced Wednesday , more new casting rumors are sure to follow.
Interestingly, few to any publications seemed to have Ezra Miller attached to The Flash until Warner Bros. officially announced it Wednesday, but nonetheless, here come the new rumors.
The Hollywood Reporter weighed in Wednesday evening, claiming Warners has several big name actors in mind for director David Ayer’s 2016 release Suicide Squad (which is still in early development), including Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Tom Hardy. Also on Warner’s short-slash-wish list for Suicide Squad – Ryan Gosling.
However, Warner Bros. may be facing some stiff competition. Gosling reputedly may be softening his stance towards big franchise films and in recent weeks has also met with Marvel Studios to discuss headlining Doctor Strange. THR also reports he’s fielding an offer to star in Summit’s adaptation of The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero, which if nothing else serves to demonstrate the equity word “superhero” has in Hollywood in 2014.
Gosling joins a wide and growing net of actors who are at the center of Doctor Strange rumors via various sources, including Jared Leto, Justin Theroux, Ethan Hawke, Keanu Reeves, Oscar Isaac, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Gosling has flirted with superheroes in the past, passing on playing Green Lantern for Warner Bros.’ disappointing 2011 film because the contract called for sequels.
THR, however, concludes its own story casting doubt on Gosling attaching himself to any superhero movie. "I'll believe it when I see it," one producer joked to THR when asked about the possibility.