Actor Ryan Gosling and director Damien Chazelle are currently running a victory lap over the critical acclaim that their Neil Armongstrong biopic, First Man, has been receiving since it first premiered at the Venice Film Festival.
After Whiplash, La La Land, and an incredibly resonant and detailed interpretation of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Chazelle can pretty much do whatever he wants, make any movie he pleases. Does that mean he will deviate from intense personal dramas and stray into genre territory of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror?
While speaking with Gosling (a genre vet thanks to Blade Runner 2049 and Lost River), Chazelle, and certain members of First Man's cast, Variety asked Gosling if he'd ever like to play a superhero like Batman, to which the actor replied:
“It would depend on — Damien, you want to do that one? Now that I’d like to see. Damien Chazelle Batman, that I want to see.”
"I think Neil Armstrong's the real-live superhero," the director added.
This isn't the first time that Gosling has considered playing a comic book character. While Marvel was developing the Doctor Strange movie a few years back, the actor was seriously courted for the role, alongside Joaquin Phoenix.
Even some concept art was created for Gosling's look as the Master of the Mystic Arts, before Benedict Cumberbatch got the role. You can check it out on Court Chu's blog.
First Man blasts off in theaters on Oct. 12.