Watch Ryan Gosling's Awkward Reaction When Asked If He'd Play Batman

Nobody is quite sure what the future of Batman really is on the big screen, which means that it's possible anybody could be the next Batman. However, if you were holding out hope that Ryan Gosling might be looking to take on the cape and cowl, you might what to put your expectations in check. The actor was recently asked if he would be interested in playing Batman didn't go well. It's hard to describe just how awkward this gets. Just watch.

For a guy who makes a living delivering lines, Ryan Gosling is oddly speechless here. He just repeats "I don't know" a couple times before dumping the question off to his First Man director Damian Chazelle in order to avoid having to go on. He seems simply at a loss as to how to actually answer the question. Even after Variety expands the topic to superheroes in general, rather than just Batman specifically, Gosling can't seem to say whether he'd be interested in getting involved in the popular film genre.

It's a little odd if only because the "superhero question" has to be the single most popular one asked of any actor that isn't currently involved in making superhero movies. Ryan Gosling had to have been asked this question before, you'd expect he'd have a stock answer, even if it was a non-committal one. Being asked about playing Batman specifically, it's understandable if Gosling doesn't really want to say anything, considering it's not entirely clear if that role is actually available or not, but when it comes to superheroes in general, one would think he has a feeling. Either he'd like to do it, or he's happy doing other things.

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One certainly wonders if Gosling may have been, or may currently be, in talks for a role in a superhero movie. It would be one explanation for his inability to answer. He can't talk about something that's in the middle of negotiations and saying the wrong thing could potentially jeopardize those talks. I feel like that's a long shot, but it's one explanation.

In the past, some actors, like Zoe Saldana, have called out the parts of Hollywood that look down on the blockbuster movies like the superhero genre. There is clearly a corner of that world that doesn't think much of those sorts of movies. Since Ryan Gosling, especially recently, has been making the "other" type of movies a lot, perhaps there's a bit of conflict there. If he says he wants to make a superhero movie then some might think less of him. If he says he doesn't, then he's one of those snobby Hollywood guys. It's a no-win scenario.

Could we ever see Ryan Gosling in a superhero movie? I don't know. It's not clear if he knows.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.