According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros and director Martin Campbell have narrowed he who will wear the ring to three candidates: afore-mentioned Bradley Cooper , Ryan Reynolds, and Justin Timberlake. (Give one up for Ain't It Cool News, who had Timberlake in the suit on Thursday.) Lest you think these are just overblown screentests, THR reports that Timberlake, Cooper, and Reynolds all had holding deals with the studio, though all three expired Monday. That puts the clock to ticking and will force the studio to make a decision soon, as they'll be free to accept new roles. They've all done two rounds of screen tests, and survived the other finalists, including Michael Fassbender, Henry Cavill, and Jared Leto.
So, there you have it. My personal pick would be Cooper, because Reynolds is already associated with Deadpool, and I don't like my superheroes crossing over into other superhero roles. I think we all know that if Timberlake nabs the role, all hell is going to break loose, though I'm willing to keep an open mind. The most unlikely choices have consistently worked for superhero roles, and Timberlake could shock everyone. Besides, it's not that hard to see -- he's got the cockiness of a test pilot, the charisma of a superhero, the physicality for the stuntwork, and the cleft chin. He's proved to be a capable actor, and I really think time and experience could make him into a very good one. The only real issue I see with it is that it smacks of stunt casting, and a way to lure in audience members who wouldn't know Abin Sur from Ras al Ghul.