LOS ANGELES - TS - You’re looking at the man tipped to replace Christian Bale as Batman. Little-known Tyler Hoechlin is at the top of a shortlist of actors to take on the role when the Caped Crusader returns to the big screen in the Man Of Steel sequel.

The 25-year-old star of US’ series Teen Wolf and 7th Heaven is scheduled to screen-test for the role alongside Superman star Henry Cavill, according to Comic Book News. 

Bale was first choice to reprise his role in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises - but the Brit announced last year he was hanging up his cape.  He said: “We were incredibly fortunate to get to make three (Batman films). That’s enough. Let’s not get greedy.”