While there’s been a lot of speculation regarding Ayan Mukerji’s next after the success of ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’, TOI has learnt that the director’s close buddy, Ranbir Kapoor, will star in his upcoming film, much like he did in Ayan’s earlier projects. The more interesting piece of news however is that Ranbir will play a superhero in this yet-untitled project, making him the next actor after Hrithik Roshan and Shah Rukh Khan to essay characters with superpowers on celluloid. Not just Ranbir, the film will present a challenge for Ayan too as he will be graduating from the likes of Wake Up Sid and Yeh Jawani… to a much less explored genre. What’s more, he will be up against big-budget, action and special effects packed money spinners such as Krrish and RA.One that have already been there and done that. Ayan, we hear, is currently on holiday in Barcelona, where he is busy mulling over a suitable script for his ambitious venture. The plan is to meet up with Ranbir as soon as he returns to Mumbai to chalk out details of the project. A source close to the development said, “Ranbir trusts Ayan’s abilities. He has enjoyed working with the filmmaker so far, and is looking forward to their next outing together. This film will be mounted on a much bigger scale than their earlier projects.” Apparently, with a movie high on stunts and daredevilry (the kind only caped crusaders are capable of), the idea is also to capitalise on the huge fan following that Ranbir enjoys among children. Now whether Ranbir will leap as long and fast as Krrish or have blue eyes like G.One or fare even better, only time will tell. Ayan and Ranbir both remained unavailable for comment.