5 Actors Who Should Play the Next Batman

Published 1 year ago by , Updated November 9th, 2013 at 10:53 am, This is a list post.

Actors To Play New Batman [We wrote this a few months ago, but in light of the recent official announcement of a Superman/Batman movie, we thought we'd re-post this. - Ed.] A character endowed with dual identities is nothing new to drama or fiction, and can lead to some of the richest - or shallowest - performances, depending on the talent entrusted with doing justice to both personas. Batman wasn't the first masked vigilante, but he may have become the most famous. Not to mention the most challenging for actors. Now that it's been officially confirmed that there will be a Batman/Superman movie, we've singled out actors who possess the ability to play the charismatic philanthropist Bruce Wayne, the chilling Bat-Man criminals fear, and the brilliant detective that lays in between. Putting personal hopes or fanboy desires aside, these actors have the skills to play the role convincingly - and more importantly, might actually be considered for the next Batman.

Josh Holloway

Josh Holloway Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol

While Holloway may forever be known for his southern drawl as Sawyer from ABC's Lost, we know he's capable of much, much more. His turn as Agent Hanaway in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol showed he could pull of the secret agent persona better than some of his fellow cast members, and we're not the only ones who see super-heroism in his future. As much as we'd like our expectations for Quasar in the Marvel world to be tied to Holloway, DC could surprise us by snagging him first, putting his effortless charm into the creation of a new Bruce Wayne/Batman. There was much to like about Lost's Sawyer: a truly scarred man who kept others at a distance, and used charisma to hide his suffering - until someone pushed him too far. Most importantly, Sawyer was a character we wanted to like, despite what darkness we knew lay just beneath the surface. That's a proven Bruce Wayne if there ever was one.

Matt Bomer

Matt Bomer Nightwing Batman vs Superman As the lead in USA Networks' White Collar, Matt Bomer's no stranger to characters operating on the fringes of what might be considered 'legal action.' But the success of the show is due in large part to the nuances and likeability Bomer has brought to the stingy and sterile world of crooked millionaires - a trait we hope to see Bruce Wayne exhibit as well. It's easy to see why Bomer has found an audience among females, and gained more fans after his appearance in Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike (2012). DC and Warner Bros. have also noticed Bomer's range, signing him to voice Superman in their next animated feature, Superman: Unbound (2013). The similarity of Bomer to British actor Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) has been noted in the past, looking more like brothers than dramatic foils. While some might see that as a drawback, passionate fans of both heroes' animated TV series might argue that a shared jawline is more essential than problematic.

Anson Mount

Anson Mount Batman Bruce Wayne

Many movie fans may only know Anson Mount from his time working on the railroad as Cullen Bohannon of AMC's Hell On Wheels. Those who've watched the western don't need to be told how much nuance (and beard) Mount has brought to the role, with miniscule dialogue with which to work, and a mission of vengeance driving his character. But beneath that hair, grime and Southern drawl is the same 'heartthrob' that romanced Britney Spears in her big screen debut, Crossroads (2002), meaning Bruce Wayne's public persona isn't too much of a stretch either. If you saw the Jason Statham action flick Safe, you saw Mount's action/combat skills as an evil ex-special forces bagman. Portraying a brooding man on a secret mission  gives Mount an edge at present, with the build and look that would fit right in among Gotham's elite - after that, Batman should be a cakewalk. And as his quirky turn as bespectacled 'Chris' in the underground Poolhall Junkies (2002) proved, he's anything but a one-note performer.

Luke Evans

Luke Evans Fast Furious 6

If Warner Bros. Intends on keeping up their habit of casting lesser-known but proven actors as superheroes with serious depth, then they would do well to take a look at Luke Evans as a successor to the cape and cowl. He's even British! Evans may certainly sit within the 'face, not a name' category at this point, but he's been turning in standout performances in otherwise lacking films (see The Three Musketeers), pairing his looks with undeniable screen presence, and always with an edge or air of unpredictability. His star will continue to rise as 'Bard the Bowman' in the upcoming releases of The Hobbit trilogy, and the central antagonist of Fast Six (2013). For now, the Welsh thespian may be most familiar for his recent performance as Zeus, opposite Henry Cavill in Immortals. Of all the actors on our list, Evans is the only who can already be seen alongside the soon-to-be Man of Steel, and the results speak for themselves.

Richard Armitage

Man of Steel 2 Older Batman Richard Armitage

As a regular on the BBC's Spooks (broadcast in North America as MI-5) Richard Armitage has convincingly played one of the British government's most respected (and personally troubled) intelligence agents, as adept at hand-to-hand combat as he is detection and counter-terror investigations. You see where we're going with this. Armitage, like Evans, will be garnering more attention thanks to director Peter Jackson, already having appeared as king-to-be Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. That makeup and digital trickery conceals Armitage's 6'2" frame (and more than a passing resemblance to Hugh Jackman), so he has the stature to go along with the skills. An unknown with a proven track record as a high-level covert operative makes him the perfect fit for the rebooted version of Batman we hope to see, and The Hobbit will certainly be putting him on studios' radars; we hope DC and Warner Bros. are among the first to intercept him.

Conclusion

Actors To Play New Batman That concludes our list of actors that we feel could bring all the necessary skills to a new, rebooted Batman in the Man of Steel sequel - and  Justice League. They're not all headlining acts, but we think any director would be remiss to overlook them. What's your take on the possible recasting? Do you think any of our picks are particularly interesting, or will WB and DC buck the trend and go with an established star? Leave your thoughts in the comments. - Follow me on Twitter @andrew_dyce.
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  1. Josh Holloway? Jesus. I could see Richard Armitage though.

  2. Matt Bomer looks way too much like Henry Cavill’s clone. That would make it too confusing when they show up together for JL.

    I vote Anson Mount, he’s a great actor who I think can portray a darker and more grounded role of Bruce/Batman. Josh Holloway could be interesting too.

    • Ditto. Likes the way Anson Mount talks….

    • @Lucifer: I agree with Anson Mount. I am not sure that Mr.Bomer would bother me too much even though he resembles HC a bit.

      • I’m with you guys on the Mount-voice. And for what it’s worth, the resemblance between Cavill and Bomer stands out the most in photos. But yes, they could be brothers.

    • Exactly, i agree with you on Matt Bomer being exactly like Henry Cavil but in the comics weren’t Clark and Bruce almost alike with only their personalities differentiating each other.

      • True, but the personalities were always very different. Matt Bomer looks/acts too much like an boyish squeaky-clean good guy, which is appropriate for Superman, but Batman’s character should always be rougher and grounded in reality.

        Whether or not they make JL more campy than Nolan’s work, the Batman/Superman dichotomy has to be there with Batman being the more complex, brooding character. I haven’t seen a lot of Bomer’s work but I don’t see him taking on that kind of role. Anson could, and he’s got the appropriate square jaw besides.

        • Oh please, Batman is grounded in reality, Nolan just did a film-noir batman is all.

          I wouldn’t like to see MB as Batman either, but he’d make a good Nightwing to Scott Adkins Batman.

        • I agree Matt Bomer seems squeaky clean. But what has that got do with his role? What matter is his talent. He played dark character in Chuck and was quite effective. The real life persona of an actor does not have to match their on screen character.

          Having said that, I agree, Bomer would make a perfect Nightwing. He has the perfect athletic body for it.

      • No, Clark and Bruce looked nothing alike….go look at the comics pay close attenuating their chins, eyes, hair, height and jaws.

    • I agree. Anson Mount would be so good. He has the dark tortured thing down already

  3. From this short list of 5 my vote is for Anson Mount. I think he can pull it off. He has the eyes and the chin for the role…

  4. What’s with all the UKer’s? Isn’t it bad enough we had an Aussie and now a Brit for Superman (“Truth justice and the AMERICAN way”)? How many of these guys were not American? I get it, it’s acting, but hey, these are decidedly American characters. Just my opinion. Thanks… the first guy would be good though (already forgot his name).

    • It’s not like Superman is going to sound British, nor does Wolverine sound Austrailian

    • Oh, I’m sorry. I feel really bad now for having an excellent actor (who just happens to be British) playing a role in your film which will probably make it one of the most memorable film series ever created. Next time I’ll just go ahead and invent a character who would never have been in that location and dump him in your film ala Captain Virgil Hilts (of The Great Escape), because only American’s can ever save the world…

    • Why is it when someone refers to Superman that it has to be an “American actor.” Lets not forgot Superman WAS the ultimate illegal alien.

      • @ B: I think you just won.

      • Wait?

        If Superman was an Illegal Alien?

        Then how come he looks humans, speaks English?

        • I know a lot of illegal aliens who look human and speak english

        • He was raised by a rural farm couple in Kansas. I guess he should sound a little hickish. Being a journalist he probably worked on getting rid of his accent. A Superman who sounds like Jed Clampett would be awesome though. “Up up and a wheee dawgies!” That’s a hillbilly accent though. Not sure what a Kansas countryboy accent sounds like.

          • The Beverley Hillbillies would have been a very different programme had Clark Kent been involved…

    • Well, you guys have a Brit playing an American president now so you might as well get over it ;)
      If the best person for the job just happens to be British, Australian, whatever, why shouldn’t he/she get the part?

      At least guys like Daniel Day-Lewis (and I’m sure Henry Cavill as well) can do decent American accents.

      Us South Africans had to sit through Matt Damon trying to pull off an Afrikaans accent :/

  5. Ryan Gosling

    • @siddharth: Ryan Gosling?! You must be joking, so I will laugh with you..ha ha ha ha.

      Not for Bruce Wayne/Bats, maybe some other hero.

      • Are you serious?!

    • You mean for Robin, right?

    • Ryan Gosling…………..for Flash. I’ll buy it!

  6. Didnt know any of them but that guy from the hobbit who i disliked. I still like armmie hammer myself

  7. Jon Bernthal

  8. RICHARD ARMITAGE :)

    • Hail Hydra!!!

  9. Josh Brolin would make for a decent batman! Good age for what justice league bats should be.

    • YES!

    • @Steve: I hadn’t thought of Josh but that might just work, he definitely can play a bad ass, not sure how his Bruce Wayne would be, but definitely a boss when it comes to action.

  10. No love for Jon Hamm

  11. Luke Evans or Anton Mount would be perfect!

    • Totally dude I always thought Luke Evans would be perfect and Anson Mount could be really interesting, plus they both have dark hair. Bruce Wayne cannot have light hair no exceptions.

  12. I think holloway is more suited to marvel actually. I think he could pull off any one of wolverine, gambit or sabretooth.

    • Yeah i agree with this wholeheartedly.

    • Yes! I’d love to see him play Gambit, that’d be amazing I’m sure

  13. I’d have thought the next move in the Batman films should be to persuade Chris Nolan to team up with Zack Snyder to make Dark Knight Returns with Clint Eastwood playing Batman…

    Clearly never gonna happen though ;-)

    • I honestly don’t know if Eastwood would live that long by the time they’re done persuading :(

    • My vote would be for Anson Mount. That gaze would give Batman the gravitas this character needs, especially when interrogating bag guys. They’d spill the beans in no time flat.

    • Eastwood is too old for The Dark Knight Returns; however, I’d remortgage my house to see Eastwood do a well done, live action Batman Beyond. I’d suggest someone like Harrison Ford for Returns. Maybe not him per se, but someone like him.

  14. What’s your implication with that comment, exactly?

  15. Don’t forget Richard Armitage in the first season of Strike Back.

    • And the BBC’s Robin Hood froma few years back.

      • Vicar of Dibley woot woot. Seriously, how badass do you have to be for someone to give you the middle name ‘Crispin’ at over 6 feet tall? Just to balance things out ;)

        • Richard Armitage… HAIL HYDRA!!!

        • well, he wasn’t over 6″ when they gave him that name i’m sure. my kids 1st pediatrician predicted my daughter would be over 7 feet tall based on her growth rate when she was 5 months old, and they were way off.

          • 6′, not 6″

  16. NONE of those guys. Just send a Brinks truck to Christian Bale’s house…

    • LoL.Thank You.

  17. Sawyer from lost, who, who, who, and who???

  18. My choice for years has been Wes Bentley. I think he’d pull of the Bat well, and he is a perfect Bruce Wayne.

    I’m kind of surprised he wasn’t on this list …

  19. Please for the love of god let batman be the bad ass that plays Don Draper. He gets all the bitches, has the best smart ass yet boss comments, and he would be the perfect established veteran batman.

  20. Ugh…I vote to keep looking….

    • Then you need to watch “Hell on Wheels” We need a Batman with some sex appeal and grit. Anson Mount.

  21. I think they need to go for an unknown actor and go in an new direction with the series, Burton did Gothic, Schumacher did Camp, Nolan did Gritty Realism… There is such a wealth of source material there must be many ways it could be interpreted for the screen.

    • Maybe it’s time to go…’comic book’…? ;)

      • +1

        • +1,000,000

          • + thank you!

      • My thoughts exactly. Nolans was a little too much of a crime drama Burtons too old fashion horror movie. Nolan but a bit more fantastical and maybe some Sherlock Holmesishness. I want to see Batman the detective.

        • Exactly i think use the atmosphere/Gotham from the comics, the look of Nolan’s style (very little CGI), and the sort of supernatural elements from the Batman lore like the Lazarus Pits, Venom, etc. To me Batman was always this deadly genius that used normal world methods like his investigative skills but was up against supernatural enemies like Ra’s Al Ghul, Clayface and so on. In a way that sort of made him the under-dog and believable as a hero.

    • I agree 100%

      Scott Adkins

  22. Anson Mount looks like he could do it. The other guys look to soft.

    I know a great actor can make you believe anything but that line didn’t cut it for me when i auditioned for the role of baby jesus and i don’t think it should give these other guys chance either.

  23. Excuse me? The world doesn’t want your bigot attitude. But yet here you are anyway. I hope the next Batman is the biggest, gayest most flaming Batman EVER to spite you now.

    • Shame on you, Martimus

      • @Lex Luthor

        Was not Martimus, he was responding to an idiot who cannot tolerate gays.

    • That’s no way to get attention.

    • Hey, Matt Bomer can be gay all he likes. That’s not my issue here. The issue is there would be an immense s***storm of jokes pointed at the two greatest superheroes ever. I don’t want to see Superman and Batman reduced to the Frodo/Sam stuff that LOTR fans have to deal with.

      • Don’t you guys want a real martial artist as Batman this time. I know I said it earlier, but if Bale is not coming back than we need Scott Adkins to play him. He is almost 6’0 tall (5’11) so close enough, but the action would be awesome.

        • Scott Adkins is a great martial artist and a decent actor but not an A list actor. Don’t think he has the skills to take on Batman.

          • That’s what they said about Henry Cavill being superman….Case closed.

        • Scott Adkins just doesn’t have the acting range to take on the role of Batman, I’d rather see him as a villain, he’d make an excellent Deathstroke or even better Red Hood.

          • Joe Manganiello anyone? He could pull of Batman easily and Bruce Wayne also. And the ladies love him too!

            • Joe is my pick. He’s big, muscular and can pull off Wayne (if he shaves and cuts/combs his hair).

              Ackles, Fassbender et al are too small in build.

              Anson Mount is too old.

              • Fassbender can perfectly bulk up.
                You forgot Christian Bale´s case…The Machinist and after Batman,remember?
                And Fassy is not too thin like Bale was at that time.

          • Acting range? Have you seen any of his movies? Try some….

          • You obviously haven’t seen all of his films. The guy can act, he’s done action, serious / dramatic roles, comedy and he even did a Terantino grind-house type film (el Gringo) which had a really passionate love scene.

            Do your research next time.

            • ivs seen ALL his movies and hes CRAP.. you guys need to drop your “if only we can get some ridiculously buff gu6y in a costume fetish” &get back to basics..

              start with an ACTUAL ACTOR one who can portray a range of emotions above that of say a plank of wood.. then work your way up.. is he in good shape? if so can he learn the neccessary skillsets to imbue the character with that sense of authenticity.. etc etc

              • Jim Caviezel!!!!!!!

      • I hear ya. But it’ll get old real quick. I mean that’s really not a legit reasoning for casting choices. It’s called progress. Plus, you think it won’t happen with a straight actors?

    • Batman & Robin is being re-released in 3D?

      Sorry, I couldn’t resist. I jest.

  24. I like Anson Mounts but my vote would be for Jim Cavizel

    • @Rafter: Does Jim Cavizel have the physicality to play Bats? I dunno.

      • Vegabomber (cool call-sign): He does it every week on Persons of Interest.

        • @Rafter: (Thanks) Never seen the show, I should have clarified my comment. I really mean does JC have the physical presence to play Bats? Last time I saw JC he was in the Passion of the Christ and I don’t remember him having a broad physique. Fill me in.

          • @Vega, he does have the physical presence. He’s beefed up since the POTC role but he’s not like crazy ripped or anything but he has an intimidating presence. As someone stated on here a little while ago, POI is very much like a Batman television show. Personally, I think the guy would make a great older Batman if JL picked up after the events of the The Dark Knight Rises.

          • @VegaBomber Believe me, JC (hahaha, get it?) can fill out a suit nicely.

            • he made the comment to mel gibson when they were on pre-production that his initials were JC and he was 33 at the time filming began

    • Both have a similar look and great eyes.

  25. 2 words : Gabriel Macht

    • Macht could pull off Wayne, not so sure about the bat

      • From the point of view of acting, given its qualities, I think he would have no problem playing the bat. At the moment it lacks a few pounds of muscle but when you see the transformation of Tom Hardy I have no doubt about the magic of Hollywood.

    • Dude I was just about to put that..lol..I’m all for Gabriel Macht he is phenomenal on Suits and could easily pull off the playboy Bruce Wayne, but also I believe he could pull off the “Worlds Greatest Detective” Batman if that was the route they went.

      He’s not too old to be next to Cavil and I could definitely here is condescending tone behind a cowl..Excellent choice.

  26. Oh Kevin Conroy, if only you were younger

  27. Ian somerholder
    Joe mangello(true blood werewolf)

    From the above list I’d go with Matt bomer or Luke Evans

  28. Terrible choices. It’s about time they had someone who is convincing physically to portray the role. Matt Bomer is great by the way, but you surely can’t have a batman that looks more like superman than the actor playing superman…although I think john Hamm might be a good shout…
    Armie Hammer was up for the tole once…he could be decent…

    • So you can’t have a Batman who looks more like Superman, but Jon Hamm is a candidate for you? Especially as someone ‘convincingly physical’? :S

  29. Karl Urban

    • He’s already come close to doing the Bale Batman voice in Dredd.

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