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. joe magliano is one of my choices for Batman.

  2. I like Anson Mount as well. He has the brooding look in that photo and the right build and also a good actor.

  3. I can see all of them in the role, and there are several others who fit the bill such as Jon Hamm etc. Matt Bomer is a method actor and his resemblance to Supers could be an asset.
    But really, it would depend on how the role is written and which characteristics of Batman are highlighted. I doubt it will be similar to Bale’s.

    • Jon Ham would REALLY need to get in the weight room. Other than that, I could see it.

      • Jon Hamm is a little too old. As another poster pointed out, the new Bruce Wayne/Batman would have to be someone AT LEAST in their early 30′s, if not younger. MOS 2 doesn’t come out until 2015, with a possible JL movie a year or two after that, with probably a stand alone Batman movie sometime around there too. We’re talking about a 6-8 year project for the different films and sequels. If they’re going to keep the same Batman throughout (which would be the best route, continuity-wise), they need someone that won’t be in their mid-late 40′s during the culmination of all these films.

  4. Can’t go wrong with any of these choices. But Matt B will kill it imo.

    • he looks to much like henry cavill
      batman and superman would look like brothers

  5. My vote goes to Michael Fassbender, although I do think the new Batman needs to be tall, I mean proper tall so that means either Josh Holloway or Alexander Skarsgard.

    • I would vote for him if he wasn’t already Magneto. Some have rumored Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger) for the role. I can’t see that happening. He’s 6’5 to Cavill’s 6’1. Plus I don’t think he has “It”.

    • I thought the same thing. Seeing the picture of Richard Armitage brought Michael Fassbender to my mind. Richard has that Batman look to him. He has that “I don’t mind kicking off in your butt look”. LOL! I seriously wonder if Michael could pull it off.

  6. KARL URBAN!! He’s got the chops and we know he can act behind a mask.. Ie Judge Dredd!?
    If they don’t use him Hollywood has it all wrong!

  7. KARL URBAN!! He’s got the demeanor and we know he can act behind a mask.. Ie Judge Dredd!?

  8. Ncholas Cage as the next batman!!!! Just kidding :)

    Please no more talk of Joseph Gordon Levitt, he doesn’t have the height or build to play batman, he’s listed at 5’10 but I think he’s shorter than that…..

    Anson Mount is a good suggestion and I think he definitely has the acting chops to pull it off… I think the other requirement should be an actor who hasn’t played a popular pop culture character, so that would eliminate Karl Urban….

    Benedict Cumberbatch as the joker is a great suggestion in previous posts.. Adkins also as another villain..

    I dont see Fassbender as Batman at all and that’s not just because he’s magneto….

    • Oh man Cumberbatchh as the Joker would kick all sorts of ass, or maybe the Riddler?

    • how about jason statham?
      so what if he’s bald lol

  9. Except for Matt Bomer, the rest of the list sucks,

  10. Scott Adkins is our best best as Batman. Crispin Glover as the Joker. Both of them would be playing themselves basically.

    • I don’t know about Scott Adkins but Crispin Glover is certainly capable of playing the Joker…

  11. Paul Walker should be the next Batman. The guy is a martial artist and a professional driver in real life. Also trained parkour with David Belle for “Brick Mansions”! And just watch his performance in “Running Scared”. Just paint his hair black and gain 5 pounds of muscle mass and he´s ready!

    • Paul Walker is one of my favorite actors. I did not know he trained parkour for “Brick Mansions”, so that is certainly a plus. He was amazing in “Running Scared”…I could see him as Batman as long as he bulked up and dyed his hair black he would be good to go ~ good call The Emet!

      • Ah, Parkour, the most useless reason to risk life and limb unless you live off of youtube revenue…

        • Maybe…but it looks so cool. One of my favorite flicks is “District B13″ because of the awesome parkour!

          • Well I guess I should have added if you’re hopeful to be hired for movie to the only possible uses of parkour…

          • ack, “for a movie”

    • You’re kidding right? Paul Walker is one of the worst actors in hollywood.. the guy is just flat out empty.. i don’t think he’s a real martial artist… real martial artists in hollywood are few and far between.. Michael Jye White and Scott Adkins are a couple that qualify.. even Jason Statham isn’t a real martial artist (although a former athlete — olympic diver)

      • We will have to agree to disagree where Paul Walker is concerned…I think he has depth, gravitas, and he is easy on the eyes.

  12. So what Michael Fassbender is already Magneto?
    Ryan Reynolds was Deadpool(Marvel)and Green Lantern(DC) and James Marsden was Cyclope in X Men and also was in Superman Returns.
    My vote goes to Fassbender!
    He´d be a perfect Batman!!

  13. Nope not feeling any of these I like Boomer ,but he doesn’t have the Edge Batman needs,if bale is not going to do it lets give the part back to an American, the rest look either soft of too heavy

  14. Karl Urban could pull it off nicely I would say!

    • +1 to this. I hope the people making the casting choice is not like these people going by things like who looks like Christian Bale… Karl Urban has the acting chops, and already has a better Batman voice than Batman, lol. And he can look harmless enough when he needs to as Bruce Wayne.

  15. I think Michael C Hall would be a great batman, and i agree with the previous post about Benedict Cumberbatch as the joker that would be AMAZING!

  16. Josh Brolin

  17. Jason momoa would be perfect

  18. I say Armie Hammer they can use camera tricks to make make him look shorter or even make Cavill taller but he has the acting chops for the playboy and he almost played batman anyways in Justice league:mortal.

  19. I also think Karl Urban is the perfect choice. And he’s a big enough star, with a fan base from Dredd, Star Trek and Lord of the Rings, Xena and Riddick? I mean, come on… He’s also the right age for a Justice League version of the Batman.

  20. I disagree with most of these, especially Matt Bomer, he looks almost exactly like Henry Cavill. My choice is Thomas Jane, he has the chin, the build and the ability to deliver witty lines while retaining the dark, tortured hero tone.

  21. Matt B is the only handsome one in the selection…but he does look like Henry C.’s brother. Channing Tatum…? Nah…too thin. Gerald Butler ?

  22. Rob Marciano (Entertainment Tonight) should play the next Batman.

  23. I think that Kit Harington (Jon swon) would be a good Batman!

    • I love Kit Harington…if they are going for a younger Batman then he would be the choice to beat!

  24. I say an older more experience Bruce Wayne. Someone like Jon Hamm. Older but not too old.

    http://www.fillthepart.com/Parts/batman

  25. So I am in the Benedict Cumberbatch camp as my number one choice for the new Batman. Between his work in Sherlock and as Khan in the Trek reboot he has already demonstrated the basic range for a wicked new take on Batman in a Snyderverse.
    There is a great mashup of B.C.’s Khan/Sherlock roles on youtube (Sherlock vs Khan by 221BTardisImpala) Not me, just giving directions.

  26. Jensen Ackles would make a great Batman/Bruce Wayne.

  27. Ryan Gosling w/ hair dyed black? We know he can play suave (The Notebook, Crazy Stupid Love) for the Bruce Wayne elements and he’s proven himself surprisingly adept at playing badass roles in movies like Drive, Place Beyond the Pines, and Only God Forgives. Only thing I’m not sure about is that weird accent he has, he’d have to lose that to sound badass as Batman.

  28. Ryan Gosling w/ hair dyed black? We know he can play suave (The Notebook, Crazy Stupid Love) for the Bruce Wayne elements and he’s proven himself surprisingly adept at playing tough guy roles in movies like Drive, Place Beyond the Pines, and Only God Forgives. Only thing I’m not sure about is that weird accent he has, he’d have to lose that to sound intimidating as Batman.

  29. How about Jason Statham

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