[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.

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