5 Actors Who Should Play the Next Batman

Published 2 years 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

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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 SupermanAs 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

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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.


Actors To Play New BatmanThat 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. How about Brandon Routh? Come on guys! Lol…JK

  2. Brandon Routh as Batman would be awesome!

  3. Chael sonnen should be batman ! xD

    • Haha, better watch out of superman decides to throw on the triangle

  4. I think BRANDON ROUTH would be the perfect choice

    • No Brandon Routh would not be a great choice because he was previously a Superman just recently. I believe that it would blur the separation between who’s bruce wayne and who’s clark kent speaking from a filmography stand point. Sure he has had ties to the DC franchise but he in no way should play a character in a movie containing superman unless Brandon himself is superman.
      Joseph Gordon-Levitt would be a great fit with how the Dark Knight Rises concluded but with that said its far fetched due to him presenting his real name to be “Robin” But only time will tell!

  5. Why the hell do I hear some stupid music from an ad that I cannot see to pause or mute???


  7. I would love to see Richard Armitage as the new Batman!

  8. Jensen Ackles all the way…

    • I can see that. He can play the yuppyish Bruce Wayne and totally pull off the gruff (especially with the voice and jaw line lol) Batman. I’d love to see him audition for it.

    • I think he would make a better Jason Todd myself~ Especially since he was the VA for Jason in the “Batman: Under the Redhood” movie

  9. Luke Evans. The other guys will be too old in 2015 to play the part.

    • Luke Evans is only 3 years younger then Joe Manganiello: hardly too old.

  10. I think Michael fassbender would be a great Batman better than any of these guys and if only Joe Manganiello wasn’t so old..

    • Joe Manganiello isn’t “So old”. He’s only 36; a year older then Michael Fassbender.
      IMHO – I still feel he (Joe) is the best person for the job.

  11. I don’t know its hard to let go, Christian Bale did an Amazing job playing the role of batman. He set a standard and for the other actors its going to be pretty hard to beat no matter how good of an actor they are. I wouldn’t mind if Christian Bale reprised the role of batman once more.

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      I would, mainly because that means they’ll have to stick with the same Batman that uses more brawn than brains… I’d rather see a rebooted Batman that’s more like the Batman we know from the comics and animated series that outsmarts everyone, including his allies…

    • Well, to be more specific than simply outsmarts, out-schemes them and even manipulates people into falling for his schemes. I always loved those fights where it looks like the villain is getting the better of Batman, then it turns out it was all part of his plan… We didn’t see any of that in the Nolan films. He barely did any detective work at all, and he’s supposed to be the “World’s Greatest Detective.”

  12. Anson Mount all the way! We need someone who is as dark and brooding as him – but who cleans up well to play the part of the dashing billionaire. He is perfect for Batman. Legendary would be at such a loss to not choose him.

    • Wow, he really would be a perfect Bruce/Batman! You said it perfectly, “..someone who is as dark and brooding as him – but who cleans up well to play the part of the dashing billionaire.” That’s definitely the right direction in terms of casting.

      I have to say how incredible how many actors whom I’ve never heard of until posting on this topic. Heck, I only heard of Joe Manganiello after seeing actors that were up to play Superman. Outside of the obvious trolls it’s been entertaining checking my inbox for the next suggestions from people.

  13. Scott Adkins

  14. Scott Adkins is the ONLY ONE who can actually be a believable batman. READ the comics, play the video games….the only one who can actually pull off bruce wayne and batman is Scott Adkins. Henry Cavill wasn’t an A list actor but he made a great Superman. People doubted Henry Cavill’s acting range but they all ate their words after watching MOS.

    I like Christian Bale but his bruce wayne was soft and worried too much about Rachel. As for his batman….there was nothing scary about him nor could he fight to save his life. He spent half the time wondering when he can stop being batman. Batman worries when he can stop being Bruce Wayne so that he can focus on being BATMAN!!!!!

    Joe Manganiello (LOBO Maybe but not Batman) Joe Manganiello is way too tall especially if DC were to make a JL movie….Fassbender wouldn’t be believable plus he’s already in the X-Men. You can name every actor in Hollywood and I can name at least 50 reasons why Scott Adkins would be a better selection that any one you chose. Batman is not a wimp or cry baby like Bale’s Batman. Val Kilmer and Clooney were both jokes. The closest thing we’ve had to Batman has been MK.

    Nolan’s first two movies were great but his Batman sucked @$$ but no one would admit it. The 3rd movie was a joke; Bane was a joke (esp. the voice) The fight scenes were a joke, the only thing they got right in the 3rd movie was cat woman. The ending was stupid….they had Batman out during the day???? Don’t even get me started on John Blake / Robin. No true Batman fan would disagree. Give us a batman who is actually a good DETECTIVE and MARTIAL ARTIST, one that doesn’t cry or b**** about losing women…..Batman dumped wonder woman and super models yet he cries over ugly ass Rachel????? GTFOH

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    • How dare you I I f you f you

    • I agree with pretty much every single word you said. I love Christian Bale but he was not a great Batman. But your critique of his batman- wanting to quit, crying over ugly Rachel in every frame- had more to do with Nolan and the script. I didn’t like Bale’s Batman because he apparently took no time to learn and understand the character. Look at the way Bale stands in costume (awkwardly with his hands by his side). Look at how his mouth is open all the freaken time, sometimes with his mouth twisted to the side. What the hell is that?! Look imposing, not puzzled!! And stop it with the stupid death metal growl voice. Lastly, I’m right there with you “Truth,” Nolan’s batman can’t fight for s***.

  15. Scott Adkins > Jon Hamm
    Scott Adkins > Joe Magliano …Joe is too tall, would make a better hawk man but he’s already supposed to be in a Marvel movie.

    No matter who you name, the clear choose is Scott Adkins.

    Looks, height, he even broods like Batman….see Boyka

    Scott Adkins will make an amazing Bruce Wayne and an incredible Batman.

  16. The Anson Mount would be the best actor for Batman Movie

  17. Karl Urban needs to be on this list. He has more action movie credentials than most and has already played a character in line with batman in Dredd. Add to this, the fact that he has some damn good acting chops as displayed in Lord of the Rings and Star Trek and you have the perfect Batman.

  18. Armie Hammer would be awesome. He could play an awesome billionaire, and we already know he can do some pretty sick action scenes. I think he’s the best choice. He’s got a good chin for the character too and we already know what he looks like with a mask.

  19. Armie Hammer. End of story.

  20. Not sure if my other comment went through, but Armie Hammer would be amazing. I can see him playing an awesome billionaire, we already know he can do kick-butt action scenes, we know how he looks like in a mask, and I think he has a pretty good chin for the role haha. He’d be perfect.

  21. So now the latest rumor suggests an “older” Batman, like in his 40’s… So, I’ll say it again, Karl Urban???

  22. They should get Richard Armitage, he’s the perfect fit, 6’2 (Batman’s at least 6’1 or 6’0), Black Hair-Blue Eyes (A feature of Bruce Wayne), and the mysterious look he’s got (Guess who?), he’d be an interesting Batman. He is English, but same was Christian Bale, and Bale mastered an American accent plus added a growl to disguise himself as The Dark Knight, Armitage could do the same, and unlike Bale he’s gotta natural baritone voice (As does Kevin Conroy A.K.A. The Real Batman).

  23. i think ben barnes (prince caspian) would be perfect for the batman

  24. Gabriel Macht from Suits has Batman/Bruce Wayne down and would be perfect for the role.

  25. My vote is for Mr Anson Mount never seen the guy in action but the look he has on this pick make him my pick for the next batman/bruce wayne he has both loks in one

  26. Once in the Justice League animated series (not sure if it was the regular one or the “Unlimited” run) Superman (while angry about something) asked “Do I LOOK like Batman?!?!?” and The Flash (Wally West) responded with “Yeah actually, you kinda do! Especially when you’re all dark a broody like that..”. So with that stand point alone, I think Matt Boomer would be a decent new Batman for the Man Of Steel 2 film.

  27. Substituting Bale as Batman will be similar to substituting Downey as Iron Man – don’t even think about it. None of the above actors are fit to play the iconic character even close. They need to include Nolan in the production and Nolan can deliver Bale. Batman is the most difficult superhero character to play, there had been so little success in showing even a piece of his complex nature before Bale that it would be plain stupid to experiment with it now that America has found him. How successful do you think Avengers would have been without Downey playing the Iron Man?