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. Since Batman was supposed to be 6′ 4″ tall and weighed 245# (and Superman 6′ 2″ and 235#)… (I remember this from a comic book over 30 years ago in a Q & A section)… How about tall actors over 6′ 2″ tall? Ben Affleck is one (6′ 2.5″), Tom Welling (6′ 3″ .. how would that be for irony?), Clive Owen (6′ 2.5″), Eric Bana (6′ 3″), Joe Manganiello (6′ 5″ .. good eye candy and physicality .. not that well known) are others. I think J. Manganiello would be a good one to screen test. It would bring in one of imposing physical size and fill the screen. It would be great to also be taller than Supes as that is what the Bats is in the comics .. it would also add gravitas to his role.

  2. Most of the actors suggested already said they weren’t really interested in doing superhero roles in the future. Batman is a huge mantle to fill, and personally I think that Gabriel Macht would be the PERFECT person to fill the shoes. From his roles as a superhero in ‘The Spirit’ to being a well-paid, handsome playboy in ‘Suits’, he’d be the best candidate to portray Bruce Wayne/Batman in the upcoming movie. He even fits within the age range for Batman!

  3. If you all aren’t sure about Anson Mount, check out Hell on Wheels marathon this Saturday on AMC. Mount is the star of the series. About the building of the railroad in 1867. Marathon is all season 2 leading up to season 3 premiere this Sat the 10th. GREAT series!Season 1 marathon was this last Sat.

  4. I would like to suggest ALEX O´LOUGHLIN From Hawaii Five-0 he got everything to make this role his own.

    • I don’t mean this in a mean or offensive way, nor do I have any objection against your suggestion. I only write to say that I don’t think Batman fans are looking for ANYONE to make the “make the role his own.” We want an actor who can deliver the Bruce Wayne and Batman characters as they are universally known. Not “Christian Bale’s interpretation” of what Batman should be. In fact Bale and Nolan both did too good of a job making the characters and universe their own. It was not satisfying at all. Were they good movies? Yes? Were they better than Joel Schumacher’s crap? Yes, incomparably so. But were they good “BATMAN” movies? No. The whole universe was nearly unrecognizable. I would just like to see an actor and director who can take their egos out of the equation and deliver the source material straight up. Warner brothers needs to give DC more control over the project, the way that marvel has control over Ironman, Thor, and Captain America.

      • The issue is that producing a batman movie is expensive, therefore directors aim to make a movie that appeals to everybody instead of batman “real” fans. A movie which that would follow the actual story line and universe of the comic books would seem out of fashion and credible.

        However, and I would really like to be proven wrong.

    • eh, he’s hot but anson’s more manly and superhero lookin

  5. ANSON MOUNT WOULD BE AN UNREAL BATMAN. I HOPE THAT HAPPENS

    • ABSOLUTELY

      • ANSON FOR BATMAN ANSON FOR BATMAN!!!!

        • No Scott Adkins is the man for this job. He is trained in martial arts. His got the looks of batman. He is freaking ripped ( no homo). And he is an actor. We can’t have actors who can’t fight to play batman.

          • NoHomo Denied.

            picking an idescribably wooden actor for one of THE biggest movie roles of all time solly on the strength of his “ripped abs” alone is as manlove as it gets tbh.

            please let these be the last of these ridiculous scott adkins suggestions.

  6. Having grown up with DC, Marvel and the like, I’d like to see someone truly authentic to the role of Batman on screen. Someone who doesn’t have to “play” brooding but actually is brooding, and totally badass. Someone who isn’t being used for sheer commercial appeal (aka a blonde they turn dark) but who will at the same time attract audiences all over the world. Anson for Batman all the way!

    • Scott Adkins is the man. Search up Scott Adkins.

  7. Anson Mount all the way. He’s a solid actor and he’s got the Batman look.

    • No Scott Adkins is the man for this job. He is trained in martial arts. His got the looks of batman. He is freaking ripped ( no homo). And he is an actor. We can’t have actors who can’t fight to play batman.

  8. How could they NOT cast Anson as Batman!?!?!?! The other guys are too pretty and not tough enough to play a superhero. Anson’s the obvious choice.

  9. ANSON MOUNT!!!!!! he is hell on wheels and such a bad ass

  10. Matt Bomer is too mainstream to be cast as Batman. That’s not a movie I’d pay to see. The other guys don’t even have the superhero look. HOWEVER, Anson absolutely does, and his work on Hell on Wheels is spectacular. My vote: Anson Mount

  11. hell YEAH anson for batman! #raisehell

    • No No Scott Adkins is the man for this job. He is trained in martial arts. His got the looks of batman. He is freaking ripped ( no homo). And he is an actor. We can’t have actors who can’t fight to play batman.

  12. https://www.facebook.com/ANSONasBATMAN
    ‘NUFF SAID.

  13. My ovaries burst when I think of Anson Mount as Batman. Oops.

  14. Guyssssssssssss don’t be stupid, it’s gonna be Anson!

  15. NOONE WOULD EVER DO A BETTER JOB THEN “SCOTT ADKINS” “NO BODY” EVERYBODY IS BRAIN WASHED BY HOLLYWOOD AND WANT TO USE THE SAME ACTORS FROM OTHER MOVIES IT’S B.S…

    • Agree!!!!!!

  16. Bear Grylls !!!

  17. Scott Adkins!!!!!

  18. Scott Adkins is a real action actor, he doesn´t use strins, fake muscle suit, or anything else… These guys only look good. That´s not enough. Batman has to be a real actor, whith real skills… And Scott Adkins ALSO looks good!!!!

  19. I think there is ONE thing we can ALL agree on. The latest rumored “top pick” Orlando Bloom is a terrible idea/choice. Notice no one has mentioned his name in these hundreds of posts. I hate Hollywood studio mentality.

  20. Eric Bana for Batman

  21. jensen acles would be the best choice

    • ackles*

  22. Brandon Routh for Batman!

  23. Okay, listen up everyone!! You cannot even begin to suggest a non-British actor to play batman. It is so ridiculous to even start considering an american. Half the actors being suggested shouldnt even pop up in the heads of any batman fan! A great choice in my opinion is fassbender!

    • Why is it ridiculous? there are many Americans that can play Batman.

  24. hmm. plenty of good actors of a ‘certain age’ out there; approaching a certain age myself :-).

    I think you need to consider franchise potential, its as much a physical role as a dramatic role (look at what Matt Damon said about the Bourne films getting to old for the intense fight scenes). Cast someone to old and you will need to recast again before the JL Movie.

    Looking at who is around i personally like

    Joe Manganiello, Jim Caviezel (basically Batman on POI), Richard Armitage

    But what do i know??? i always thought Heath Ledger would be rubbish as the Joker untill i saw Dark Knight and ate my hat :-)

    Look forward to seeing it whoever they cast

  25. Well we can all stop guessing. Ben Affleck to be new Batman. Don’t agree with this, but that’s Hollywood for ya!

  26. And the actor is.. Ben Affleck!

    Eww.. burn! LOL!

  27. How about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Batman?

  28. jim caviezel would be but he would never do batman :/ its not his thing