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. Jim Caveziel? Not overexposed and has the subtlety of acting to be Batman.

  2. I agree and believe that the Matt Bomer Henry Cavill combination would be the new “dynamic duo” for the next batman/superman box office hit!! I hope they consider him as I believe he can pull of both the caped crusader and the Bruce Wayne personas.

  3. Jim Caviezel would be the best and only choice to play the next Batman!

  4. Ugh! Ben Afflect! Really?! I mean, sure he’s great, but for the role of BATMAN/BRUCE WAYNE- he doesn’t really look the part. I suggest some who would look like a playboy billionair at the same time can scare the ever-loving-crap out of yah. Maybe IAN SOMERHALDER? He really plays the playboy part in vampire diaries really well, and he can act all serious in his other films as well! I say go for IAN SOMERHALDER! or get Christian Bale again!

    • Come On!!! Get a Grip. Do you have ANY IDEA about the physical characteristics of The Batman????
      Batman is 6′ 2″ per dc wiki though I also recall a specific answer in a Q & A with readers around 1959 to 1960 back when readers could write in for answers. That stated Supes was 6′ 2″ and 235# whereas Bats was 6′ 4″ and 245# which would make sense if Bats was going to be scary and overpowering to the criminal element. Ian is 5′ 9″ tall and would hardly be intimidating or at least imposing physically. Now Joe Mangienello is 6′ 5″ and 230#… check out his physique :

      http://www.google.com/search?q=joe+manganiello+height+and+weight&client=safari&rls=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=1TjcUpPKCITeoASw1oKgDw&ved=0CCoQsAQ&biw=1215&bih=678

      Now THAT would scare the SH** out of a criminal if he showed up in black with boots and armor and all!!

  5. Hello.
    I was trying to imagine different actors who could play Batman in a more credible way tan Ben Affleck.
    What do you think about this list:
    Gerard Butler (From 300)
    Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the caribbean)
    Bradley Cooper (silver lining playbook)
    James Franco (Spiderman)
    Jeremy Renner (Avengers)
    Justin Theroux (from charlies angels, jeniffer anistons fiance)
    Also I think this other actors could do it but, they may be know for playing their current roles.
    Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern)
    Hugh Jackman (Wolverine)
    Matt Damon (Jason Bourne)
    Daniel Craig (james bond)

    What do you think?
    Any of these actors could give life to BATMAN???

    • i think they measure who will in the mask as what they seen on ben in daredavel..maybe they should try put mask on other actor..ben i think just like gay type soft talking batman is a playboy..

    • I’m sure your picking just on looks I mean Ryan Reynolds is hot but no & no your list is a no

    • you just named a bunch of people. none of this has anything to do with Batman

  6. #3 or #5 I agree with. But totally, never should it be ben affleck. He just doesn’t have the right *look* about him.

  7. Although I agree with Ben Affleck as the next Batman a little, I think one of these actors could play Batman:

    Kiefer Sutherland (from 24)
    Tom Hardy (Though he already played Bane in Dark Knight Rises)
    Colin Farrell (from Total Recall remake)
    Keanu Reeves (from the Matrix)
    Paul Walker (from Fast and Furious franchise)

    or…

    Ethan Hawke (The Purge, Training Day).

  8. I think Robert Downey JR will be great at being BATMAN :)
    Ben Afleck is to much of a good boy and not sexy enough

  9. Gerard Butler should play the next Batman.

    2nd choices

    Nicolaj coster-waldau (Games of Thrones)

    Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern)

    Scott Adkins (The Expendables 2)

  10. Here is my list!

    1.Gerard Butler (300)

    2.Nicolaj coster-waldau (Games of Thrones)

    3.Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern)

    4.Scott Adkins (The Expendables 2)

  11. Okay I am all for Ray Stevenson as batman all the way, did anyone see how great a job he did as the punisher in “Punisher-war zone”? That movie was badly written and he looks like the badass batman of the comic.

  12. I think it should be Viggo Mortensen…he is a bit older but he is a good actor and his got the look for the part.

  13. Zachary quintos? Just saying!

  14. Zachary Quintos? Just saying!

  15. i always thought that bruce campbell (ash) would be a fantastic choice as bruce wayne. well, he´s older now, but that would perfectly set him up as a dark, old millerbatman-version … but only if ever the real DARK KNIGHT-comic would get to be filmed, which will never happen as far as i see it.

  16. Out of all the people…all the potential choices that could play an experienced veteran Batman…WB picked Ben frickin Affleck. He’s not a bad actor, but he’s not who I’d have imagined as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Luke Evans I could imagine for aristocratic features, Anson Mount for grit, Karl Urban for grit….but Ben Affleck. For those excited about the casting, good for you, I hope he lives up to your expectations. For me, between the casting, the WB exec attempting to convince the world they didn’t make a mistake, and Goyer who although I can respect his right to artistic license and vision basically in so many words stated he doesn’t exactly consider his audience, that makes me a little skeptical. Hopefully Ben cuts the flab, packs on the muscle and finds his inner dark knight before production begins and gives us a Batman that isn’t cringeworthy because at this point, it’s really all eyes on him.

  17. Scott Adkins should play as the new Batman!

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    • heck yeaH!!! FINALLY SOMEONE AGREES

  19. I’m cool with Jim Caviezel and Gerard Butler, but I also nominate Jon Hamm from Mad Men.

  20. Billy Cambell is perfect for an older Batman. The old Rocketeer. Perfect fit.

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  22. Karl Urban would’ve been perfect, have you seen Dredd??

  23. I am offended by the fact that no one has mentioned Jim Caviezel. He’s tall, broad, got the acting chops for the job, and that voice is pretty Batman. Come on.

  24. I think Keanu Reeves from Matrix is the best look for batman

  25. Scott atkins would the s*** think of this he doesnt need to train fighting as his style of fighting is pretty much batmans style he just needs a big budget movie too bring his real acting caracter out scott atkins all the way

  26. Patrick Warburton

  27. Richard Armitage is a good choice.
    but the correct answer is Karl Urban

  28. Seriously?!?! Ben Afflack?!?! I honestly think that the only viable option should be Karl Urban (Bones for Star Trek/ Agent Kennex from Almost Human)

  29. matt bomer should play batman.being a gay doesn’t prevent him from playing the role.

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