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. All I have to say is…Karl Urban…for the win…

  2. Fassbender would make a good Batman.

  3. Armitage would be awesome… he does stoic inner pain turmoil badass well (check out Strike Back, Season one as well as his Thorin)- But Karl Urban’s voice – And as much as I love Nathan Fillion, he is just a little out of shape. Tough choice.

  4. You know what, I’m just gonna throw this out there:

    Daniel Day-Lewis

    or

    Clive Owen

    • Day-Lewis? Please tell me you’re joking.

    • Daniel Day-Lewis?????!!!!! I take it that you’re joking!

  5. Josh Holloway may be able to pull off batman…I like the idea of Matt Bomer I just don’t think he’d be able to pull off the deeper batman voice

  6. Nice list! Richard Armitage is a great choice. Save Holloway for Star Wars though. :)

  7. I totally agree with the Scott Adkins choice. The man has actually traveled the world learning martial arts, convinced the world he was Russian and withstood a barrage of fire from Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis and then returned fire causing THEM to duck. That’s Daniel Day Lewis levels of method acting.

  8. I’m not sold on any of these guys but Josh Holloway would be a perfect Doctor Strange. Dye his hair black and he’s ready to go. They need someone younger to carry the torch.

  9. Matt Bomer the only one on this list that’s close to Bruce Wayne

  10. Most of those people apart from Luke Evans are in their late 30′s/early 40′s
    How about a young Batman for once ?
    not Spiderman young but early 20′s going on late 20′s

    • No young Batman, I seriously don’t want a fresh faced actor as a guy who saw his parents murdered in front of him and traveled the word to fight in the deepest pits of hell.

  11. Okay I can’t make heads or tails out of the comments on this page. Am I getting senile or did I get my meds mixed up again or what? Someone help an old guy out>

    • Crap this was supposed to be at the bottom not here.

  12. I’ve been saying Anson Mount forever. He would own the role, making a great Batman and an even more convincing Bruce Wayne

  13. I think Anson Mount would be awesome. He definitely has the Bruce Wayne look.

  14. What? I’m personally sick of all the Batman’s so far being sucky at fighting and acrobatics. Bale had martial arts classes, but he couldn’t even jump ffs.

    Scott Adkins is my pick. He needs a CRAPLOAD of dramatic acting classes, but he definitely has the The Dark Knight fighting and acrobatics prowess down. Plus he’s an up and coming actor.

    • The man is getting better. I think people where phased by his performance in Ninja, like I was. It wasn’t until some of his later films I saw he was actually pretty charismatic. If you doubt Adkins as Bruce Wayne, check out El Gringo.

  15. Oh man, Anson Mount would make an awesome Batman AND Bruce Wayne

  16. I’m thinking Scott Adkins or Sam Witwer for Batman. They are in their mid to late 30′s. They are young enough to grow with the franchises. If they continue on with Nolans stupid universe, they are the same age as that Batman so it all could work out.

    • Who the hell are Adkins & Mount? Throw a bone to us with a life. What have they been in that I can compare. I’m a huge Bats fan but without a comparison…..?

      • You’d have to Netflix this, but Anson stars in AMC’s Hell on Wheels.
        Third season in August. Also in the new ABC pilot “Red Widow” starting next week?(I think). In the mob and gets killed. Premise of the show is the wife has to take over.

    • Who are Adkins, Bonner & Mount? Throw a bone to us with a life. What have they been in that I can compare. I’m a huge Bats fan but without a comparison…..?

  17. I don’t think any of these actors could play Batman! (not Matt Bomer, please)
    I’d like to see Joseph Gordon Levitt as the prosecution of the final chapter of Nolan’s trilogy.

    • i love jgl .. but no thanks for him as bats.. knightwing all the way though..

    • HEEEEEEELLLLLLL NOOOOOOO.

      JGL’s little “Robin” character was a travesty of a fail. He could possibly have played Tim Drake (Robin III) if it weren’t for the fact that they tried to amalgam every robin into his character and then throw the batcape in his face at the end of that movie. He should never be allowed near the Cape and Cowl.

  18. Matt Bomer

  19. I’m sorry, but none of those actors will do. Yes I agree, he should be around 30 years old for the justice league. but in terms of actors, he has to have a really dark persona as well as dark rugged looks like Bale has. I want to see more dark this time. So who would fit the bill. For me its Jim Caveizel. He certainly has the voice. haha. But he’s too old now probably. So ok, a younger actor, erm…Wes Bentley. Give that guy a go. he’s all kinds of dark and like an onion! All they got to do is get him pumped up.

    • Caviezel is 44. Actors play younger all the time. Maybe he wouldn’t quite be able to pull off 30, but dye his hair and I think he could definitely do it.

  20. Thanks Huntress, i know all this, i am an actor. :) Email me actquest74@gmail.com :) whats your name?

  21. jim caviezel…interesting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBKezcOfy2M

  22. James Cavizel can make an awesome Batman.

  23. jensen ackles

  24. Karl Urban would be perfect…His Judge Dredd was perfect

    • Agreed

  25. Josh Holloway as Batman…there is no word in Elvish, Entish, or the tongues of Men to describe the awesomeness of that idea.

  26. How about Matthew Fox………wore a mask in Speed Racer, played an angst individual in Lost

  27. Somebody earlier mentioned Scott Adkins. I had never heard of him, so I looked him up, and holy crap he would be awesome! I would like to see a Batman that actually knows martial arts.

  28. Am i the only one who thinks Karl Urban would be a good batman?

    • @zack

      Nope, if you go back, you’ll realize you’re like the 40th person to say this. Karl Urban rocked Dredd. Can’t wait to see it again.

  29. No mention of Jensen Ackles? Fail.

    • He would be good, but I just want a Batman that knows martial arts. I am tired of having Batmen that just fight like the average boxer.

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