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

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 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

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.


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. Josh halloway for gambit. And Quentin Tarantino would be an awesome batman think about it. How funny would that be

  2. Anson mount is the only one out of the choices you gave who would not be replaced if chosen.

  3. i kno he’s already playing ironman, but robert downy jr can play any part, remember natural born killers and then theres tropic thunder. im just spit ballin ideas tho

  4. Ian Somerhalder. For the record I am a guy and I hate Twilight and Vampire Diaries but I think he has the face of a Bruce Wayne.

    • I second that! Great actor. He would have to bulk up a bit but he does have the face!

  5. John Ham. He looks both the part of bruce wayne and batman, with a brick chin to boot and a deep voice capable of bringing the animated series/arkham games style batman to life.

    • JON HAMM!

  6. Karl Urban. Have you seen Dredd? The entire time I was watching it all I could think about was how I looking at the next Batman.

    Then there’s my personal favorite, Benedict Cumberbatch. He’s a brilliant Sherlock Holmes, and he can do dark and edgy as well as anyone. Batman would be a logical next step, seeing as he’s the “world’s greatest detective”. (As a side note, I think he’d be a great James Bond as well.)

    We can all watch both of these terrific actors in Star Trek: Into Darkness. I’m stoked about this movie, so it makes sense these guys would be in the forefront of my mind…

    • No. Does he have the batman body? No.

      Let me guess, you’re going to put him in another bodysuit aren’t you?

      Just make another Iron Man while you’re at it. That’s not who the Batman is.

      Scott Adkins.

      • scott adkins is the worst actor i have seen in recent years. he is like the Van Dam of 2012. i like john hamm. he is a great actor and fit for the part

        • Yes. Definitely not Scott Adkins.

  7. Just gonna throw this out there.

    Michael Fassbender

  8. Tom hardy!!!! Lol

  9. After reading all these comments, I don’t think I want any more Batman movies. And after all, there are already 8 feature films and 2 film serials.

    • All of these comments EXCEPT FOR YOURS shows just how much everyone else wants another Batman movie. Motion Denied.

      • Here’s another: ENOUGH BATMAN ALREADY.

  10. Should just be Joseph Gordon Levitt
    It’s already been set up so DC doesn’t have to make another batman film thats just gonna flop!

  11. How about Joseph Gorden Levitt plays batman beyond?! I’ve always wanted a batman beyond movie and he would be perfect for it!

  12. How about Joseph Gordon Levitt plays batman beyond?! I’ve always wanted a batman beyond movie and he would be perfect for it!

  13. How about Joseph Gordon Levitt plays batman beyond?! I’ve always wanted a batman beyond movie and he would be perfect for it.

  14. Anson Mount

  15. Anson Mount hands down. Those eyes behind a mask would burn holes thru me.

  16. Of all the ones on the list, I think Matt Bomer looks the most like the Bruce Wayne I’ve seen in the comics. The similarity between him and Henry Cavill may make things difficult though… Batman and Superman are not supposed to be twins.

  17. Am I the only one that notices that Anson is doing the Batglare in that picture???

    • No you are not. Like I said before, those eyes glaring through the bat mask would melt me!

  18. I’ve never thought of anson mount but he actually seems like one of the more solid choices that I’ve seen on several of these batman lists. He’s pretty good in Hell on Wheels and would probably fit very easily into the role. I can definitely see him as both Bruce Wayne and Batman. Too many of these lists try to suggest pretty actors more for the bruce wayne aspect of it, and don’t think about how they will transition into Batman.

    I’m also sick of hearing people say Joseph Gordon-Levitt would be a good Batman/Replacement Batman. He has far too much of a young “pretty-boy” (for lack of better term) persona that he overacts to try to shed it. At least that’s the impression I get when I watch him in movies (I don’t think he’s a bad actor, but I don’t think he’s nearly as great of an actor as many people seem to think). He isn’t a rugged, imposing, and intimidating character like Batman should be. And Batman’s identity as Bruce Wayne is essential to the character. If a character isn’t Bruce Wayne, they can’t be Batman, simple as that. They can be a different variation inspired by Batman, but they’ll never be THE Batman.

    I’m not really a big fan of DC universe (I’ve never been much of a comics guy in general), but I do really like Batman and I’ll give the Justice League a shot even though I don’t particularly care for any of the other characters. But I’d hate for there to be a Justice League Movie that took shortcuts and didn’t have a true Batman in the roster (I’m sure many DC fans would probably agree). What’s the point in making the movie if you’re going to cut corners with key characters?

    Anyways, sorry for going on a tangent. But from this list, my pick is definitely anson mount.

    • I agree with your 2nd oaragraph about being sick of GL rumours for Batman (I think he’d be a great Nightwing… but that’s a debate for another day).
      I’m still not sure about anson Mount or anyone from the list. My 2 favourite picks for who should play Batman are Jim Caviezel (seeing as he basically plays Batman in POI-sans suit and stuff) but I don’t know how he’d be at Bruce Wayne although I’m sure he could do it, and Karl Urban who would be perfect for Batman, and Bruce Wayne.

      • Yeah JGL makes a perfect Robin/Nightwing, just not Batman. I honestly haven’t seen that much of Anson Mount myself to know for sure if he’d be a “perfect” choice, but what I have seen of him (Hell on Wheels) I like. I suppose its the “un-franchised” aspect of him that I like, and it’s an inspired choice. I’d like the next actor to play Batman to be someone who isn’t a well-established actor but is good for the part. Most of the other actors on this list seem like mere “face” actors to me, with little charisma. In fairness I haven’t seen much of their work, if any, but that’s just the vibe I get from them (with an exception to Richard Armitage, who is perfect as Thorin in The Hobbit, but not right for Batman).

        I’ve heard the Jim Caviezel (I haven’t seen the show you’re talking about) and Karl Urban routes on here. Both are pretty good choices. I think Jim is maybe a little too old to take on a reboot of Batman (unless they want to go with an older Bruce Wayne) but in his earlier years, absolutely. Karl Urban is probably a better choice in terms of age (I’m not sure how old he is, but he doesn’t “look” too old) and he’s definitely a more inspired choice. I’m not sure how well he’d pull off Bruce Wayne but I don’t think he’d mess the role up at all if given a chance.

        Whatever they do, I hope the reboot of Batman gets really gritty while also being somewhat “fantastical” (kind of like the arkham video games). They need to be hard PG13-damn-near-R movies. Nolan’s batman is good, the idea of a reality-based batman is interesting (and Christian Bale is a tremendous actor), and from what I understand they did a decent enough job of adapting different story arcs from the comics. However, I think after three movies the concept is a little tired and the character needs to get back to his roots.

        Sorry for ranting again. I just love discussing these kinds of things.

        • Nah don’t be sorry, I love discussing them aswell.
          I agree with your point about Caviezel maybe being too old, but I still think he could do it, although however much I’d like it bo him I think Karl Urban just would fit better, also it would be nice to have a “big” Batman (like in the Arkham games). And I definitely agree that hte next set of Batman movies need to be gritty yet have room for all the elements from the comics without being like the Schumacher films.

  19. This need to find a young Bruce Wayne is a mistake. If we are ever going to allow another filmmaker to give us his/her vision of Batman, we should not look to reboot, but instead recast. A thirty something Batman with the scars to prove it would lend gravitas to a new installment of the Dark Knight. Anson Mount isn’t the only choice, but he’s a very good choice for the role.

    • I’d honestly rather have a reboot of Batman than another “Nolan” Batman movie and I actually like the Nolan movies. I just feel like that style for Batman is getting a little tired and it seems like they pretty much tried to wrap up his story arc (even though in my mind and imagination, Bruce Wayne isn’t “retired” as batman at the end of TDKR). I also don’t see Nolan’s batman fitting in with a Justice League movie (which is more or less the whole reason for the reboot). As awesome as it would be for Christian Bale to be there, it would seem so forced and out of place.

      But I do agree with you in terms of not going for a young Batman. I don’t even know that another origin story is completely necessary for a reboot. Batman is so well-established in popular culture that people really don’t need another movie to tell us how and why Bruce Wayne becomes Batman. There are certainly little ways they can touch on his origin story in the movie without the entire plot of the film being “Bruce Wayne becomes Batman”.

  20. I say give Andrew Lincoln a shot at Bruce Wayne/BatMan!

  21. I say give Andrew Lincoln a try at Bruce Wayne/BatMan

  22. I say give Andrew Lincoln a try at Bruce Wayne/BatMan.

  23. Andrew Lincoln for Batman.

  24. how about scott adkins…he got the looks,fan following,he can act..bat man is a gr8 martial artist..so he wud be a good choice.

  25. I can’t believe that no-one put a viable option on the table here.

    Scott Adkins. Ansom Mount might have the look, but Scott Adkins has both that, and the ability to fight like Batman. Give us a batman that we’ll actually believe, not another Bale/Clooney/Kilmer b*******.

  26. Come on what about Joseph Gordon Levitt. it makes more sense!!!!!

  27. There is only one: Jon Hamm

  28. MATT BOMER… choose him because as we know batman is tall, has a good athletic body, blue eyes and great looks…. MATT BOMER has all that and he also has an additional charm suitable to fit the shoes of batman. the role of batman would suit him the most then compared to others.

    • No, the problem is that Bomer is very suited to play Bruce Wayne, but not Batman, he would be just as bad as JGL being Batman in terms of size.

      • Matt Bomer can’t play the Batman. He’s played Superman and he’s been in Magic Mike, super gay.

        • When did Bomer play superman? Althouh we agree on that he can’t play Batman.

          • MATT BOMER!! With the right foot wear he’d be pushing 6’3″!! Got the looks for Bruce Wayne and a hell of an actor. Just needs to bulk up and bam! You’ve got BATMAN!!

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