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 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.


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. No need for an origin story on a reboot, go with a seasoned, very capable and nasty Batman who is older and been doing it awhile. For that scenario, Jim Caveizel hands down.

  2. Armie hammer. He may be a better Hal Jordan but he’d be a good Batman too.

    • Dude he’d be a PERFECT Hal Jordan! I’ve always thought that thank you

  3. I personally think Gabriel Macht could play Bruce Wayne/Batman and reasonably well. He dons a suit in ‘Suits’ and I’m sure he could rock a cowl.

  4. Wes Bentley hands down. He has the looks and talent.

  5. I see Bomer more as a choice for Dick Grayson than Bruce Wayne.

    • Bomer looks like a poor man’s superman

  6. i think you should stick with bale he’s good or even keaton

  7. Joseph Gordon Levitt. No questions asked. Its open and shut. They ended with him. They can start the revamp with him. He’s amazing up and comer. he’s not that lil kid from 10 things i hate about you anymore. He more then proved his talents in “Inception”, Powerful role in “Dark Knight Rises”, He did excellent in “Looper” i didn’t see “Premium Rush” yet but he’s my pick… HANDS DOWN. His career is on such an uprising and if he ends up a role in “Guardians of the Universe” your going to see. And if that Cameo happens in “Man Of Steele” it’ll set a chain of events that will make him what we need. He’s perfect, and WILLING. Why reboot? Just let him continue his journey into the bat cave. And BETTER keep SAME ALFRED! I have spoken.

    • You’re dumb.

  8. The Batman from the previous movies. The one that also played in American psycho and for the new joker Johnny Depp.

  9. The Batman from the previous movies. The one that also played in American psycho and for the new joker Johnny Depph

  10. I think the best option on this list (if you MUST reboot it) is White Collar guy. In the comics, Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent have always had similar jawlines and facial structure, and it’d be nice to see that transfer. I love it.

  11. Jensen Ackles or John Hamm

  12. wasn’t initially impressed by this list, however, after recently seeing 3 musketeers again, I
    his introductory scene in that movie was basically a batman audition tape!
    please check it out guys


  14. David Boreanaz was born to play the Dark Knight. Just look at his role on Angel.

  15. it should denzel washington

  16. In justice league, they dont reveal bruce wayne often, as in almost never, they do call him bruce, but the good news, we dont need christian bale that much to play in the suit, oh and btw christian thank you

  17. Jeremy Renner is my pick for the next Batman

  18. Wow none of them! Only actor I’ve seen who looks closest to Bruce Wayne, is Scott Adkins. Batman is also supposed to be a world class martial artist, and does a lot of wild moves… None of these guys look like they’d be that type.

    After watching Adkins’ performance in Undisputed II/III, and Ninja, and then seeing photos of him all posh looking, I thought “holy sh*t its Bruce Wayne, this man needs to be the next Batman”.

    His only flaw so far is, that he must get better at covering his accent, and sound more American, which isn’t that hard.

  19. I think in my opinion Vin diesel should play Batman, he has pretty good acting skills, he has the voice and he has a good build that would fill out the Batman suit

    • That’s a quite shocking suggestion

  20. Michael Fassbender should be the new Batman/

    • Jesus, Fassbender is the Nolan of actors. Everyone thinks he should do every movie.

      • Lolol seriously. Youd think there are only 10 male actors in all of hollywood. According to the nerdery Nathan Fillion and Fassbender should play every role moving forward, for everything.

  21. Someone stated Bale should remain Batman. Unfortunately, he no longer wants the role. I’m thinking maybe Hugh Jackman? Yes, I know he was Wolverine, but I always felt he’d make a better Batman

  22. Anyone else think that Andrew Lincoln (Rick from The Walking Dead) would be a great Batman?

    Or even a good James Bond?

    • No.

    • Not at all.

  23. For me, the best choice would be Karl Urban…he has the right combination of height, build, looks and brooding menace

  24. Jensen ackles!

  25. Jensen ackles

  26. A chosen role for Batman is not like a flick of the finger, just like that. Non of you guys choices are really suitable. To choose a Batman, he has to be young. 2ndly, you have to start to look at their LIPS or below the nose. From Michael Keaton to Christian Bale, the lips looks mean and serious. 3rdly, the reason why they need to be young because 1st, production doesn’t really need to pay him a lot and 2nd, as a attraction for viewers.

    Matt Bomer is the kind of guy. The 2nd is Henry Cavill and 3rd would be, am English actor, Alex Pettyfer.

    • I agreed with you up to Pettyfer. He’s a good actor, but I don’t think he’s Batman material.

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