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. Anson Mount! Perfect!.

    Hey i’m surprised they havent made a reboot of Flash Gordon yet!.

  2. Anson Mount, hands down! His brooding darkness, great looks, make him a perfect fit!

    • Agreed. They should have put up a pic sans beard. Think thats throwing people off.

  3. Please – Matt Bomer IS *Superman*! Out of this group, Richard Armitage.

  4. Jackie Chan would definitely be the most perfect man for this role

  5. talyor launter the next daredevil aka mudock all new cast imeb miove
    the next karatekid 2 reboot

  6. A sound “no” on any of the actors mentioned here.

    Josh Holloway should just be the next sucessor to Indiana Jones.

    Replace Shia, get Josh. He’s got the Indy charm, the physicality and he has great comic timing. Seriously.

  7. Theo James should play Batman because he has charm,lips and a nice body.

    • Not a bad choice. And now that Golden Boy is cancelled he’ll be available.

  8. That’s Theo James from the tv show Golden Boy series. For some of you who don,t know him.

    • Christian Bale is the best Batman!

  9. Those are all pathetic choices

  10. I’ll vote for Richard Armitage. He has the looks & talent. One can see how mysterious & how dark his style looks. As you mentioned, he is a good actor & his character in Spooks is quite similar to Batman which is intelligence, style & hand to hand combat. He also proved himself in the big screens as Thorin. His acting is awesome in it & as Hobbits is distributed by Warner, I think they wont have any problem signing him as the new Bat. I seriously wanna see him to get the role. He is the best Wayne/Bat I can think of after Christian Bale. I really wish those guys in Warner sees this and cast Richard Armitage.

  11. Why do you have to choose 4 actors in their 40s for a Batman that won’t be filmed till 2015 at the earliest? They may have made sense 5 years ago but they’re way too old now. Matt Bomer is the only one of those that fits.

  12. Matt Bomer will b he perfect next Batman

  13. This list is bad ,and you should feel bad!

  14. Richard Armitage. He reminded me of Michael Keaton who tops Bale as Batman.

  15. My first preference is Rchard Armitage and my second is Anson Mount because he looks dark and intimidating which is the main purpose of Batman. My thisr preference is Matt Bomer. The others? Not really perfect for the role, apparently.

  16. I would love to see Richard Armitage as the new Batman, but I’m afraid he’s too much like Christian Bale and he’d have a hard time re-making the character as new and fresh.

  17. I think Scott Atkins should be the next Batman…

  18. how about Scott Adkins? I’ve always seen him as a potential Batman, with his actual martial arts skills he could show us how Batman is truly skilled. something we haven’t seen in any Batman movie, all explosions and no over the top martial arts !!!

  19. I’m an advocate of Bomer, but I am a little worried if he’s able to be menacing. He’d be the best playboy Bruce Wayne but I’m not sure if he can be frightening. If he doesn’t do it, than Armitage is the guy I want to play Batman. He’s certainly brooding enough.

  20. OK to the first three but a thousand times no to Luke Evans and Richard Armitage.

  21. Okay…I”m thinking that this is a bit of a stretch, but why not Benedict Cumberbatch? He’s got the “you will sh*t your britches” voice that Batman has. He has some muscle and just needs to work out for a bit and he’ll have the physique. He’s used to playing smart and gifted people and Batman for sure is smart and gifted. Benedict would be the perfect Batman.

    • He looks less like Batman and more like an alien. BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH FOR MARTIAN MANHUNTER!! 😀

      • Benedict cumberbatch for the Joker

  22. Karl Urban!!!!!

  23. Karl Urban should play Batman based on his portrayal of Judge Dredd.

  24. Matthew McConhay

  25. There’s only one actor I can see playing Batman, and that’s Ryan Gosling. Watch “Drive” if you don’t believe me.

  26. Jim Caviezel already plays Batman every week . . . on Person of Interest. He has the look, the voice, the martial arts skills, and he disappears when you look away. It would probably be better for Batman fans if someone else got the movie role though, so we can enjoy Caviezel’s Batman every week on PoI and the someone else’s version on the movies.

  27. Tom Cruise WOULD BE THE BEST FIT!

  28. I would say no on most of these…

  29. Most of these actors seem to be chosen to play Batman as Justice League’s creepy uncle.

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