Warning: This article contains potential SPOILERS for Titans
There may be a new actor playing Batman to get excited about, but he won't be seen in any movie just yet. Instead, he'll be featured on the Titans TV series exclusive to DC Universe - and from the looks of it, the actor is the same one many fans theorized had landed the part months ago.
In the first episodes of Titans it seemed possible for DC to avoid casting an actual actor to portray Batman or Bruce Wayne on screen. With Robin having moved on from Batman, recalling only flashes of his memories being adopted by Bruce Wayne, a stand-in seen only out of focus or silhouetted looked like an easy solution. But now that a far better glimpse of Bruce Wayne has been offered in Episode 3, our suspicions may have been proven true.
We think we know who has been cast as Bruce Wayne for the world of DC Universe shows - now fans must decide if our theory is correct.
- This Page: Yes, Lewis Tan is Likely Playing Batman on Titans
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This Shot of Batman May Confirm The Actor
Previous episodes of Titans have shown small moments, memories of Bruce most prominent in Dick Grayson's mind. First, it was only his hand placed on Dick's shoulder shortly after his parents were killed, telling the orphan that he wanted to "help" him. Next came glimpses of Bruce and Alfred discussing Dick's future in a distant room, and the shadowy outline of Bruce in one of Wayne Manor's windows - watching Dick speed off in a stolen Porsche. But finally in Episode 3, the camera puts Bruce into sharp focus... just not his face. Yet.
The shot we're referring to comes after Dick has met with his case worker, who informs Dick that his parents may have been murdered. Dick returns to her office a few times throughout the episode, with the last visit setting Dick up to actually start accepting a new life offered by Bruce Wayne. And at that shift, the camera flips to show Bruce himself, viewing the scene through a two-way mirror into the room.
At first glance, the idea of identifying the actor already playing Bruce Wayne based only on the back of his head may seem like a long shot. But then, we're not basing our educated guess on dumb luck. We're basing it on one actor's previous tease that they were bound for DC Universe in a Bat-tastic role.
That Sure Looks Like Lewis Tan as Bruce Wayne/Batman
For anyone who missed Lewis Tan (Iron Fist, Into the Badlands) and his online tease of a DC role, his appearance as Bruce Wayne may now seem somewhat... well, obvious. Tweeting out a post that confirmed Tan met with DC about a Batman related role, along with an image of him in the DC offices, stack of trade paperbacks under his arm was impossible to misinterpret. Even when Tan noted that it was Tim Burton's Batman movie that brought his father to Hollywood, and that he would come "full circle," the role in question wasn't clear.
Fans soon noted his martial arts prowess, which made waves when he appeared in a tiny role in Iron Fist (outshining the star for some viewers), and assumed that a role as Nightwing in the DCEU was the most likely candidate. But looking now at Tan's tagging of DC Universe specifically, and the fact that it really does look like Tan playing Bruce Wayne (we've made a comparison above based on his appearance in Hawaii Five-O), the simplest answer may have been the right one all along. Bringing it full circle to Batman for the DC Universe of shows? Tan has done just that, presumably from the very first episode.
Now, what does this mean for the size of Batman's role on Titans for the future? Well, it's time we take a closer look at the comics Tan was given as prep for his part - and what they imply about the version of Batman fans will be getting.