Matt Reeves' The Batman is searching for an actor to play a younger version of the caped crusader, possibly of Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne himself. While Reeves' story does not mean the end of Ben Affleck's Batman, choosing to focus the story on a younger Batman could help to revitalize the character.
Reportedly, The Batman has begun to prep for production, and Reeves has met with Jack Huston for the lead role, although the 35-year-old actor is presumably too old to fit the casting description. From all current information, the actor who ends up playing a younger Batman would be 15-20 years Affleck's junior, although there's room within that to go a little older depending on the talent.
Assuming we're casting a younger version of Ben Affleck's Batman, here's a list of actors who fit the bill. Similar to Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo, we've chosen actors who could headline an excellent action film, rather than physically resembled Affleck.
Evan Peters is no stranger to superhero films, playing Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past, Apocalypse, and the upcoming Dark Phoenix. But the 31-year-old actor is perhaps best known for playing a multitude of roles in American Horror Story; he shines over the different seasons whether he plays a cult leader (Cult), serial killer (Hotel), school shooter (Murder House), or circus sweetheart (Freak Show). Peters is ready to helm a movie, and The Batman would give him the opportunity to be a leading man.
At twenty-three, Nick Robinson is the youngest potential Batman on the list. However, his youth could be an advantage if Reeves' The Batman is in the very early days of Ben Affleck's character. Just to look at him, Robinson is the ideal "young" Batman. He's got the chops too, having appeared in Everything, Everything and Jurassic World, then starring as Simon in Love, Simon. Robinson would bring an earnest and youthful energy to Batman that would distinguish him from previous iterations, something important given the legacy of Christopher Nolan's films, Gotham, and the many other Batman stories that audiences have already seen.
Chris Hemsworth is Thor in the MCU (and Luke is his actor counterpart), but could Liam Hemsworth find a home in the DCEU? The 28-year-old actor stands 6'3" and looks similar to a young Ben Affleck, while his work in The Hunger Games and Independence Day: Resurgance have proven that he is an action star. Indeed, Hemsworth's Gale Hawthorne in The Hunger Games is a brooding and morally ambiguous man forced to make violent choices; his performance is practically a prototype for the young Batman.
While Harry Styles is best known for his music career, his performance in Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk was a poignant and understated breakout. His inclusion in the film spoke to his skill as an actor, not a gimmick to appeal to his young fans. Dunkirk should be the beginning of Styles' film career, and the 6'0" actor would make a striking young Bruce Wayne.
That being said, being a pop star could also be an advantageous selling point for casting Harry Styles. He has a robust fanbase who would see The Batman because of him, which along with DCEU fans could break the box office. Whether DC fans would be as keen, however, is unclear.
Brett Dier has charmed audiences on Jane the Virgin, but since the show is approaching his final season, he will become available for new projects. Dier does not have a great deal of experience leading a film, much less a franchise, but he has shown his immense talents and range as a comedic and dramatic actor on TV. While The Batman would give him a new and different challenge, the 28-year-old actor would certainly rise to the challenge of making Bruce Wayne into a real person, instead of just a mask that Batman wears. In fact, Dier may be able to find some humor in Bruce Wayne's playboy facade, which could add a surprising likability of the character.
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