Robbie Amell, cousin of Arrow star Stephen Amell, has appeared in television shows including The Tomorrow People, The Flash and The X-Files reboot. As long as Reeves doesn't mind recasting a DCTV star, Amell would be an excellent choice for young Batman. He is a charismatic, perennial leading man in television, and is set to star in Amazon's upcoming show Upload, but he would almost certainly find time in his busy schedule to play the title role in The Batman.
Before Baby Driver, Ansel Elgort was a teen romance darling in The Fault in Our Stars and the Divergent series. The Edgar Wright chase thriller, however, illustrated just how Elgort has grown into a mature actor capable of compelling dramatic performances. Elgort has been the leading man in prominent films before, and despite his recognition as an actor, he has not yet appeared in either the MCU or DCEU. At 24, he could lead a Batman franchise for years to come.
At 35, Blair Redford is the oldest actor on our list, but his youthful physicality and energy could still contrast and complement Ben Affleck's older Batman. Redford has largely worked in television, including starring in shows like Switched at Birth and the X-Men-spinoff The Gifted. In fact, his character in The Gifted, like Batman, is a compelling and brooding superhero. Redford has leading man potential, and if Reeves is looking to cast a relative unknown in the role of Bruce Wayne, Redford would be a perfect fit for the role.
Like Evan Peters, Aaron Taylor-Johnson played Quicksilver — just in the MCU, rather than in the X-Men franchise. But that isn't the limit of his talents: he has also appeared in Nocturnal Animals, for which he won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor, Joe Wright's period piece Anna Karenina, Gareth Edwards' Godzilla, and as the eponymous superhero in the Kick-Ass films. Johnson's wide range of films show the diversity of the roles that he plays and his strengths as a leading man. He is meticulous in developing strong physicality and vocal work for his characters, and he would certainly craft compelling characterizations for both Bruce Wayne and Batman.
Armie Hammer was almost Batman once before in George Miller's ill-fated Justice League: Mortal, but the project fell through. However, even nine years later, he's still a strong pick for Bruce Wayne. After a showstopping performance in Call Me By Your Name, Hammer is the man of the moment, and The Social Network, The Lone Ranger, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (in which he co-starred with Superman Henry Cavill) show the range beyond that. He has the perfect combination of name recognition and demonstrated acting ability to generate buzz as the leading man of The Batman. Standing tall at 6'5", Hammer also has the necessary strong physical presence as the hero of Gotham city.
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