Warner Bros. has already made clear their intentions to reboot the franchise sometime in the future and on top of that, they also have a Justice League film coming up. Of course, this means that they’re going to have to find someone else to take on the iconic role of Batman (even if they do end up killing him off in Nolan’s trilogy).
Christian Bale has done such an excellent job with the role and it would be near impossible for any actor to follow in the footsteps of such a talented individual. Yet, if there had to be a group of actors with a shot at doing it, I think I have an idea of who would be on the list.
With that in mind, I present to you ten actors that could play Batman once Warner Bros. decides to reboot the franchise.
Warning: These choices are inspired, different, unexpected and some of them, completely nuts. But hey, whoever said we like to conform?
I know what you’re thinking, so allow me to clarify. I am in no way suggesting that the Ryan Gosling we saw in The Notebook or in Crazy Stupid Love should step into the shoes of cinema’s most beloved superhero. Rather, I am referring to the Ryan Gosling we saw in films like Drive and The Ides Of March, as well as the side of Gosling we’ll see in upcoming films like Only God Forgives and Gangster Squad.
Although mainly known for being a pretty face, actor Bradley Cooper is trying to prove that he’s more than just that. After breaking out with The Hangover, Cooper has gone on to take more dramatic roles, proving himself as a leading man in films like Limitless and in upcoming roles such as Silver Linings Playbook and The Place Beyond The Pines, both of which are hits.
Like Gosling, he’d be a draw for the ladies and his irresistible charm, charisma, and playboy-like antics would lend well to the Bruce Wayne persona. He’s also shown his action chops in The A-Team, proving that he has no problem kicking ass when need be.
Ah yes, Mr. Michael Fassbender, the man that people are currently touting as the greatest actor of this generation. Admittedly, I was a bit hesitant about putting Mike on this list. For an actor drawn to projects like Shame and Hunger, he doesn’t seem like the type to tackle Batman. But then again, he starred in X-Men: First Class, and will be flexing his assassin skills in the Assassin’s Creed film too.
Those roles may prevent him from headlining yet another blockbuster franchise, but if by some stroke of luck he’s able to sneak into the role, I think he would make an excellent Caped Crusader.
Though this would be a bit of a controversial choice seeing as Batman has always been portrayed by a Caucasian, I’m still rooting for Idris Elba. Though not an A-lister like Gosling, Elba is a fantastic actor and one who is slowly, but surely, making a name for himself.
After building up a fanbase for his role as Stringer Bell on HBO’s celebrated drama The Wire, Elba has gone on to show off his tough and commanding presence in films like Thor, Prometheus and Takers, as well as the hit show Luther. In terms of future projects, he’ll star in the upcoming blockbuster Pacific Rim, from director Guillermo del Toro as well as return to Thor 2.
I’m not sure why, but I’ve always enjoyed Joseph Fiennes as an actor. He’s not exactly a household name and his career isn’t as successful as brother Ralph, but I do enjoy his work. Best known for Shakespeare in Love, which couldn’t be anymore different than The Dark Knight trilogy, Fiennes has also showcased his acting chops, and in an effective manner, in productions like Enemy at the Gates, Camelot and FlashForward, all of which I really enjoyed.
He can do both tough and charming (i.e. Bruce Wayne and Batman) and his lower profile may actually be beneficial for the film, as audiences won’t have any pre-conceived notions going into the reboot.
Fiennes is definitely an underdog, but I say give him a shot.
Again, another non A-List actor, but a talented individual nonetheless. Wes Bentley is a name that you’ve likely heard, but would have trouble associating a face with. Up until a while ago, I was in the same camp, so don’t feel bad.
The actor still hasn’t had his breakthrough role yet (some may argue he broke out in American Beauty), but his strong presence in the recent blockbuster The Hunger Games has ensured that this star-in-the-making will earn more recognition in the near future.
Like Cooper, I may have a tough time buying the tough guy superhero act, but also like Cooper, Bentley is a talent I believe in. Give him a workout regiment, teach him some basic fighting, and you may just have a Batman in the making.
And then we come to Joe Manganiello, good ol Big Dick Ritchie from Magic Mike. Or, as he’s more commonly known, the hot werewolf Alcide from True Blood.
Manganiello is on the superhero fast track. Ever since being overlooked for the role of Superman in Man of Steel, the actor has been telling everyone who will listen that he still wants to play a hero, even stating that he’s going after the Batman role in the reboot.
Though I don’t think he has much talent in acting, he would make an admirable Caped Crusader for a few reasons. Like a couple other choices on the list, he would draw in the female crowd, no doubt about that. But, aside from that, there’s a few other reasons that I want to see Joe go from werewolf to bat.
You gotta love the underdog choices, right? Here’s one: The Walking Dead‘s Andrew Lincoln. I know, he doesn’t look like the Batman type on first glance, but honestly, Lincoln is one of the best actors currently working on television and his Officer Rick Grimes on AMC’s hit show has me wholly convinced that he has what it takes to don the cape.
The confidence and leadership he exudes on The Walking Dead is perfect hero material. His character, Rick Grimes, is fearless, brave and courageous, always stepping up to lead the survivors and always restoring peace when there is chaos. Seems like something Batman would do, right?
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