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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?