A few weeks ago I posted an article regarding the 3 actors I believe could play Lex Luthor in the Superman/Batman movie. At the start of that article I also said I would be doing follow-up pieces for the rest of the DC cinematic universe, and this week I turn my attention to the character of Batman.
Nothing is really known about the movie at the moment, other than a brief announcement at the San Diego Comic-Con, we really don’t have much to go on. We can hazard a guess at a few things though. Firstly we know that the Man Of Steel universe has no connection at all to Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, which means we will see a brand new face under the cowl. I’m also guessing there will be no origin story for Batman, partly because there won’t be time, and partly because Nolan’s Batman Begins will still be fresh in so many peoples minds (here’s looking at you Amazing Spider-Man) and simply won’t be necessary.
It is also fair to say that this version of Batman may well be older than Superman, and the film could play upon that. With Batman being more experienced and world-weary against Superman’s youthful black and white take on the world. I would also guess that the two heroes will come to blows at least once in the movie.
Now we have an idea of how the new Batman may be portrayed, here is my list of the 4 actors I believe could suit up and become the new Dark Knight.
Karl Urban is my personal pick for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. He can mix up action, comedy and drama perfectly, and after seeing him portray Judge Dredd so well, we know he has the jawbone (very important) and the gravelly voice perfect to pull off the caped crusader. His ability to play both good and bad guys in movies will be key to portraying the inner workings of both Batman and Bruce Wayne, a character who has some dubious qualities and distinctions. Also, it is important, I feel, for the new Batman to be played by someone who isn’t a household name yet, much like Warner Bros. did with Henry Cavill as Superman. That’s no discredit to Urban either, but at the moment he’s not a household name, and that is important for audience to believe in the character more.
Clive Standen is a man who not many people know about at all, even I had to do a bit of research on him for this article. Standen’s first role came in 2004 in Waking The Dead but is most recently known for his part as Rollo in TV show Vikings. Standen definitely has the look down, and would be a perfect if Warner Bros. want a young actor (like Cavill) to carry the Batman franchise for years to come.
David Boreanaz may not be on many people’s list, but for me no one is better at brooding than this man. Boreanaz is probably best known for his role as Angel in TV show Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and its spin-off show Angel (clever title that). Boreanaz is the full package, he can brood, he can fight, he has the build and he has the ability to play dual roles as anyone who saw his transformation from Angel to Angelus can attest to.
Often mooted for, well, any superhero role that comes up, Jon Hamm would be a perfect fit for an older more experienced version of Batman. If director Zack Snyder sticks to the source material of The Dark Knight Returns, then Hamm would be the go to man as far as I’m concerned. With a filmography that includes Mad Men, The Simpsons and 30 Rock, Hamm certainly has the ability to mix up his style and pull off the dual roles of Batman/Bruce Wayne.
So there you have it, my list of actors who could play Batman in the Superman/Batman movie. What do you think of my ideas, and do you have anyone else in mind? Let me know in the comments section below.