“Top 5 actors to replace Ben Affleck as Batman”
DC Cinematic Universe is still finding their way to the successful film formula. After the less than stellar attempt to establish their universe with incoherent and subpar movies, save for Wonder Woman, DC Movies decided to make some rough cuts. First of all, Ben Affleck hung his Bat cowl and left the DC to relapse into alcohol and domestic violence. Then, Warner Bros. began changing up its plans for the DCEU. One idea is to kickstart a new arm at WB that will develop and produce one-off DC Comics adaptations not connected to the DC Extended Universe, meaning filmmakers can come in, try something really radical, and not have to worry about setting up a franchise or fitting into an established timeline. And the newest info is that Henry Cavill hangs his cowl too, putting an end to his portrayal of Superman. Anyway, Batman is the most important character for DCEU, as someone who brings and holds the Justice League together, and since the League is already established there’s a dire need for another actor who would fill Affleck’s shoes, which won’t be very hard. We put together a list of actors who might prove to be a good replacement for the good old butt-chin.
Urban is one of the coolest actors of this generation, probably best known as Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the recent Star Trek films. But geekdom recognizes his scary side as Eomer in Lord of the Rings and Judge Dredd. Like Batman, Judge Dredd is a dispenser of brutal justice with overtly fascistic overtones. Like Batman, Dredd’s most prominent facial feature is his chin. However, unlike Batman, Dredd isn’t an outlaw vigilante, but a fully legal judge, jury, and executioner… Mostly the last one.
Dredd could be considered as an Urban’s audition to play the less scrupulous Batman that would put even the trigger-happy Batfleck to shame. While the New Zealander is undeniably fit for the Batman part, the question remains is he appropriate to play aristocratic type as Bruce Wayne. But, a skilled actor like he is, it’s pretty safe bet to say he’d be good for that too.
There’s a story that Wes Bentley was producer/Bat-expert Christopher Nolan’s first choice to play Bruce Wayne in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It’s easy to see why. Bentley simply radiates Batman’s unique brand of brooding charisma, and he’s also an imposing figure, which is always a great trait in a night-stalking vigilante.
Bentley first made waves with his scene-stealing performance in Sam Mendes’ American Beauty, before going through a rough phase which he successfully overcame. He impressed Nolan on the set of Interstellar as Doyle and was recommended by the director himself to play Batman in the Man of Steel sequel before studio ultimately decided on Affleck. Now that Affleck is out, it’s possible that Bentley may wind up donning the cowl after all.
Like the previous entry, Wes Bentley, it was widely rumored that Richard Armitage was one of the people in the tryouts for the role of Bruce Wayne in Dawn of Justice. It’s easy to imagine Armitage, known mostly as Thorin Oakenshield, in a Batcave, plotting a campaign of terror on Gotham’s criminal underworld. He’s hunky and rough looking, but also charming, which makes him a suitable choice for both aspects of Batman’s persona.
It happened before that the actor made for a role doesn’t get it right away. Roger Moore had to wait a decade for James Bond, as well as Pierce Brosnan. Armitage lost out the first time around, but maybe he’ll have more luck in his second chance at it.
For all of you that tried to pull out Inhumans as the reason against Mount’s appearance as any superhero, we’d like to remind you on Hell on Wheels, one of the most underrated shows of the past decade. Despite AMC neglecting the show in terms of marketing and timeslots, it still managed to thrive thanks to the uncompromising display of Wild West, dramatic plotlines and the acting chops of its lead, Anson Mount.
Mount’s role in this show is the great demonstration for an actor willing to play Batman. Cullen Bohannon is tough as nails, bent on vengeance badass, who hunts down people responsible for his family’s death. He was basically a Wild West Batman (we saw a ninja Batman, so why not this) and also has that striking and intimidating look needed for the role.
The hype machine went into overdrive when it was confirmed that Warner Bros had auditioned the English actor who is trained in ninjutsu, judo, karate, jujutsu, wushu, Krav Maga, capoeira and (breathe) jeet kune do. With a good reason, though. Adkins hit the nail on the head: he does look a lot like a suave and dapper Wayne. Flip through the pages of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman run and you’ll see the uncanny resemblance. In addition, he possesses the freak of nature physique that will scare the holy hell out of criminals. We’re certain Adkins can break arms merely by locking them between his abs. While recent Batman movies had decent fighting scenes, Adkins possesses frightening skills that could raise the levels to insatiable heights. And he’s a decent actor, able to pull pretty demandable roles, tho that ability is used only in the Universal Soldier: Reckoning, where he played multiple versions of himself.
After losing two main actors for their main superhero roles, DC is on the crossroad, and picking the right people to take over the cowls might prove the most important decision for the future of their cinematic universe. We tried to point out five of the actors that we found the most suitable for the role of Caped Crusader. We considered their looks, their intimidation factor and how well they could pull off both Batman and Bruce Wayne.