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Batman: Top 6 Actors Who Should Replace Ben Affleck
Posted on 1st February, 2019 - By Jonathan Hezzlewood
Ben Affleck has pulled the plug on his Bat-signal and announced that he will don the cape and cowl no more.
Love him or hate him, I for one think it’s a shame that Mr Affleck won’t portray the iconic DC detective anymore.
I must admit, when they first announced that Ben Affleck would be stepping in as the Caped Crusader, I was less than impressed. But that was equally to do with the colossal misstep I could see coming – that being Batman vs. Superman, instead of a straight-up sequel to Man of Steel – than just Mr Affleck himself.
And as it turns out, he was the best thing about the doomed DC attempt to get the DCEU off the ground.
Mr Affleck recently retweeted a tweet that stated: “‘The Batman’ To Fly In Summer 2021; Ben Affleck Passes The Torch To Next Generation Of Bruce Wayne.”
As part of the retweet, he added: “Excited for #TheBatman in Summer 2021 and to see @MattReevesLA vision come to life.”
So it seems Batfleck is no more, and as a result I began to wonder “who would be next in-line for the role?”
Here’s my top 6 picks for who should stalk the streets of Gotham City…
6. Richard Armitage
Kind-of a local lad (having been born in the U.K.), Richard Armitage would be a great choice to play the iconic DC character.
My first experience of seeing Mr Armitage on-screen was as Sgt. John Porter in the first (and best) series of the popular TV show; Strike Back – based on the Chris Ryan novel of the same name.
Capable of dominating the scenes he’s in, he’d be well suited to the role of a billionaire vigilant that hunts criminals across the corrupt and dangerous streets of Gotham.
He also played Thorin Oakenshield in the Peter Jackson directed Hobbit trilogy.
5. Anson Mount
Anson Mount is a badass American actor, with piercing eyes and a serious stare that would make any criminal think twice. Adding an element of psychotic and unhinged that you wouldn’t want to be on the wrong end of – he’d be a great choice as The Dark Knight.
For me, his best performance so far has to be the superb Old West TV series; Hell On Wheels, where he portrays Cullen Bohannon – a former Confederate States Army Cavalry Colonel and slave owner, seeking revenge and redemption.
He also plays Captain Christopher Pike in Star Trek: Discovery television series, as well as having portrayed Black Bolt in the failed Marvel mini-series; Inhumans.
4. Karl Urban
Best known for his superb portrayal of Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the kelvin-timeline Star Trek movies, New Zealand born actor; Karl Urban, has the scowl and cantankerous demeanour to play an angry Bruce Wayne.
A Mr Wayne that could find it easy to vent his frustrations on the many low-life punchbags that have infested Gotham City‘s dank streets and criminal underworld – whilst dressed like a giant bat.
Although sad and geeky, I’d be itching for him to say a little nod toward Star Trek. Something to Commissioner Gordon like; “Dammit Jim, I’m a wanted vigilante, not an officer!”
Mr Urban was also brilliant behind the mask/helmet of Judge Dredd in 2012’s highly underrated Dredd movie. He dealt swift and brutal justice to the criminals then, and I’m certain he could do that same again as The Batman.
3. Michael Keaton
You’ve got to admit, Michael Keaton defined the dark, gritty and realistic Batman was all love and embrace today.
Upon being cast as the Caped Crusader in Tim Burton‘s 1989 Batman movie, there was a lot of fan backlash, as they all thought him to be a huge casting mistake – much like Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight that would come 19 years later. Yet, he proved them wrong and still remains today one of – if not thee – ultimate Batman!
Although now in his mid-to-late 60s, Mr Keaton has already proven he still has what it takes to be an intimidating screen presence – see his turn as Adrian Toomes / Vulture in Marvel‘s Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Taking inspiration from Batman Beyond, Michael Keaton donning the cape and cowl one last time sounds good to me!
“You wanna get nuts? Let’s get nuts!”Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne | Batman (1989)
2. Jon Hamm
Missouri born Jon Hamm has played both the smartly-dressed business man, and the rough and dangerous criminal type.
From Don Draper in the superb Mad Men TV series, to the scruffy and violent “Buddy” in the Edgar Wright directed masterpiece that is; Baby Driver. Mr Hamm has the ability to span a huge range of emotions, and flick from nice to nasty with ease – much like flipping a coin – #TwoFaceJoke.
Jon Hamm is set to appear in the upcoming TV series; Good Omens (based on the novel of the same name), as well as starring in the somewhat unnecessary sequel; Top Gun: Maverick.
After all that, I’m sure he’d be more than happy to become the watchful protector of Gotham‘s citizens.
1. Jim Caviezel
In at the No.1 spot, we have the hugely underrated Jim Caviezel.
You only have to watch him as mystery hero John Reese in the awesome tech-thriller series; Person of Interest, to know that he’s the perfect choice to play both Bruce Wayne and Batman.
He has the calm and charming exterior of a true gentleman, and the volatile inner-rage of a psychopath. What more could you ask for?!
Written by The Dark Knight/The Dark Knight Rises scribe; Jonathan Nolan (brother of TDK trilogy director Christopher Nolan). Person of Interest very much has its roots (pun intended for those who’ve already watched it) in Batman as an inspiration for the show.
It’d be a fantastic choice by DC, a great opportunity for Mr Caviezel and a beloved iteration of The Batman. An iteration that would be remembered by fans for decades to come.
DC and Warner Bros. need to make this happen. What better time than now to get him scheduled in as the silent guardian himself, in Matt Reeves‘ movie; The Batman – currently scheduled for 25th June 2021 release.
Riddle me this?
Do any of my suggestions sound interesting or just a bad joke that has you reaching for the Bat-Shark-Repellent?
After all that, let me know your thoughts and feel free to drop a comment below. While you’re there, share who you’d cast as The Dark Knight.