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What Kind Of Batman Will Superman Face? 5 Choices For 'Superman & Batman'

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by Drew Taylor
July 22, 2013 3:34 PM
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The Brute/The Actor Snyder Already Loves - Joe Manganiello
Zack Snyder has been outspoken about how hard it was to cast Superman. He made it equally clear that it came down to two actors—Cavill and Joe Manganiello, co-star of "True Blood" and (again) "Magic Mike." Snyder, immediately after casting Cavill, was adamant that he loved Manganiello and that Cavill won out because of the "innocence" the actor possessed, something that would be wholly unnecessary for a certain black-suited avenger of the night who has been singularly obsessed by his parents' murder for decades. Manganiello certainly has the physical presence for Batman and we can easily see him going toe-to-toe with Cavill both fighting-wise and in terms of swooning-lady handsomeness. Manganiello would have to shave his trademark salt-and-peppery beard but he's got the extreme jawline necessary for wearing the cowl, so everything should be fine. His familiarity with Snyder, and Snyder's genuine conviction that he was the only other real candidate for "Man of Steel" perhaps ups his chances considerably. This could be Snyder having his (beef) cake and eating it too. Problem is while known for his good looks, his imposing figure and his build, Manganiello's not really known for his acting and while he's fine in "True Blood" as the brooding, sensitive, ass-kicking werewolf hunk, he's not exactly a thespian, and compared to say Christian Bale, this would seem like a major step backwards.
Odds They Go With This Kind Of Batman:  A little doubtful, even if Snyder gives him his vote.

The Older, More Cynical Batman/The Actor We'd Love To See Them Consider – Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
As revealed in the Comic-Con presentation, this Batman/Superman movie will take a bit of tonal inspiration from Frank Miller's classic "Dark Knight Returns" series, though the filmmakers' stressed it would not be a direct adaptation. However, one element they could be lifting from Miller's take is the inclusion of an older, slightly grizzled and more cynical Batman. A darker Batman, one thinks, with a more of a by-any-means-necessary vigilante approach—at least compared to Superman's method. If they decide to go with this approach, we think that a great option would be Nikolaj Coster-Waldau from HBO fantasy series "Game of Thrones" and this year's sleeper hit "Mama." Coster-Waldau is 42, which makes him 12 years older than Cavill, and as we've seen on "Game of Thrones," he can certainly glint with handsome deliciousness with the best of them. More importantly, Coster-Waldau has the physical look and world-weariness that this interpretation of the character would require, and he can still kick ass with the best of them. If they are going with a slightly older version of Batman (or at least a wiser one with a much more pessimistic worldview which makes him the perfect rival for Superman), we can't think of anyone better suited. The only snag, of course, would be fitting the shooting around Coster-Waldau's difficult, time-intensive "Game of Thrones" schedule, but considering that both HBO and Warner Bros/DC are owned by the same parent company (Time Warner), we're sure they'd make it work if they wanted to. And hey, it's "Game of Thrones" so who knows if he even survives the next season?
Odds They Go With This Kind Of Batman: We're not sure this is their approach, but we'd go with this choice in a heartbeat, simply because it's potentially the most exciting.

The Brooder/The Actor In The Christian Bale Mold – Richard Armitage
Among the many questions posed by this new Batman is what direction the filmmakers and the studio will take the character, specifically after Nolan's incarnation—is he going to be a somewhat lighter model, which should more easily allow for a team-up like this to happen (and pave the way for the more outwardly comic book-y "Justice League") or will they stick with the more brooding version as established by Christopher Nolan's films with Christian Bale's performance? If the choice is the latter, we think Richard Armitage would be a pretty great option. Armitage would also be an "older" Batman option, since he's 41, but the studio is already familiar with him, as he portrays Thorin Oakenshield in the three 'Hobbit' films, and he's got a bit of a comic book background, as well (he played a small role as a Nazi in "Captain America: The First Avenger"). Armitage has a similar, Bale-like intensity and the ability to convey a number of emotions through a glassy stare or purse-lipped facial expression. When it comes to the mood of the Dark Knight, especially when he's at his darkest, Armitage could easily bring that to life. If they choose to go in the Christian Bale mold, he should be at the top of their potential list and with the 'Hobbit' movies done shooting, he's very much available.
Odds They Go With This Kind Of Batman: A back-up choice, we could see this happening.

There's one additional potential wildcard in the form of Armie Hammer. When we talked to Hammer a few weeks ago, he said he was "painfully close" to being Batman for the abandoned "Justice League" movie that was to be directed by George Miller (yes, he was in the cape and cowl at one point). With "The Lone Ranger" proving to be a nonstarter, that clears up Hammer's schedule for the next few years and once again makes him a franchise free agent. The question, of course, is whether Warner Bros. will return to that well, or settle on someone entirely new. Hammer wasn't exactly much of a personality in "The Lone Ranger" (he desperately needs a real director like David Fincher in "The Social Network," his last decent role), so that's a major strike against him. In the same way that the failure of 'Lone Ranger' frees up Hammer, the so-so box office of "Pacific Rim" could allow Charlie Hunnam to cross over, but he was the opposite of presence in the blockbuster, so the actor will have to prove himself before he's considered for these big league shoes. We also thought that Luke Evans could be a good Batman (again) in the Christian Bale style, although his commitment to the on-again/off-again "The Crow" remake could throw that off and his charisma is up for debate. We're also sure that there are a number of fresh-off-The-CW hunks that we're completely unaware of, but that you can educate us about in the comments. So who are we forgetting about/unaware of? What kind of Batman do you think Snyder/Goyer/WB will go with? Sound off below as to who you would choose as the next Dark Knight.

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131 Comments

  • Abhishek | September 11, 2013 12:52 AMReply

    How about Jake Gyllenhaal?

  • michael | August 13, 2013 2:53 PMReply

    karl urban will be good choice.....

  • Bruce Wayne | July 31, 2013 10:20 AMReply

    What about Karl Urban? He could pull it off. Dredd was good and it's doubtful that there will be a sequel.

  • Ned Flanders | July 31, 2013 4:20 AMReply

    Jon Hamm

  • Ned Flanders | July 31, 2013 4:20 AMReply

    Jon Hamm

  • Mass | July 31, 2013 2:57 AMReply

    Why not Michael Fassbender?

    (don't give me: "He is already in X-men derp")

    Or what about Jason Clarke?

  • Mass | July 31, 2013 2:57 AMReply

    Why not Michael Fassbender?

    (don't give me: "He is already in X-men derp")

    Or what about Jason Clarke?

  • Mass | July 31, 2013 2:57 AMReply

    Why not Michael Fassbender?

    (don't give me: "He is already in X-men derp")

    Or what about Jason Clarke?

  • Mass | July 31, 2013 2:56 AMReply

    Why not Michael Fassbender?

    (don't give me: "He is already in X-men derp")

    Or what about Jason Clarke?

  • Mass | July 31, 2013 2:56 AMReply

    Why not Michael Fassbender?

    (don't give me: "He is already in X-men derp")

    Or what about Jason Clarke?

  • Bruce | July 31, 2013 1:04 AMReply

    Although, the best choice is Michael Fassbender, even though he's tied up with Magneto. Imagine him enacting A Serious House on Serious Earth and you'll agree, I believe.

  • Bruce | July 31, 2013 12:58 AMReply

    My money is on Anson Mount for all the above (The Brooder, The Older More Cynical Batman, The Brute, etc.) But Nikolaj Coster-Waldau seems like a good choice. If I had my way, they'd do a live action Batman Beyond and cast Clint Eastwood as the old Bruce Wayne. But hey, a bat-fan can dream...

  • NoStatic | August 6, 2013 4:27 PM

    Yes. Just, yeah. Clint Eastwood fits perfectly. He's a B A

  • D'Shawn | July 29, 2013 11:57 PMReply

    I say let Chris be with the Avengers as (Thor) and let Liam be with DC as (The Dark Knight) and one day they can cross paths while Liam will kick Iron Man's Ass and Superman will send Thor back to Asgard with his tail tucked!
    If that doesn't work, just watch Luke Evans in Fast 6. He can more than pull it off!

  • Glenn Wakeling | July 29, 2013 6:22 PMReply

    Wow cant wait for this Film to come out. This is every fanboys dream. Superman and Batman together with great writers behind it it has more than a great chance of being huge as long as balance is given to the two main Characters and given good Character development. GO DC

  • dd | July 29, 2013 2:36 PMReply

    YUCK what a horrible list. Indiwire, go home.

  • GodsAdvised | July 29, 2013 1:27 PMReply

    Karl Urban

  • Name One Guy | July 29, 2013 11:25 AMReply

    Anyone but George Clooney

  • JSEV | July 29, 2013 10:43 AMReply

    Ray Stevenson (Punisher: Warzone) if they are looking at someone a little older.

  • The_Enigma04 | July 28, 2013 7:13 PMReply

    ..I'd like to see SCOTT ADKINS as the new BATMAN.

    seriously.

  • brainihulk | July 28, 2013 6:57 PMReply

    it will be interesting to see how much of the superman/batman relationship they take from The Dark Knight Returns... it was a cool dynamic that i always wanted to see explored further. i'd prefer the more grizzled, world-weary, older batman, but i have faith in Snyder and Goyer regardless... they won't botch this. They will make an awesome film that will have absolutely zero chance of living up to the insane hype (the very same hype that i will eat up every damn day, btw)... there are several actors who could do it, so i won't complain about who gets the role. as a fan, i'm just glad they are doing this.

  • Nikolag's Cousin | July 28, 2013 11:20 AMReply

    Wanya, Idris Elba is our man.

  • Bert | July 28, 2013 11:17 AMReply

    Hey this article is rubbish guys. Bomer is gay, so we can count him out. Mangienello is a savage, Bruce Wayne is got class. Nikolaj can't even speak english, count him out. Richard Armitage looks like a psycho not a hero. Armie Hammer is blonde and dum, no way you can count him out. Levitt could be okay, BUT he's skinny. Oh yeah, to continue the great tradition set by Nolan we need our lead to be British because let's be honest they do good on these kind of things.

  • Abhijeet | July 28, 2013 2:53 PM

    "Richard Armitage looks like a psycho not a hero" - Erm, Batman IS a psychopath (to an extent). And besides have you ever seen any Christian Bale movie besides Batman trilogy, like Harsh Times, Pmerican Psycho, Equillibrium, The Machinist, .... He plays crazy like nobody's business and thats why he was so good at being Bruce Wayne/Batman. The fact is you do need a sharp looking psychopath (-ish) actor for this role. If they are looking for an older Batman, my vote goes to Jon Hamm (though he will have to get some workout done) or Benedict Cumberbatch, for same age range as Henry Cavill, and British, and totally perfect to play The Dark Knight.

  • Edu | July 28, 2013 2:55 AMReply

    Im going for Andrew Lincoln as the new Bats. He plays in TWD a tortured and in the same time a bad ass character, also with moral codes, the prefect Batman. Also Id like to see actors from TDK trilogy like Gary Oldman as J. Gordon and Anne Hathaway as Catwoman.

  • Raphael De La Costa | July 27, 2013 8:57 AMReply

    How about Joel Edgerton? I think he'd be great as Batman and it'd be nice to see him play Bruce Wayne.

  • focker | July 26, 2013 9:32 PMReply

    Out of the Batman choice topic, just a litlle message for those who come here just to hate and complain, probably because they dont have anything else to do.
    No one cares for what you think about man of steel or if it was bad or good or if snyder is a bad director, not everyone has the same opinion or taste as you, and this doesnt even mean i like the guy as a director, because i don't, or that i liked man of steel, i enjoyed it but also thought it could have been a lot better. but you dont see me complaining... but someone with a a few brains has its own opinion and its own taste and if they like it good for them if they dont well better luck next time.
    Having said that i agree with the (one) person that said that you spend to many time on your computer and cant even apreciate anything anymore.
    Just be grateful that someone is even making and trying to make this movies for you and if you don't like it dont't watch it or even better try to do a better job yourselfs and stop complaining, except you cant and probably most of you who just complain and think they could would do a 100 times worst, but in here everybody is an expert and a bench coach always thinking they could do something better even if its something that you probably dont even know how to do .
    I am sorry for everyboyd else who didnt came here to complain or hate but i just hate these ungrateful dumb people who dont even apreciate what others try to do for them and all they know how to do is criticise others.

    Best to all of you.

  • wayne | July 26, 2013 6:00 PMReply

    Luke Evans

  • Flixnerd | July 26, 2013 11:46 AMReply

    Karl Urban would make a terrific Batman/Bruce Wayne.

  • Flixnerd | July 26, 2013 11:45 AMReply

    Karl Urban would make a terrific Batman/Bruce Wayne.

  • RAGGEDT | July 25, 2013 9:10 PMReply

    It's too late now, but if you think about it, Matt Bomer would have been an ideal Superman -- and Henry Cavil would have been a fantastic Batman! Of those listed, I'd lean toward Manganiello. Jake Gyllenhaal though is an interesting choice. For those who have problems with his build, well the same was once said of Michael Keaton and he ended up pulling off the role quite well.

  • John XXIII | July 25, 2013 8:44 PMReply

    Colin Farrell

  • THL | July 25, 2013 6:46 PMReply

    If Snyder is doing a movie based on Frank Miller's DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, Batman is older in the source material. Go with Michael Keaton.

  • Ricky | July 25, 2013 4:03 AMReply

    I really like the choice of Matt Bomer as Batman, he's got the look and he's got the voice to play Batman. Plus he looks very much like Henry Cavill. If you've ever read the comics or seen the animated films, you'll notice that Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent always look like the same person. Only thing Matt Bomer would need to do is add some muscle to complete his transformation to be Batman.

    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau would be a great second choice for Batman, maybe even the first, he's a much better actor then Matt Bomer in my opinion. He's danish but that is kind of irrelevant at this point sense most of our iconic superheros are being played by great foreign actors.

  • Nina | July 25, 2013 2:54 AMReply

    It'd have to be someone who is able to do "voice acting". Bomer did a great job as superman/clark kent in the animated film. He is awesome with voice modulation. So he would be my pick. He is only an inch shorter than Cavill and pretty close in age. And of course that jaw line, and those eyes. Only problem is Batman would be more beautiful than Superman...lol. My other two picks are Jon Hamm and Gerard Butler. Jon Hamm has a commanding voice and a strong chin.

  • lynne | July 25, 2013 1:11 AMReply

    Wow. MATT BOMER as Batman...I like that. Then I read on and saw the rest of the potential choices and thought some are pretty good choices too although, in the end, I still find Matt Bomer to be the perfect choice. I saw him in Texas Chainsaw Massacre and thought that tough energy is perfect for Batman. He also at the same time portrayed the perfect, protective older brother. Then his Neal Caffrey persona is a great fit for Bruce Wayne the playboy. Matt can handle the dual personality this role offers. And he's so fit...those hard abs and biceps ... oooooohhh wheee. BTW I never like that stiff rubber suit that Batman has. It doesn't look like he can even turn his head. The suit needs a new design.

  • Qstorm | July 24, 2013 11:46 PMReply

    It's gotta be Nikolai C-W.

  • Madison | July 24, 2013 11:13 PMReply

    I do not think Matt Bomer would be a good batman... at all. He is is handsome... though I doubt that matters for batman as much as looking intelligent, and lets face it Matt Bomer has the look of kinda being dumb. Not saying I don't like him I loved him in Star Trek where he matched the character more.

  • nina | July 25, 2013 2:59 AM

    Umm Matt Bomer was not in Star Trek... Plus, he has an intelligent intensity about him.
    Obviously you're talking about someone else.

  • Midnight | July 24, 2013 11:06 PMReply

    O.O Nikolaj Coster yes... yes... Oh my god he is perfect. If they made him batman I'll drop everything to see that movie

  • jayde | July 24, 2013 3:51 PMReply

    Matt Bomer is 100% perfect for Bruce Wayne ...

  • Monica | July 24, 2013 2:38 PMReply

    Come on, it's snyder and goyer. This will be a disaster.
    Man of Steel was terrible. God, it was unbearable to watch.
    Hollywood needs to stop giving work to Snyder. He will never be a good director. In fact, he will never be a director median.

  • SoTrue | July 24, 2013 2:50 PM

    Yeah. Man of Steel was aaaaaaawful. I can't believe people actually liked it or gave it money. Because they shouldn't have. If you want a good Superman movie, watch the 1978 version.

    Also, STOP GIVING WORK TO SNYDER. He's just crap.

  • eamon | July 24, 2013 2:41 PM

    Yeah its amazing how bad he is at directing but got such a huge budget.

  • CrombyMouse | July 24, 2013 2:42 AMReply

    Christian Bale, please stay away from this flick!

  • Derek | July 24, 2013 12:14 AMReply

    I am probably going to get slated for this, but....
    Matt Bomer is openly gay.... There is nothing wrong with that, but what will the hardcore fanboys thing about it?

  • Derek | July 24, 2013 12:10 AMReply

    I am probably going to get slated for this, but....
    Matt Bomer is openly gay.... There is nothing wrong with that, but what will the hardcore fanboys thing about it?

  • Derek | July 24, 2013 12:09 AMReply

    I am probably going to get slated for this, but....
    Matt Bomer is an openly gay.... There is nothing wrong with that, but what will the hardcore fanboys thing about it?

  • Daniel | July 30, 2013 11:24 AM

    Who cares what hardcore fanboys think?

  • James Donahue | July 23, 2013 11:16 PMReply

    I would love to see Matt Bomer cast as the new Batman. He'd be perfect, the guy can act, and has the perfect look for Bruce Wayne. He would have to put on a bit of Mass, but I don't see that as being too much of a problem.

  • Gabe Toro | July 23, 2013 11:09 PMReply

    GOOD CHIN CASTING.

  • Ooof | July 23, 2013 6:37 PMReply

    Oooof! All of these choicea suck!

    JGL is the only decent choice, but he is more Nightwing than Batman. WB's and Snyder need offer big money to Bale to come back or go hard after Ryan Gosling or Liam Hemsworth as the new Batman! Anyone who says Jon Hamm is an idiot. Hamm is waaaaaay out of shape and this new Batman needs to be ripped and in shape in a matter of months since they will star filming this puppy around Feb 2014.

  • JAB | July 23, 2013 6:20 PMReply

    I'm hoping that Snyder & company are misdirecting us by denying a direct adapt of the Miller classic. Coster-Waldau would be a great choice that Dark Knight.
    Then if my hopes come true the next huge casting decision would involve The Joker.

  • JAB | July 23, 2013 6:20 PMReply

    I'm hoping that Snyder & company are misdirecting us by denying a direct adapt of the Miller classic. Coster-Waldau would be a great choice that Dark Knight.
    Then if my hopes come true the next huge casting decision would involve The Joker.

  • Matt | July 23, 2013 6:00 PMReply

    brown or black Batman pls
    Don Cheadle
    Anthony Mackie
    Gael Garcia Bernal

  • Matt | July 23, 2013 5:58 PMReply

    #donald4batman

  • David | July 23, 2013 5:25 PMReply

    Idris Elba

  • Jdd | July 23, 2013 4:28 PMReply

    It's going to Armie Hammer. He was cast as batman once already , when he was a nobody. He was one of the contenders for superman in man of steel. He is going to co-lead man from U.N.C.L.E with Henry Cavill next year That means Henry and Armie will already have on-screen chemistry which is going to weigh heavily on the minds of theWarner Brothers executives. So unless Disney and Marvel steal Mr. Hammer he is going to the new batman

  • Tywin BOSS Lannister | July 23, 2013 6:39 PM

    Hammer seems like to much of a big wuss to play Batman and he has been in 3 flops in a row. He doesn't have what it takes.

    I will take who somene mentioned before Gosling or maybe Liam Hemsworth or maybe even Karl Urban ahead of Hammer.

  • MA | July 23, 2013 6:02 PM

    I'll break my computer if Armie Hammer gets even close to this role

  • Kyle | July 23, 2013 3:10 PMReply

    My vote, ever since I learned Bale would be done after Rises, has been Jamie Bamber of Battlestar fame. He's under the radar, so he wouldn't cost too much, he has the chops, and I just think he's the perfect choice.

  • K | July 23, 2013 2:52 PMReply

    I realize this but some of the suggestions I've heard are of actors who I cannot imagine having remotely a chance against superman. I mean Jake Gyllenhaal, really? Batman has to be physically, mentally and emotionally imposing and I think Jason Momoa is the perfect choice. The man is an absolute monster and that's how Superman needs to imagine this character. Joe Manganiello would also be a good choice because he has the build. If you want to go older and more experienced, then I would go with Anson Mount, and this is wayyyyy out there, what do you guys think of the guy who plays Steve in Hawaii Five-O. Just putting his name out there to see what people think.

  • John | July 23, 2013 2:46 PMReply

    Has to be Andrew Lincoln..

  • John | July 23, 2013 2:46 PMReply

    Has to be Andrew Lincoln..

  • andy1221 | July 23, 2013 2:15 PMReply

    Although he was not the greatest Batman (still up there though), Christian Bale needs to consider the Batman role. It would not be fair for the fans and it would not be fair for the DC fans to have to endure another Batman. The new Man of Steel movie was great (even with the recent change of Supermans), but Bale you have to return! As a professional actor, you need to continue this legacy before you decide to move on. You have a long career ahead of you, and this will not destroy your "image" or "legacy" if that's what you are afraid of!

  • Madison | July 24, 2013 11:18 PM

    Nope if Christian Bale got put back on I would probably refuse to see it. The Dark Knight was an insult to the DC nation I just want to close my eyes and pretend it never happened.

  • 005 | July 23, 2013 3:27 PM

    So you're okay with ruining The Dark Knight trilogy by taking the realism out of its universe and adding supernatural elements?

  • kim | July 23, 2013 1:33 PMReply

    Andrew Lincoln hands down!!!!!! Please Please Please!!!!!!! Those lips are frakin perfect.

  • Somebody | July 23, 2013 12:52 PMReply

    Benedict Cumberbatch, all the way.

  • Just because he can act... | July 27, 2013 12:23 AM

    What is with Cumberbatch fans? Just because the guy can act doesn't mean he's suited for every role under the sun. He does NOT have the looks to be a Bruce Wayne.

  • andy1221 | July 23, 2013 2:14 PM

    who the fuck in their right mind would want him as batman he would ruin the batman character.

    a

  • Mr. McGibblets | July 23, 2013 12:08 PMReply

    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau would be perfect ! ! Can easily pull off the billionaire playboy... big physically imposing counterpoint to Cavill... can go dark with great acting chops!

    If not I would love to see Andrew Lincoln... has pretty much mastered the hero on the verge of being a psycho...

    Fassbender would be great also but he's pretty much tied to Magneto at this point...


    Can't wait ! ! ! !

  • bapi | July 23, 2013 7:57 AMReply

    Wonder which villains they'll use... Lex and Joker would be great!

  • bapi | July 23, 2013 7:55 AMReply

    Manganiello would be good. Goyer's choice always was Jake Gyllenhaal. He'd be decent too.

  • skywater | July 23, 2013 4:35 AMReply

    A bit funny how indiewire insisted in refering to Nolan as executive producing man of steel. But have to re-iterate that now that he actually is executive producing this one. Perhaps he's more executivy this time around.

  • darkwater is doody | July 23, 2013 7:43 AM

    What are you talking about? He produced the first one. They said as much.

  • skywater | July 23, 2013 4:33 AMReply

    A bit funny how indiewire insisted in refering to Nolan as executive producing. But have to re-iterate that now that he actually is executive producing. Perhaps he's more executivy this time around.

  • Jake | July 23, 2013 1:39 AMReply

    1st off thank you for knowing what your talking about !!! Im tired of everyone in other articles saying that JGL Becomes Robin or batmans sidekick! Props lol

    Nolan had the best Batman universe.. his movies were AMAZING!
    so its sads for me to see Batman being rebooted ALREADY! until the role is cast im crossing my fingures they continue from Nolan verse (not likley, impossible?). they want it to seem like this universe was started from Superman but it wasnt .. Zack Snyder used TDK Realism and Darkness and even had Nolan produce his movie... i liked Man of Steel alot but critics hate Zack and he is gonna get ripped apart if he messes up on Batman. and then there will Be no Justice League.
    1. Christian Bale- "Dark Knight Returns"? He IS BATMAN! and would make fans happy and have a acomplished actor and a man who has masterd the role. this movie would bring in way more CASH! Y make 1 billion when u can make 2 ;)
    2. JGL- Batman is not Bruce wayne he is a Symbol that cannot die! he was referd to in DKR as a hot head and a man who questioned alot of things. Butt heads with Superman. he needs to hit weight room! and act more like he did in Looper.

    Im Seeing this movie regardless! just my opinion sorry so long hahaha

  • Madison | July 24, 2013 11:28 PM

    Nothing I liked about Christian Bale as Batman he was horrible. It was a sigh a relief when I found out this batman was not Christian Bale. I wont watch the movie if I have to deal with listening to that horrid deep voice I can't understand the entire movie.

  • Pete Campbell | July 22, 2013 11:33 PMReply

    Can't believe no one has mention this yet but Karl Urban would make a great Batman

  • Raphael | July 23, 2013 3:23 PM

    Thank you, he basically played Batman in Dredd. He'd be awesome as Batman but i also want another Dredd movie.

  • O-Z | July 23, 2013 4:54 AM

    He'd probably make a great Batman, but for me he is Dredd now and I really really want another Dredd movie with Karl on board. Something tells me we'd lose him for good as Dredd if he signed on as Batman. Personally Id like to see a Jon Hamm Batman.

  • DG | July 22, 2013 11:32 PMReply

    I hate to have to embody the stereotype of closed-minded fanboy hysteria but it doesn't matter who they choose, the project is already doomed with Snyder in the directors chair. I don't mean it's doomed like it won't make 20 bazillion dollars and sell a shit load of toys but, because it will, it's just going to be bad movie. Man of Steel is a bad movie. Snyders visual style is just awful, just glossy fake bullshit. One degree away from Michael Bay. He's totally wrong for Batman and the fact they're tinkering with the origin story is a huge fucking misstep. Batman needs another solo reboot, solo universe. Don't neccesarrily cut and paste the Nolan realism pallete but no aliens either, no dudes flying around in front of 7-11. Start with The Riddler as a Julian Assamge like figure obsessed with surmising national intelligence secrets and blackmailing the entire city. Harley Quinn is the out of control new threat in town he uses as a piece in his twisted puzzle, till he double crosses her and becomes an enemy. Or use other characters we haven't seen been before or new versions of characters we have. Just please no Batman/Superman, and please no Snyder!

  • jedi77 | July 24, 2013 4:35 AM

    Agreed. Snyder gots to go.
    What are they thinking using a third tier director for their entire DC lineup? From Nolan to Snyder? Really?
    MOS was a mediocre film with a mediocre script. It wasn't what it could have been in the hands of a capable and (dare I say it) more intelligent director.

  • JustMe | July 24, 2013 2:09 AM

    Like your post. I'd also add Goyer's writing to the list of things that need to be improved or removed. I thought the writing for The Dark Knight Rises was mediocre, but Man of Steel was worse. I'm not sure about this Batman/Superman mashup and would rather see a good Batman solo reboot. Something similar to Nolan's grittier, more realistic tone, but with much better writing, direction, and cinematography than either TDKR and esp. MOS.

  • Hordor | July 23, 2013 4:49 PM

    You need to get out more. Sitting alone at your computer alone is making you bitter. Some people just cannot enjoy anything anymore

  • Smyth E. Alan | July 23, 2013 5:52 AM

    I'm kinda amazed that it took this many comments before one mentioned that with Snyder at the helm, this project is pretty much doomed from jump street.

  • wing guts | July 22, 2013 11:23 PMReply

    how about Idris Elba? I think a black batman would be a nice twist

  • jedi77 | July 24, 2013 4:37 AM

    Oh God, Yes. That would be a fun film to watch.
    And he would realistically kick Supermans ass! The guy is huge.

  • bill | July 23, 2013 4:50 PM

    No thanks

  • K | July 23, 2013 2:47 PM

    I think thats a great idea, he has the acting chops, is very big, and has the charisma that a bruce wayne would need.

  • deena | July 22, 2013 11:10 PMReply

    Interesting choices. But you deserve extra points for writing an article that mentions bomer without feeling the need to drag in his sexuality(a non-issue). Yay! who said we aren't making progress?
    He would totally nail the role btw, just would have to bulk up a bit.

  • cinnamon crunch | July 22, 2013 10:30 PMReply

    Andrew Lincoln for Batman.

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