We learned at San Diego Comic-Con a couple weeks ago that there will indeed be a Batman vs. Superman movie, but ever since then the speculation has been on for exactly who will play Batman. Christian Bale is out of the picture so where do we go from here?
So far what we know for sure is Zack Snyder will be directing and is currently working on the script with David S. Goyer and this will technically be the sequel to Man of Steel. However, rumors are flying that the studio is seeking an older actor to portray Batman to give him a more experienced look.
People are taking the fact that an excerpt from The Dark Knight Returns was read prior to the Superman/Batman logo reveal at Comic-Con as a sign that this will indeed happen and that Batman will return as a beat up veteran. Some are saying this is a smart move and that this would avoid yet another Batman origins story for a new, young Batman. However, allowing us to bypass an origins would mean it would have to rely on Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy for background and he has said that he wants the trilogy to be a standalone series. But Nolan is involved with Man of Steel, so it's not like he doesn't know what is going on.
Now if this is true, this limits the casting of Batman to a man in his late-30's to mid-40's. There is a lot of that in Hollywood, but would it really yield someone good? Only time will tell. And it needs to be a short amount of time so they can make that 2015 release date.
My ideas for some good middle-aged potentials for Bruce Wayne:
Idris Elba (Yeah, a black Batman)
When I think of "who should play Batman" I look at two key factors; who can handle the physical part along with playing a believable, suave billionaire. Out of the above choices I think the frontrunners would easily be Idris Elba and Jon Hamm. I hope this rumor is true so it would disqualify actors like Ryan Gosling and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
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