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Yeah, most people seem to think anyone is better than Ben Affleck when it comes to playing the next – grizzled, older – Bruce Wayne in the yet to be named Batman v. Superman film. We at TCS couldn’t agree more. To us he seems too blue collar, too well known and is more or less the second coming of George Clooney (Please, please don’t bring back the nippled bat suit).
So naturally, since some of our contributors weren’t happy with the decision, they put their displeasure into literature and offer up their picks on who they think is a better Batman than Affleck …
Come on, is this not the obvious pick? Not only is Hamm a great thespain, he’s both charming and charasmatic. As Don Draper in Mad Men he proves he can be a badass, and at times dark and mysterious as well. The dude has the strong chin – a crucial part since that is all you can see when someone dons the bat suit – and the acting prowess to back it up.
The guy is a natural playboy, and is one of those few 1%-ers folks feel they can cheer for, since he found success so later in life when compared to other actors. He is decently fit and posseses the on-screen believablabilty of a revengeful masked viglante. If there is one downside, Bruce Wayne doesn’t have a funny bone in his body, but Hamm does. -Mike ‘Box’ Elder
Casting Norton as Batman might represent a conflict of interest for Marvel, considering he also played The Hulk (or more specifically, Dr. Bruce Banner). But that aside, I gotta believe he would be an outstanding choice. On the surface, Norton may seem too wholesome and/or soft for the role of the edgy, new-age version of the Caped Crusader, but if you’ve seen American History X you know that he undoubtedly has the chops to play a total badass. I can’t think of one role I’ve seen Norton play in which he didn’t absolutely kill it, and I have no doubt he’d make a sick Batman. Plus let’s be honest, anybody would be better than Jen Garner’s hubby. -Chad Radniecki
When thinking about who should play the next Batman I ran into a little problem; the actor that I believe would be the best fit to play Batman was the same man who played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.
Tom Hardy’s stock in Hollywood has been rising ever since his breakthrough performance in Christopher Nolan’s 2010 hit Inception. The next year he starred in Warrior, a film that I have not seen and upon first appearance looks like a mediocre MMA action movie, but has an impressive 8.2 rating on IMDB.
That same year he really impressed me in the Cold War-era spy narrative Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Hardy plays Ricky Tarr, a field agent in Great Britain’s equivalent to the CIA, who learns a critical secret on an assignment in Turkey. It is a supporting role in which Hardy is only on screen for maybe 15-20 minutes of the movie, but ends up stealing scenes from a cast with some heavy hitters. Point is, this guy isn’t just a handsome brute with muscles and a strong chin – all prereqs for playing Batman – he also has some serious acting chops.
It’s too bad he took the role as Bane. He was solid but wasn’t given a chance at a performance on par with Heath Ledger’s Joker because his face was covered and his voice was super annoying. Honestly you couldn’t even really tell it was him, which is why I say letting him play Batman a few years after playing Bane wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. -Derek Kissinger
Everyone is bitching and moaning that Affleck is going to be the new Caped Crusader. Clearly there are some other choices that might have had more appeal to the Twitterverse (comically I would have liked to see Nic Cage, he payed a super hero once in Kick Ass, and you have to imagine his Batman voice is just classic), but one that sticks out is Brad Cooper.
Cooper is a long way removed from his Hangover trilogy days as the egotistical, good-looking douche, and has really taken on some meatier roles. Besides his Oscar nomination for Silver Linings Playbook, he’s shown his acting chops are more expansive than Sack Lodge in Wedding Crashers in recent films like A Place Beyond the Pines and the soon to be released David O. Russell flick American Hustle.
Bruce Wayne has to be suave and debonair, which Cooper can easily pull off. The tough part would be the transition to Batman, a darker, more subversive character, but Cooper has clearly shown he could handle this type of role just by his Silver Linings Playbook role. And yeah, he would be better than Affleck. Quick thought, is Gotham going to be Boston now that Affleck is Batman? -Adam Anderson
And there you go, but it isn’t up to us to decide. Who do you like as the upcoming Batman?
Nonetheless, as disappointed as we are with the pick, it is fair to say we will see you all in the theater come 2015.
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