To pick this Top 5, I used the description and physical attributes given in the comic book and movies, and acting ability. What I looked for was naturally dark hair with bluish eyes, strong features, muscular build, athletic ability, age between 25 and 45, height between 5’10” and 6’2”, and if they had played a character that has portrayed Bruce Wayne/Batman like traits.
5. Eion Bailey
Some know him as August Booth, aka Pinnochio, from Once Upon a Time, Ben Mercer on Covert Affairs, and David Webster on Band of Brothers. Eion was almost cast to play the caped crusader in Batman Begins, and maybe opportunity can knock again for him. In Covert Affairs he has proven his ability for action, and as Pinnochio he has shown that he can take on the role of the “Playboy” as well.
He’s probably best known for portraying Neal Caffery in White Collar on the small screen. Bomer is no stranger to playing a superhero because he was the voice of Superman in Superman: Unbound. He was also a Superman hopeful for Man of Steel but obviously lost to Henry Cavil, so maybe batman could be a second chance for him. If you are familiar with White Collar then you know stealth and espionage is what he’s best at, and if he gets into a jam he analyzes the situation to find the best way out. Plus he looks pretty good in a suit and portrays the “playboy” really well.
3. Wes Bentley
His is another name that was thrown around for the last Batman reboot. He had roles in American Beauty and The Hunger Games, so he has proven his acting chops. He also bears a striking resemblance to Bruce Wayne in Miller/Mazzucchelli’s Batman: Year One. Maybe he can get a second shot at the role!
2. Richard Armitage
He is already a big name amongst fantasy fans for playing Thorin Oakenshield in Tolkien’s The Hobbit. He is on his way to superstardom and if he dons the cowl then nothing could stop him. There is some uncertainty, because I have never heard him speak in an American accent but with practice I’m sure he can do it. Just look at Cavil and Jackman as examples. Thorin is a dark brooding character that carries a lot of action sequences. I think this would give him the experience he needs to tackle the role of the Batman
1. 1.Ian Somerhalder.
I know a lot of you are thinking “What the hell!? That’s that vampire dude, right?” And yes he is, but his character was the best thing about the show, now Vampire Diaries is really heading south fast. Somerhalder has also been on lists for superheroes as well. He was up for the role of Angel in X-Men: The Last Stand, and before Ratner was kickoff as director of Superman Returns, Somerhalder was being considered for the role of Superman. His most recent characters have been dark and brooding, but also have a fun playboy side at times. He has shown he can handle action, and does so very well. He also fits into all of the criteria I have set forth for this article.
These are just my opinions, but I want to hear from you. Did I miss anyone you wanted to see on here? Or, do you disagree with my list? Please leave your comments down below!
- Musings on Batman casting… and the actor who gets my vote for the role: Richard Armitage (flixchatter.net)
- Top 10 reactions from Batman to the news he’s going to be in the new Superman movie (metro.co.uk)
- 12 reactions from Superman about having to share a film with Batman (metro.co.uk)
- The Superman-Batman Film: Killing Two Birds With One Stone (themoviola.com)
- Guide to Reading Batman Comics in the New 52 (residinginthefifthdimension.wordpress.com)