Big Question ♯16

Seeing as how the only person in the world who has reacted favourably to the news that Ben Affleck is going to be the next Batman is Matt Damon, I thought that I might as well ask, who would you have chosen instead?

Put yourself in the shoes of the casting director. The star of the last (a hugely successful with both critics and audiences) trilogy of films has ruled himself out of returning to the cape and cowl, so now you’ve got to find someone who can play an older more experienced and battle hardened Batman who can stand up to super-humans way above his power range for at least two movies and probably more as the Justice League juggernaut is prepared. Who do you pick?

28 Responses to Big Question ♯16

  1. Man this is getting a lot of stir! I think Karl Urban would make a better Batman, he even has a bit of a Superman look to him too. I have nothing against whats his name thats playing Superman. Im just happy they updated the uniform. Matt is just supporting him because he wants to be Nightwing or Robin.

  2. I’m in the large camp of people that are opposed to Ben taking the part. Yeah, there is a chance he might be able to pull it off, but I have my doubts.

    As far as who I would have chosen, I’d go with Karl Urban as well – as my ‘shooting from the hip’ choice. But I haven’t put a ton of thought into it. I think they should have gone with someone a little lesser well know, that might have some staying power with the DC franchise.

    WB/DC has an uphill battle to fight with getting the fans onboard with this. And it won’t be easy.

  3. Oh I thought of some other good ones for Actors or Actresses to play some roles: Alex Pettyfer as a Quick Silver, Aquaman, or Archangel, or maybe even Green Arrow type character. Teresa Palmer as a Power Girl, Mrs. Marvel, or Emma Frost. Dianna Agron as a Jubilee, or Domino. Timothy Olyphant as something I dunno, I just like the actor lol. Kevin Durand as Pyro, Myphisto, or Vengence type maybe, I like him too. Sorry if I got off subject a little but I love comic book movies, especially if their good. It would be cool if the directors actually had people looking all over the internet to see what the buzz was going on in this subject and see who people might like in those spots you know, just saying…

  4. Gene: I’m in the large camp of people that are opposed to Ben taking the part. Yeah, there is a chance he might be able to pull it off, but I have my doubts.As far as who I would have chosen, I’d go with Karl Urban as well – as my ‘shooting from the hip’ choice. But I haven’t put a ton of thought into it. I think they should have gone with someone a little lesser well know, that might have some staying power with the DC franchise.WB/DC has an uphill battle to fight with getting the fans onboard with this. And it won’t be easy.

    I agree, the movie would have to be done awesomely well for people to go okay maybe he doesn’t suck. It goes that way sometimes in the biz. If you play enough role types or grade movies you get a label or stigma stamped to you. Then again you could be like Johnny Depp who has played in roles that are completely opposite of each other each time and still rock each one. The man deserves a lifetime achievement award for most virsatile actor or something.

  5. I wouldn’t be really happy pre-movie until I saw a complete unknown get it, and I wouldn’t stay happy if he didn’t do PERFECTLY.

    We have enough CGI now to have two different actors with different body types play Bats and Bruce Wayne and digitally merge the shapes until it works. The inherent problem with Batman as a character is the same as picking a president. A president is either great at domestic or foreign policy, behind-the-scenes decisions or public speeches, shiny white loved-as-a-palladin but progress-stalled or corrupt political ‘machine’ operator. Everyone who’s done both sides has a ‘hormone problem’ as a neighbor of mine used to put it.
    –So it makes more sense to me that the right actor for Batman is a one-hit wonder. Can’t do any other role.

  6. TOOL:
    Timothy Olyphant as something I dunno, I just like the actor lol.

    He’s played Hitman, he’s played Raylan Givens…maybe he could play Question or Vigilante?

    As for getting back on topic, I’ve always liked Jeffrey Dean Morgan. I don’t know how he’d do in a super-action-intensive film like World’s Finest, but in his acting career, he’s taken on heart disease (Grey’s Anatomy), demons, witches, werewolves, ghosts, etc. (Supernatural), and played superhero at least twice that I can think of (The Losers and Watchmen). Plus he has all the battle-hardened charisma and ingenuity you could ask for in a good Batman/Bruce Wayne.

  7. Well, if they’re going for the Caped Crusader looking to “retire,” I’d go with Kevin Spacey. Karl Urban could be Superman. He might have as many years as Bruce Wayne, but I imagine that Kryptonians powered by yellow sunlight don’t age like humans.

  8. Okay WTF I just did some more research and found out that of the list of actors Ben wasn’t even on the list of possibilities but Joe Manganiello and Max Martini were. I would rather one of them be him then Ben…

  9. Let’s see: off the top of my head…John Barrowman?

  10. Joe Manganiello would be great, as it seems they are looking for an older, more seasoned Batman to counter Supes. Ray Stevenson (Rome) would also have been a good choice. Speaking of Rome, Kevin McKidd would be an awesome Green Arrow. For me the real quandary is who on earth they fill find to play Wonder Woman and Black Canary.

  11. Myro:
    Let’s see: off the top of my head…John Barrowman?

    At first I laughed at that, but thinking about how he was in Torchwood, he’s probably a really good choice.

  12. Kicktar: At first I laughed at that, but thinking about how he was in Torchwood, he’s probably a really good choice.

    He’s apparently much darker in Arrow as well.

  13. affleck will do fine. but i think eric bana would have been a great choice. also as an actor and stuntman i think id make a great batman

  14. @djuby, John Barrowman would do well too, I think that Ray Stevenson would play a good Slade. I could see Kevin McKidd as a Green Arrow. He has that look of someone that could play in these type of movies. You guys see Ultron is going to be the new villian in the next Avengers. James Spader is said to be Ultron. Could be interesting, I looked at the Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel movie as well and wasn’t too impressed with the line up thus far.

  15. barbario: affleck will do fine. but i think eric bana would have been a great choice. also as an actor and stuntman i think id make a great batman

    I’d vote for you as Batman over the Afflection that is Ben.

  16. TOOL:
    @djuby, John Barrowman would do well too, I think that Ray Stevenson would play a good Slade.I could see Kevin McKidd as a Green Arrow.He has that look of someone that could play in these type of movies.You guys see Ultron is going to be the new villian in the next Avengers.James Spader is said to be Ultron.Could be interesting, I looked at the Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel movie as well and wasn’t too impressed with the line up thus far.

    My problem with John Barrowman is that I know him, and could not stand the thought of him as my favourite hero. Totally personal.

  17. @djuby, I can understand that, I wanted to go crazy when I seen what they did to Deadpool in the Wolverine Origins movie. I like The actor as him because it kinda fits and I hope they do a Deadpool movie one day, they have talked about it for some time.

  18. Delirious AL: Jackie Chan.

    Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth!

  19. I’m a wait and see kind of guy. I have nothing against Ben and I didn’t mind him as Daredevil. That movie’s failure was due to other reasons including the miscasting of the Elektra and Kingpin characters as well as writing choices. I usually blame the director and/or writers for the failure of movies unless the acting is atrocious.

    With that said, would I rather see another actor in the part? Yes. But I’m willing to give Ben a shot.

    Other thoughts. Ryan Reynolds would have been a better Flash than Green Lantern, but the failure of Green Lantern as a movie rests solely on the story and terrible villain choice. I HATE villains that are nebulous cloud thingies. The measure of the hero is determined by the coolness of the villains he faces. Lame villains means lame movie.

  20. How about the guys that played on true blood Stephen Moyer who played Bill Compton, or Alexander Skarsgård who played Eric Northman or maybe Jared Padalecki, I don’t say these are the best choices, but they would be more interesting!

  21. Better be nice to Ben or they’ll replace him with Will Smith.

    Blackman!
    dadadadadadadada
    Blackman!

    Wonder if the guy who played Benson is still alive to play Alfred?

  22. Skybandit:
    Better be nice to Ben or they’ll replace him with Will Smith.

    I’m trying to see the threat there! LOL

  23. It just occured to me that we could have had Robert Pattinson… Ben Affleck is not so bad, after all :D

  24. Good observation, Arioch. Now also imagine a reality where Justin Beiber was cast as Robin. Swag, yo!

  25. Prof. A.Q. Anthrax

    Word is that Justin Timberlake wants to be the next Riddler. That, compared to some of the latest news, actually isn’t so bad. I think he’d come off rather well.

  26. Ooooooh what if they had Will Smith as Jon Stewart? (the black Green Lantern) I thoroughly enjoyed him in Hancock. As far as Batman goes however I think Karl Urban could be good he’s definitely in my top 5. Now the other 2 that I would enjoy are Michael Fassbender (Young Magneto of X Men: First Class) and BTW I know I don’t like when actors play superheroes in both DC and Marvel either. (looking at you Ryan Reynolds…) and the other ones are Jon Hamm (of AMC’s Mad Men) or as some of you had already stated Eric Bana the last one that rounds out my top 5 is Luke Evans (Zeus in Immortals in which he starred alongside Henry Cavill, the current Superman).