5 Actors Who Should Replace Christian Bale as Batman/Bruce Wayne


The annual San Diego Comic-Con has become a beacon for major announcements and groundbreakings teasers from the biggest names in entertainment. For the last couple of years, Marvel has dominated the headlines, but this year their rival DC stole the spotlight.

If for some reason you missed this ridiculously big announcement, it was revealed that Warner Bros. would be following Man of Steel with a Superman/Batman film.

The idea of pairing up DC’s most iconic heroes is nothing new. Supes and Bats and teamed up and fought each other countless times in comics and animated shows or films. There was even talk of a Superman vs. Batman movie years ago, and was teased in I Am Legend. But, fans will finally get the much-anticipated team-up in 2015.

As of now, it has been announced that Zack Snyder will direct and Henry Cavill will return as Superman. And, this little statement was read to introduce the project:

I want you to remember, Clark…in all the years to come…in your most private moments…I want you to remember…my hand…at your throat…I want…you to remember…the one man who beat you.

That’s from Frank Miller’s classic The Dark Knight Returns, which if you haven’t read, you need to.”

So while the pieces are falling into place for the epic Superman/Batman movie, there’s no word yet on who will replace Batman/Bruce Wayne, since it’s well-known that Christian Bale won’t be returning as the Dark Knight.

Before people start screaming foul, this is a must-move for DC and Warner. Everyone knew Bale and Nolan were done with their vision of Batman following the Dark Knight Rises. Since that movie was just released in 2012, it’s still too fresh for a new Batman/Bruce Wayne to be introduced. There would be too many comparisons and pressure to top what Nolan did, so why not introduce the new actor with the biggest comic book character ever?

Also, this will set-up the much-talked about Justice League film without having to have another Batman origins movie. It gets right to the point.

With production slated to being next year, 2014, casting is probably underway for Batman/Bruce Wayne. But, here are our five suggestions.

5. Matt Bomer


If you’ve watched White Collar, then you know that Bomer has the look and personality of Bruce Wayne. He even has a resemblance to Clark Kent, which is why he auditioned for Superman Returns, which is alright because if you’re seen some comics and animated series the two characters do look like each other.

4. Michael Fassbender


This may be a stretch because Michael Fassbender is in heavy demand, and he’s playing the young Magneto in the X-Men franchise, but if Warner could get him on board, it would be epic. Fassbender is just plan awesome, and everyone knows that he would own the Batman and Bruce Wayne roles.

3. Gabriel Macht


Gabriel Macht may not be a household name, but he’s proven that he has the suave Bruce Wayne style while on the USA series Suits. And, he’s already played a hero on film before. He was the weak adaptation of The Spirit, but it still gives us an idea on how the actor could handle the cape and cowl.

2. Armie Hammer


Back in 2007, George Miller was set to direct a Justice League movie with Armie Hammer. The movie folded and Hammer has since become one of the hottest names in Hollywood, even after the failure of The Lone Ranger. Hammer definitely has the look and acting chops to pull off the dual role, but he may not be interested now. That could change if he was offered a huge sum of cash.

1. Karl Urban


Karl Urban is already a favorite amongst fanboys after appearing in franchises like Lord of the Rings and Star Trek. And, he proved that he’s a total bad-ass in the Dredd remake, where he was behind a mask for the entire movie. Besides looking like Batman and Bruce Wayne, he has the attitude for both roles. The only problem is that he’s over 40. But, that could actually be perfect.

If Warner went with an older Batman, like The Dark Knight Returns, he can be the gritty vet that helps Superman become a better hero, establishes the Justice League and will eventually find a younger Batman to replace him, which will lead into a Batman Beyond series. Warner could get a lot of Urban.

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