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We Cast the Next Batman Movie

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By Rob Vaux     July 25, 2012
Source: Mania.com

With The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan officially bows out of the franchise he redefined, leaving DC and Warner Bros to ask what comes next. Batman remains the definitive superhero of the 21st century and the idea of abandoning him is probably enough to send Warners’ upper echelons into fits. But how do they move on after such a brilliant and iconic trilogy of films?
 Whatever they decide to do, they’ll need a good cast to do it. We have a few suggestions, designed to handle both the dark and the light sides of the Batman. Here’s a breakdown of our selections, including a reasonable array of villains. Be sure to let us know what yours are in the comments section. The possibilities are endless at this stage!
 

Bruce Wayne/Batman: Ryan Gosling 

 
Christian Bale is a tough act to follow, but Gosling has both the chops and the depth to admirably deliver on Bruce Wayne. His characters often speak volumes without saying a word, and his eyes carry the driven, relentless quality that any Batman requires. He can also cover Wayne’s charming playboy façade, and his comic timing is good enough to handle the lighter moments without pause. The man is cut like a piece of prime rib and at 6-foot-1, he’s got the physique to fill out the suit in fine form. We can think of no one better to take up the mantle of the Bat
 
Robin: Jamie Bell
 
Bell’s in his mid-twenties, which might make him a tad old to play Dick Grayson. Then again, Chris O’Donnell was about the same age and we know Bell can do better. His boyish good looks come without Bieber-ish affectation, and he possesses the physical skills to keep up with Batman on the rooftops of Gotham. He even looks good in red and yellow, a tricky mix to pull off in the best of circumstances. Whether it’s Dick Grayson, Jason Todd or Tim Drake, Bell’s got it covered.
 
Commissioner Gordon: Bryan Cranston
 
 
Cranston already played Gordon in the animated DVD version of Batman: Year One. His craggy physique and world-weary delivery give him more than just the right voice. His work on Malcolm in the Middle means that he can handle a lighter track if Warners chooses to take a less downbeat approach, while Breaking Bad proves his affinity for the grim stuff as well. Slap a trenchcoat on him, and he’s ready to serve as Batman’s most stalwart ally.
 
Alfred Pennyworth: Ian McKellen
 
 
Because Ian McKellen is just too awesome for words. Deny it if you dare.
 
The Joker: Paul Bettany

 
Before Heath Ledger’s casting, rumors named Bettany a front-runner for the role of the Clown Prince of Crime. There’s a reason for that. Bettany possesses the right intensity and sense of darkness; more importantly, he can convey it with subtlety if he needs to, allowing him to put his own mark on the character. And while he hasn’t giggled excessively in most of his roles, closely placed sources can confirm that yes, it will scare the crap out of you if he so chooses. 
 
Harley Quinn: Amanda Seyfried
 
I’m inclined to pick Anna Faris for the part, since she’s one of the funniest people in the world and can provide the right level of insanity to bring Harley to life. But Seyfried has a good sense of comic timing as well, and her darkness trends a little darker than the light-as-a-feather Faris. Seyfried also has scary big eyes, which can turn Harley’s domino mask into a thing of deranged beauty with the right director. 
 
Catwoman: Eva Green
 

 

We have to admit we’re smitten with Ms. Green, who can rock evil queens and doomed accountants with equal ease. She sports the statuesque frame and alabaster skin of Selina Kyle, but she also brings just the right amount of crazy with her: the kind of crazy that says she could do anything at any time. Catwoman needs that to work and Eva’s just the gal to bring it to us.
 
Two-Face: Guy Pearce
 
Like Bettany, Pearce was mentioned in swirling Dark Knight casting rumors, this time as the shoo-in for Harvey Dent and his fractured alter-ego. While Aaron Eckhart pretty much knocked the role out of the park, we don’t think those rumors were out of place; Pearce is handsome and charming, yet can convey troubled depths without breaking a sweat. Nolan didn’t have time to give Two-Face proper treatment as a villain. With Pearce in the role, a reboot could do wonders by correcting that imbalance.
 
 
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SarcasticCaveman 7/25/2012 2:46:03 AM

 I like most of these choices, including Gosling, but if you're going with him for Bruce, I think you would need somebody younger to play Robin.  Just my two cents.

SarcasticCaveman 7/25/2012 3:07:48 AM

Just another two cents - assuming that WB would wait at least 5 years (Spiderman time) to reboot the series, both Chandler Riggs (Carl, "The Walking Dead") and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran, "Game of Thrones") would not only be age appropriate to play Robin, and after several years of working on great shows with great directors, I believe that their acting skills will also be up to the task.  Just saying.

samurai1138 7/25/2012 3:58:11 AM

 There is only one choice for The Joker, Crispin Glover. He looks the part, his George McFly almost smacked of a Killing Joke pre-acid bath Joker, and most everything he's every been in shows some signs of the clown prince hiding inside him. Go Crispin!

Dazzler 7/25/2012 4:00:14 AM

Too soon to start casting. 

If anything we should help cast toon Batman movies.  I would like to see a Michael Keaton voiced Batman in the theme of Burton movies. 

samurai1138 7/25/2012 4:00:53 AM

 Oh, and if Ryan Gosling is the next Batman, I'm seriously not going. It's like I'm the only person who reads Batman comics. If you don't look like Bruce Wayne, you have NO business playing him. 

McQuestion 7/25/2012 4:04:41 AM

 The only choice I didn't like was Gosling as Batman. The rest were excellent. 

wish 7/25/2012 4:50:44 AM

Yeah I'm a big fan of Gosling, Lars and the real girl and Drive are incredible pieces of work!  He's got tons of other great films too so a resume isn't a problem, but he doesn't look the part at all.  Armie Hammer has got this one I think, he's every bit the physical description, he's been in almost nothing but he has enough charm in small roles to prove he can act and he's just waiting to become a huge star, Lone Ranger should do that for him.  He's only 24 too so even if they wait 5 years to reboot this, he'll be closer to the perfect age and Gosling will be 36 or 37.

I love Seyfried as Harley Quinn, her couple of psycho scenes is Jennifers Body were proof enough that she can do an entertaining crazy!  Oh yeah and she's super damn hot!

cool article, it's alwasy fun to fantasy cast.

hrcobb4 7/25/2012 5:11:07 AM

 In no way do I see Gosling as Batman... Guy Pearce would make a way better Batman than two-face. Amanda Seyfried,,,,,just can't act, imo. Cranston could be a good Commissioner. If they ever do Robin they need to do it right and make him like 12 years old. Hitgirl in Kick-Ass proved that ytou can make little kids look cool in fight scenes.

cinemaman72 7/25/2012 5:15:16 AM

First off I'm going to start with the glaring mistake of your article. In the next Batman reboot, NO JOKER, NO CATWOMAN, NO TWO FACE, NO BANE! They have all been in the last seven films and quiet frankly Batman as enough villians that we really could actually make 10 films before we get around to any of them.

Now onto the rest of the article: Gosling would be great as Batman, but let's be real; the fact that he turned down the Green Lantern means that he really wants no part of the comic book industry. Second as a comic purist, if you are going to include Robin in a Batman film, I would rather then include an acutal kid in the role of robin and not someone who is closer in age to Batman. You can find many 13 - 15 old actors that could make a movie or two befor edeveloping into Nightwing.

Cranston would rock as Gordon and so far that's the only casting choice that sounds like it could get done.

Ian McKellan as Alfred? ummm no! How about the most obvious chioce in Hollywood and would be a slam dunk at the role. Stanely Tucci. I mean for Chirstsakes, you put a mustache on him and it looks like he's stepped out of the comic book page. Also Tucci could bring the right amount of dry humor that defines the Character in the comics as well as being able to physically do a stunt or two just in case it was needed.

 

 

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 7/25/2012 5:29:01 AM

How does him turning down Green Lantern make him not interested in being in a comic book movie? Are you another mind reader? Did you see GL? It was horrible. Maybe he hated the script.

I was also going to say Crispin Glover as the Joker. I've thought about that for years especially since he was in Charlie's Angels.

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