We Cast the Next Batman Movie (Mania.com)
Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2012
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.