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Casting Call: 10 Actors Who Could Be the Next Batman

Back in 2017, Ben Affleck stepped down as the director of the next Batman solo film, and Matt Reeves was hired to helm The Batman. Since then, Affleck’s desire to leave Batman behind has been an open secret. Affleck put those rumors to rest when he officially stepped down from the role, shortly after The Batman received a 2021 release date. Now, the question on everyone’s mind is simple: which actor will step up to become the new Dark Knight?

But what makes for a great Batman? There are a few key attributes. Natural good looks and swagger certainly help capture Bruce Wayne’s character. But a truly great Batman performer has to be able to embody the Dark Knight’s physicality, intellect. and sheer ferocity. That’s a lot to live up to.  It also makes finding a new Batman one of the most challenging casting calls in Hollywood.

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One name we can safely scratch off is Armie Hammer. Although reports suggested that Hammer was being targeted by Warner Bros., the actor debunked those rumors himself. Rumor has it that Warner Bros. is looking for an actor in their mid-thirties, while Reeves wants an even younger Batman. Naturally, fans have suggested a few names, including Ben Barnes, John Krasinski, Charlie Cox, and others. But there is some question if either WB or Reeves wants an established performer or a fresher face. We won’t get a clear indication of what the studio and director want until the casting process is narrowed down to a few possibilities.

Before we jump into the slideshow, it’s important to know that this list is coming from a place of actors that have the ability to be the next Batman, which doesn’t necessarily mean that they should. That’s an important distinction. With that said, check out the 10 performers we would audition to play Bruce Wayne’s alter ego.