CBT’s Warriors Three Cast: Batman
Unless you’ve been living under a glowing, green rock, you know that Warner Brothers has big plans for the planned Man of Steel sequel, which is scheduled for release in 2015. So far, we know that Zach Snyder will be returning to direct and that Kal-El will be dealing with the repercussions of what happened in the successful reboot of the Superman franchise. Of course, we also know that Henry Cavill will also be returning to reprise his role as Clark Kent/Superman, but there is also the inclusion of Batman that blew the socks off everyone in attendence of San Deigo Comic Con. It didn’t take long for fans, bloggers and websites to start throwing names out there as to who will don the cowl now that Christian Bale has bowed out of the role. Guess what, ComicBookTherapy will be no different, but we’re taking a bit of a different approach to the idea.
As the first in what we hope to be an on-going series, Cody “The Thorverine” Ferrell, Jake Lester and I, Josh “ecksmanfan” Johnson (henceforth known as CBT”s Warriors Three), will have a bit of a discussion in regards to the casting of various roles in upcoming comic book movies. Batman seems to be a perfect place to start things off and we have some interesting names to go over. Take a look and, as always, leave your thoughts, comments and suggestions below, we’d love to hear from you. Now, on to the (hopefully) civilized discussion on who we feel should star opposite Henry Cavill in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel.
Cody: For my first pick for Bruce Wayne, I tried to go with a choice that’s a little out there and isn’t someone that has been mentioned before. That’s why I’m going with Sean Maher. Yes, Simon Tamm from Firefly. He’s an odd choice, but the more I think about it the more I think it could work. People throw out Adrian Pasdar for Batman and Superman a lot, and Maher has a similar look. He’s like Adrian Pasdar without all the TV and voice acting baggage. He’s 8 years older than Cavill, so you’d have a slightly more seasoned Batman going up against Cavill’s young Superman. Maher is pretty fit nowadays and he looks very aristocratic in a suit. I think he could do a great Bruce and a pretty good Batman. Chris Pratt went from an everyman to what he is now, so Maher can hit the gym a little harder this year and be ready to go.
Jake: Sean Maher is a decent choice, actually. He has the look, and what I mean by that is he has a little bit of crazy eyes that you need for Batman. On the flip side, I am just not a fan of his work. I like Firefly, but was never really drawn to his character. Would I be okay with it? Sure, would I prefer it? No.
Josh: Maher is a bit of an out there choice, coming from someone who made a really oddball selection (see below). He does have that “look” that Batman needs. My biggest concern, is that outside of the nerd world, Maher isn’t that well known. I think people are expecting to at least recognize the name when they announce who will be playing the role, and there will be a lot of “you know, the guy from Firefly? No, the other one. No, no, the other one.”
Jake: My top choice for Batman is Karl Urban. I never really thought about Urban as a strong candidate for Batman until I was up one night RED was on TV. To me he displayed an aptitude for convincing hand to hand combat sequences, as well as an acting range to tackle different types of roles. While many people see Dredd as a movie that helped him display Batman skills I worry that he might have trouble finding the balance between the two characters.
Josh: This is probably the name that is highest on everyone’s list, and with good reason. I think Urban would do a great job in the role, but as Cody says below, I think he’s got too many other known roles to be on the same level as Cavill. He, along with Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman has one of the highest number of comic book movies on his resume. It’s be tough for him to shrug off those past roles I think.
Cody: You kind of take the wind out of my sails by kicking in your own negatives. He has too much nerd baggage: Lord of the Rings, Dredd, Star Trek, Hercules (he was on the Kevin Sorbo Hercules FYI). It’s hard to overcome. Dredd, in that movie, is basically Batman with a gun. He only shows the portion of his face Batman would too. He’s a good choice, but he’s got too many other high-profile roles that would distract from him as Henry Cavill’s Batman.
Josh: Game of Thrones has one of the most impressive cast of actors currently in the business. But there is one stand-out to me that has a huge future ahead of him and I’d like to see Batman as a part of it. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has been around a while, but it was Game of Thrones that launched him into the spotlight. What I like about him for the Dark Knight is his ability to emote arrogance that “high society” air that Bruce Wayne should have. But he always has a bit of mystery about him as well, which will lend to him playing Batman quite well. He’s got about 13 years on Cavill, but he looks much younger than that. Plus, if they go the direction I’m hoping they do, an older Bats wouldn’t be a bad thing at all.
Jake: I agree whole heartedly with Josh’s pick of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau…to a certain extent. He does, like Josh pointed out, have that great quality of arrogance and mystery that could translate over to Batman. However, his look is just all wrong for me. Normally I am not a big “oh he doesn’t have the look” kind of guy, but even with makeup and hair dye I just can’t see him physically looking like Bruce Wayne.
Cody: This is a solid choice. The only problem is Nikolaj is the spitting image of Matt Murdock. He can’t be Batman. He’s another one of those guys that absolutely need to be in a comic book movie. I just think there’s better fitting roles than Batman.
Cody: My second choice is more of a safer pick. I’m going to say Matt Bomer. He’s name is thrown out there a lot and there’s definitely a reason why. He has the look of Bruce Wayne, and he’s got the chops to be Batman as well. His pretty boy Batman playing off pretty boy Superman may take a little while to get used to, but getting the two of them together on screen has a lot of possibility. Bomer is only 5 years older than Cavill, so they have the staying power a franchise needs. He’s a safe choice and he’s famous but not enough to distract from the role and his co-stars.
Josh: I think that of all the names we have listed here, Matt Bomer is probably the most logical choice. He’s got the right age, certainly the right look and the perfect amount of entusiasm to make the best of any comic book movie role. I think if you put the pair of Bomer and Cavill on a screen together, the collective overies of the world would explode from all the hotness on the screen.
Jake:Bomer has always been a conundrum for me. I think the guy has amazing talent, and like my pick of Joe Manganiello, Bomer seems to show a great enthusiasm for the source material. However, he, like Manganillo, seems to get passed up for a lot of these roles. The issue I have is the one that Cody brought up, is Bomer and Cavill together just too much pretty boy on screen? While it wouldn’t bother me, Bomer would be my third pick behind my top two choices.
Josh: My second choice is a bit of a wild card in Justin Bartha. The Hangover veteran has that “tall, dark and handsome” look about him that most people associate with Bruce Wayne, though he is only about 5’8″, but with all that camera magic out there, that’s easily fixed. What I like about Bartha is that his name is recognizable but he’s not a super star, much like Cavill is…or was. This would allow them to focus on story rather than a name.
Jake: While I applauded Josh for going out on a limb and making a bold choice like Justin Bartha, the only thing I can say to it is, no. While I do agree if he was about 4-5 inches taller he would have a good look for the character, I can’t get over his past goofy roles. I mean could you really see Nic Cage’s sidekick from the National Treasure movies striking fear into the hearts of criminals? I can’t, but kudos to you Josh for thinking outside the box.
Cody: Say what?!?! I was trying to have the most oddball choice and you come in with Bartha? I have to say I agree with most of your points. He’s just pigeonholed in comedy now so it would be a hard sell. I don’t know. He’s just an average skinny dude. I’m sure he can bulk up for the role, but it’s hard not to look at him and not think “the guy that never did anything in Hangover.”
Jake: My second choice for Batman would have to be Joe Manganiello. It seems as if Manganiello has been up for or just close to many comic book movies, and he always just seems to miss out. He has shown a desire to nail these parts, and has said himself that he is a huge comic book fan. That mixed with the fact that the dude is a big physical presence makes him a good candidate to put on the Caped Crusader’s boots.
Josh: Manganiello is another name that keep popping up, and not just for Batman. I’m not a watcher of True Blood, but I’ve seen him in Magic Mike, and while his role is not a major one, he makes the best of what he has and is a strong enough actor to pull off the Batman. Having said that, I wonder if he’s too big to play the character. For whatever reason, I can’t seem to wrap my head around Manganiello playing Batman.
Cody: He 100% needs to be in a comic book movie. He missed out on Superman a few times. I don’t think he’s Batman material though. He can nail suave and sophisticated, but his body type fits more of your big hitter roles. Batman shouldn’t be a big, buff, bodybuilder. Comic book role? Heck yes. Batman? Probably not.
Well, from our discussion here, we have learned that we all have man-crushes on these people and that we want Bruce Wayne to be hot. These six choices, for the most part, (Bartha?) are pretty solid and I think the geek world would love to see them take on the role. You’ll notice that Christian Bale and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are not on here? That’s because it isn’t happening, so those folks who keep hoping for it need to move on. New series, new actor. Anywho, what are your thoughts? Who else would youlike to see don the cape and cowl? And…if you have an upcoming film role you’d like us to mull over, drop me a line or leave a comment below. We look forward to doing these more often!