There have been some great Batmans, haven’t there? Adam West, Christian Bale, Michael Keaton… George Clooney less so, yes, but his suit did have little nipples on it which sort of makes up for it in a way.
Anyway: at the end of last year, rumours started circulating that Ben Affleck wouldn’t be continuing in the role, and then even more rumours started circulating about who might replace him. Jake Gyllenhaal? Joaquin Phoenix? Jon Hamm? We have no idea! This is completely idle speculation!
But a few actors have started throwing their hats in the ring – and this week, it’s The Walking Dead star Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
Speaking to Total Film, Morgan said that it would be “the thrill of a lifetime to put on the Batsuit”.
“I’m not going to lie, Zack Snyder and I talked about doing Batman together when we did Watchmen,” he said. “I think it was both he and I’s favourite character and favourite story.”
“And what I know about [the next] Batman is, you know, for me, he’s not only the darkest of the Batmen, but the coolest. I love his whole storyline and who he is and the tortured soul of it all.”
“We’ll see. I mean, look, DC is DC and they’ll figure out what they’re going to do next,” he continued. “But I’m highly aware of the character, I will say that. I’m highly aware of the character, and it would probably be a thrill of a lifetime to put on the Batsuit.”
It’s not totally out of the question that he might appear in the Batman cinematic universe: for one, he very briefly appeared as Bruce Wayne’s father, Thomas, in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which presumably gives him a bit of a head start.
And GamesRadar also points out that DC are currently producing Flashpoint, originally a comic mini-series in which “The Flash accidentally creates an alternate reality where Superman is held captive in an underground lab, Wonder Woman and Aquaman are at war, and Batman is now Thomas Wayne, not Bruce” – making Morgan’s potential casting COMPLETELY CANON.
So: Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Batman… Tommy Wiseau as the Joker? SIGN US UP.