ATOMIC BATTERIES TO POWER! TURBINES TO SPEED!1 of 12This week, Ben Affleck confirmed that the working title of his upcoming solo Batman movie is The Batman.
Of course, several members of Batman's supporting cast are already confirmed for other DC Cinematic Universe films and fans should likely expect them all in Affleck’s film, including Jeremy Irons as Alfred, J.K. Simmons, who will appear as Commissioner Gordon in Justice League , and Suicide Squad's Joker and Harley Quinn, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie. And of course, Joe Manganiello has been confirmed as Deathstroke for The Batman.
But Gotham City is a big place and Batman’s supporting cast a large and rich one. So, with that in mind, here are our picks for the cast of DC's newest Batman solo movie.
JOHN GOODMAN as HARVEY BULLOCK2 of 12John Goodman may be best known as a comedic actor, but he’s also shown dramatic chops during his long career. With the rest of the cast also occupying a somewhat larger than life area, Goodman would make a powerful addition as lightly corrupt cop Harvey Bullock.
As a former partner and confidante to Commissioner Gordon, Bullock often plays the role of the skeptical, hard-nosed critic of Batman. He’s occasionally been an unlikely ally as well – a dichotomy Goodman could easily embody.
Plus he’s a veteran of the Ben Affleck-directed Argo.
KYLE CHANDLER as TWO-FACE3 of 12For the role of Bruce Wayne’s friend turned arch-foe, we’re looking to another veteran of Argo – Kyle Chandler, best known as Coach Eric Taylor on Friday Night Lights.
Chandler would be perfectly suited to playing not only Harvey Dent, the altruistic attorney who takes on Gotham’s underworld, but also his evil alter ego, the twisted Two-Face. Chandler’s affable demeanor would play off his rarely seen dark side, making him the a good choice to play both the best and worst of Gotham City.
CASEY AFFLECK as THE RIDDLER4 of 12Ben Affleck’s brother Casey is an accomplished actor in his own right, having starred in several of his older brother’s films. Casey Affleck often plays a reluctant hero, but it’s his dark side, seen in The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford that makes him such an intriguing choice to play the Riddler.
In that film, Affleck plays an outlaw overshadowed by his more successful and charismatic gangleader – an angle that plays into Riddler trying to outsmart the always one-step-ahead Batman at every turn. The onscreen chemistry of the Affleck brothers is also palpable, building a level of tension best reserved for Batman’s most vexing foes.
PAUL GIAMATTI as THE PENGUIN5 of 12Paul Giamatti is not your typical Hollywood leading man – but the Penguin is not your typical Hollywood villain. Forget his first comic book role in Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Marvel and Sony sure want you to). Giamatti is due for a surprising turn in a role more suited to his talents.
Giamatti is a gifted character actor, and while he’s often played to a type, the role of Oswald Cobblepot would subvert expectations about Giamatti’s personality just enough while also allowing him to do what he does best – in addition to menacing Gotham City and chewing up the scenery of the Iceberg Lounge.
DAVID MAZOUZ as TIM DRAKE6 of 12Okay, you got us. We played it straight so far but this is something of a gimmick selection. But picking a teen actor for a role a couple years in the future is always difficult.
David Mazouz may not get to put on tights as Batman any time soon, despite playing a young Bruce Wayne on Fox’s Gotham, but we’ve got a different set of tights in mind – the red, gold, and green of Bruce’s third (and arguably greatest) Robin, Tim Drake.
Mazouz is only 15 (he’ll likely be 17 by the time the new Batman film starts), making him if nothing else an interesting choice for a rookie Robin operating alongside the seasoned Affleck. And, in a way, it’s fitting that he plays a version of Wayne in another medium, as Tim Drake has often been said to be the most similar Robin to his mentor.
ANGELINA JOLIE as CATWOMAN7 of 12The primary romantic foil of Ben Affleck’s Batman needs to be someone with monumental presence who can fill the screen alongside both Batman and Bruce Wayne. That’s where Angelina Jolie comes in.
Jolie is as marketable an actress as there has ever been, and as the sexy, ass-kicking Selina Kyle, she’d be as much a force to be reckoned with as Batman himself. Jolie has the charisma and gravitas to balance her dual roles as Batman’s enemy and love interest, and the action chops to back it up.
We’ve made this pick before, and we’re sticking with it – arguably the third most recognizable woman in the DC Universe needs a big name to back her up, and there’s none bigger than Angelina Jolie.
ZAC EFRON as DICK GRAYSON8 of 12The role of Batman’s primary sidekick needs someone with incredible physical presence who still strikes a dynamic balance with the towering Ben Affleck. Enter Zac Efron. The former Disney Channel star is best known for his comedic roles, but there’s no denying his boyish good looks and heroic physique.
The affable Efron would be a perfect counterpoint to the dour Bruce Wayne, playing Grayson as an eternal optimist despite the level of darkness he’s experienced. By now, he’d be Nightwing, making Efron, a somewhat proven commodity, a good choice if WB wishes to spin the role into his own film.
Plus, there’s that little matter of Grayson being DC’s number one male eye candy for a legion of fans…
EMMA STONE as BARBARA GORDON9 of 12Emma Stone had a major role in the Amazing Spider-Man films as Gwen Stacy, but maybe it’s time she got a role as an ass-kicking hero herself. Here’s where we ask her to go back being a redhead, and join Bruce Wayne in the Batcave as Barbara Gordon.
Sure, there were some false rumors that Jena Malone’s cut character from Batman v Superman was a version of Barbara Gordon, but when that was thoroughly trounced it opened the door even more for a Barbara down the road - and Stone's sarcastic charm would be a perfect foil to Ben Affleck’s brooding Batman.
She’d also be playing opposite another Spider-Man movie alum, with Babs’s dad Commissioner Gordon being played by J.K. Simmons. Who better than the spunky Stone to crack Simmons’s tough exterior?
And whether she’s Batgirl or Oracle, Stone has the physical presence and personality to be a perfect fit for either identity.
FINN WITTROCK as JASON TODD10 of 12Finn Wittrock may not have the profile of some of the stars we’ve chosen, but he more than makes up for that with his superheroic good looks, his charisma, and, oh yeah – his dark side.
Over two seasons of American Horror Story, fans have seen Wittrock as both a bedeviled former model turned vampire, and a secret psycho killer. Somewhere in the middle lies the tortured, violent Jason Todd.
As Robin, Todd didn’t quite see eye-to-eye with his mentor, Bruce Wayne. After his death and return as Red Hood, he still doesn’t – and now he’s got a mean streak to back it up. Wittrock is the perfect choice to strike that balance, straying far from Batman’s path while remaining oddly likable.
DENZEL WASHINGTON as RA'S al GHUL11 of 12It’s unlikely Warner Bros. will dive too deeply back into the Ra’s al Ghul mythos after his central role in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, but if they plan to tell Jason Todd’s story – and we’re guessing, on some level, they will, thanks to that defaced Robin costume seen in Batman v Superman - Ra’s will likely at least get a cameo, with the possibility of an expanded role later on.
Considered by some to be Batman’s true nemesis, the immortal Ra’s al Ghul is a criminal mastermind on a global scale. For that, you need someone with gravitas in spades. Who better than Denzel Washington to fill that role? Washington have gone against type to play a villain a few times to great effect (Training Day remains one of our favorite Denzel performances) – and honestly, it’s gonna take someone with incredible magnetism to menace Affleck’s blunt-weapon Batman. Washington is that someone.
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