Ben Affleck is officially out as Batman for the next film featuring the Caped Crusader set to be released in 2021. Warner Bros. is now looking for another actor to take up the mantle in The Batman, and there are some solid options out there. The thought is that the next Bruce Wayne/Batman will be a younger version, so that rules out some otherwise great candidates like Jake Gyllenhaal, Wes Bentley, Idris Elba, Jon Hamm, and Michael Fassbender.
Don’t laugh. If you haven’t noticed, former High School Musical star Zac Efron has progressed as an actor over the years, working his way through a variety of roles in comedies, musicals, and dramas. Efron’s upcoming film, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, features him as the infamous serial killer Ted Bundy, and it looks like he did an excellent job in a role that could vault him even higher in what’s been a strong career. Batman is basically the top of the world in acting, so the 31-year-old Efron might be wise to make a strong push for the part to help launch the next stage in his life as an actor.
Armie Hammer has been attached to Batman for over a decade, and it might finally be time for him to take up the cowl with Ben Affleck now out. At six-foot-five, Hammer has the size that might be coveted for the part, and he’s just 32 years old, so he could get through a decade of films without much issue. Also, while Henry Cavill’s status as Superman remains up in the air, Hammer has on-screen chemistry with him from Warner Bros.’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E., so that’d be a definite fit if Cavill remains in the DC Universe.
If director Matt Reeves does opt to go with an older and more experienced option for his Batman as opposed to someone in their 20s, in addition to the other potential options listed in the open, 38-year-old Charlie Hunnam would be a very strong choice. Hunnam isn’t a huge box office star, so he wouldn’t have a bunch of star power that might overshadow the part—but his ability and range as an actor is undeniable. He’d be able to bring emotion to both Bruce Wayne and Batman better than most actors could.
32-year-old Richard Madden has already played two roles of a lifetime—Robb Stark in Game of Thrones and Prince Charming in Cinderella—and it feels like he’s poised to land another huge role after he was outstanding in the record-breaking BBC/Netflix hit Bodyguard. It’d be something if Madden ends up having to choose between James Bond and Bruce Wayne, as he’s expected to draw heavy consideration for the former and should certainly be on Reeves’ radar for the latter.
Game of Thrones is coming to an end this year, and it’d be quite the move if Kit Harington can go from Jon Snow to Batman. There were rumors that Harington is the preferred option of executives for The Batman, which is a bit of a surprise considering his height and stature—which, to a lesser extent, might also be a concern for Efron and Madden. But he obviously has the acting prowess to play another one of the world’s premier characters.