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Reports have surfaced this week that actors Nicholas Hoult and Robert Pattinson are the frontrunners to take the role of Bruce Wayne in director Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which will focus on a younger iteration of the Caped Crusader.
With that in mind, we’re filling out Gotham City with our top picks for the actors to take key roles alongside Hoult or Pattinson in The Batman.
Last we tried this 46-year-old Ben Affleck was the presumed Dark Knight. The significant age difference between him and the two leading candidates and the fact Warner Bros. may also now move on from as Jeremy Irons as Alfred and J.K. Simmons as Jim Gordon means big changes to out countdown, including new actors for those roles and an overall younger skewing cast.
Check out our (mostly) new choices.
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NICHOLAS HOULT or ROBERT PATTINSON as HUSH2 of 12
Whichever of the top Batman/Bruce Wayne casting picks doesn’t make the cut is our choice for Tommy Eliot/Hush – Bruce Wayne’s dark mirror and Batman’s Moriarty.
If Pattinson takes the Batman role, Hoult would be a pitch perfect choice for an unhinged Hush hiding behind Tommy Eliot’s veneer of affluent affability – a la Hoult’s gut-wrenching role in BBC’s Skins.
And if Hoult puts on the cowl, Pattinson would make a vicious alternative, drawing on his resentment of Bruce Wayne and hatred of Batman for his criminal undertakings.
JESSICA CHASTAIN as POISON IVY3 of 12
With Birds of Prey coming down the pike and putting her pal/partner Harley Quinn in the spotlight, WB is going to need a Poison Ivy - and who better than an up-and-coming redheaded actress who has already said she wants the part?
We're not gonna overthink this one - Chastain is a star with the requisite presence and the ability to swing between cerebral and charming (Interstellar anyone?) that the part of the scientist-turned-villain Pamela Isley requires.
Chastain has a role in the upcoming Dark Phoenix, but we’re not expecting that to be a repeat performance.
SOFIA BOUTELLA as CATWOMAN4 of 12
Anyone who’s seen Sofia Boutella in physical action in any of her action roles in Kingsman, The Mummy, and more could likely immediately see how the acrobatic actress could easily fit the role of Selina Kyle.
Put a whip in her hands, some goggles on her face, and of course a stealth suit, and you’ve got a perfect recipe for the Bruce Wayne and Batman’s rival/love interest.
Boutella’s Catwoman would be a serious physical threat – her martial arts and acrobatic prowess on full display alongside her cat burglar skills. But her Selina Kyle would be a keenly seductive, calculating criminal genius.
WESLEY SNIPES as LUCIUS FOX5 of 12
Yes, we’re serious. Yes, we get (and enjoy) the jokes. But we think casting Wesley Snipes as Lucius Fox would be a spectacular way to differentiate from previous portrayals of Fox on the big screen, and from Bruce’s dynamic with Alfred.
Picture this: Lucius Fox is an ex-special forces tough guy who uses his engineering knowledge to help build Batman’s weapons – and potentially whip him into shap.
Give Snipes the “Whistler” role, so to speak – and maybe give him a shot to show his skills somewhere – and we think the potential chemistry between Snipes/Fox and either of the top choices for Bruce Wayne (Robert Pattinson or Nicholas Hoult) is enough to make this worthwhile.
DENZEL WASHINGTON as RA'S AL GHUL6 of 12
It’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 want to give Batman a big screen arch-enemy without leaning into the Joker, Ra’s is the number one other choice.
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 has 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 pull off a repeat villain and make it their own.
HAILEE STEINFELD as BARBARA GORDON/BATGIRL7 of 12
Barbara Gordon/Batgirl is a Bat-family character with a spin-off movie of her own in the works, so we’re keeping that in mind with our choice of Hailee Steinfeld to take both a supporting and lead role.
Steinfeld has been commanding the screen since summoning surprising screen weight for barely-a-tween in 2010’s True Grit, and she’s due for a breakout onscreen role.
Steinfeld has the exact right presence for a young woman who essentially fights her way into Batman’s ally-ship, and paired with our new choice for Commissioner Gordon, we think we’re onto something.
FINN WOLFHARD as TIM DRAKE/ROBIN8 of 12
Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard is 16 – just the right age to take the role of Batman’s sidekick Tim Drake as a slightly older Dick Grayson grows into the role of Nightwing.
The one thing no Batman modern movie has ever presented is a comic book accurate portrayal of the Dynamic Duo (especially not with Tim Drake). Even the titular Batman & Robin featured a much older Dick Grayson, not exactly capturing the real spirit of the team up.
Enter Finn Wolfhard – a perfect choice to take the role of the studious but daring Tim Drake, whose natural ingenuity is enough to solve the mystery of Batman’s identity, and earn him a place as the Boy Wonder.
TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET as DICK GRAYSON/NIGHTWING9 of 12
Timothée Chalamet may be an “of the moment” choice for the role of a Dick Grayson in his early 20s, but we can’t unsee it and we can’t unsay it – and actually, It makes a lot of sense.
Chalamet’s star making turn in coming-of-age drama Call Me By Your Name comes to mind, and while the romance we’d be envision for Grayson in The Batman (or any number of spin-off films) would be alongside Barbara Gordon, the energy Chalamet brings to the screen would perfectly capture Dick Grayson at a critical point as he moves into the Nightwing role, striking out on his own for the first time.
Chalamet's star is on the rise, and he's in his early 20s, putting him directly in position to own and grow with the role of Nightwing.
It doesn't hurt he and Wolfhard could credibility pass for almost look-alikes, in the spirit of the Dick-Tim legacy.
BEN MENDELSOHN as ALFRED PENNYWORTH10 of 12
Truth be told, we considered risking the wrath of Twitterdom by suggesting Tilda Swinton take the role of Bruce Wayne’s mentor/butler – but Alfred Pennyworth’s role as a surrogate father figure to Bruce is too important a dynamic to ignore when considering who should be cast.
That’s why we’ve got our eyes on Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn, whose crucial turn in Captain Marvel proved he’s got the chops to play, well, almost anything – but it’s Mendelsohn’s surprising warmth even from behind Talos’ Skrullish demeanor that makes us think he’d be the perfect Alfred.
Play the determination plus compassion Mendelsohn so often channels off of the cold, distant demeanor suggested by the Pattinson/Hoult Bruce Wayne casting choice, and you’ve got the perfect straight-man/window into Batman’s world.
ANGELINA JOLIE as COMMISSIONER GORDON11 of 12
It’s looking like Angelina Jolie is set to take a key role in Marvel Studios’ The Eternals - but we’re gonna say that wouldn’t preclude her from taking a supporting role in The Batman as the Caped Crusader’s ally and confidant in the GCPD, Commissioner (Jamie?) Gordon.
Jolie has the gravitas and wit to play a wry foil to a younger (but not necessarily green) Batman. And given so many recent iterations of the Bruce-Jim relationship on the big and small screen, this one needs a shake-up.
And what’s more, adding a mother/daughter dynamic to her relationship with Barbara Gordon could mirror Bruce’s own relationship with Alfred Pennyworth, adding a different depth and bond than has been explored with the characters before.
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