At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. announced they would follow up this summer’s Man of Steel with a Batman vs. Superman sequel set to be released in 2015. It is unlikely that actor Christian Bale will return to his iconic role since The Dark Knight trilogy director Christopher Nolan’s iteration of Batman takes place in a separate universe (as he’s specified many times), therefore Warner Bros. must put a new face to Bruce Wayne. So, below I’ve chosen a list of contenders I think would make a pretty decent Dark Knight.
1.) Armie Hammer: Young and up-and-coming, The Lone Ranger star certainly has the physique for the role as well as the dramatic chops, which we saw him exercise in 2010’s The Social Network where he embodied the role of the Winklevoss twins. Also, maybe I’m putting too much thought into this, but Hammer has a clear, deep voice that might provide a more natural “Batman” speak than Bale’s somewhat forced gargle-whisper.
2.) Anthony Starr: Rough and tough, Starr could step into the shoes of Bruce Wayne/Batman quite easily. As we’ve seen with this year’s Banshee on Cinemax, Starr fits the leading man who’s got a chip on his shoulder just fine, so I think he could definitely embody the broken, but driven Bruce Wayne. Also thanks to Banshee, we’ve seen that the man can kick some serious ass.
3.) Jeffrey Dean Morgan: He’s got the look and the charisma of rich billionaire Wayne, and he’s already had experience as a superhero in Watchmen. Morgan could be a weathered, smart adversary to Cavill’s Superman.
4.) Josh Holloway: An unexpected choice? Maybe. But this role could give Holloway the spotlight he deserves as he’s totally a badass, which he represented plentifully in Lost all those years ago. Darken his sandy blonde hair, add a little more muscle tone and we’re good to go.
5.) Timothy Olyphant: Olyphant may not be at the top of the list, but the rugged actor is definitely a solid option courtesy of his athleticism and his past work embodying dark characters, like Live Free or Die Hard’s unforgiving villain I could also see Olyphant bringing a refreshingly dark sense of humor to the role.
Production on the film, which has yet to gain a title, is scheduled to begin in 2014 for a Summer 2015 release. Man of Steel director Zack Snyder and writer David S. Goyer are back on board for this iteration, with Snyder directing and also co-writing the screenplay. Also, Nolan will be coming onboard the film as an executive producer. Snyder also announced that they will use Frank Miller’s graphic novel, The Dark Knight Returns, to help tell the sequel’s story. Man, it’s going to be a long two years.