With the latest rumor that Warner Bros. is looking to cast an actor over 40 to play opposite Henry Cavill in SUPERMAN & BATMAN, it got us thinking about who they should target. The actor has to be able to pull off dark and brooding, since that’s the Batman we’ve come to know and love. But if they’re going with a true Superman vs. Batman, then the actor has to be able to pull off a dark side as well. The list below is eclectic and some of them would work better than others, but if they’re targeting actors over 40, here are 10 they should consider.
10. George Clooney: Just kidding
9. Josh Brolin: Along with Ryan Gosling (not over 40, so not on this list) and a few others, Josh Brolin’s name is the one that’s being floated as the current frontrunner. I like Brolin fine, but not as Batman. As an actor, he can more than handle anything the script would require, but he’s just not as charming as some of these other actors on the list. That said, he makes the list because he’s one of the better choices when it comes to actors over 40.
8. Guy Pearce: For the longest time, Guy’s name would come up whenever there was an open superhero slot. Before Christian Bale got the gig, a lot of fans were clamoring for Nolan to reteam with Pearce for BATMAN BEGINS. But that didn’t work out, but there’s no reason Pearce couldn’t take over for an older Batman. Pearce nails everything he does and it would be interesting to see him in this type of role.
7. Viggo Mortensen: Viggo is probably getting too old for the role, but how great would it be to have him play Bruce Wayne? His resume speaks for itself, so there’s not much convincing here. The issue is whether or not he’d be interested and my gut tells me he’d rather do infomercials than do another blockbuster.
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