Michael C. Hall is Game to Play Batman


While Ben Affleck is the incumbent, his future as Batman/Bruce Wayne is unclear. The way Batman v Superman and Justice League received mixed critical feedback and the latter underperformed at the box office, has led to rumors about Affleck willing to leave the DCEU at the earliest.

There was a time when Affleck was set to write/direct and star in The Batman, and that film was to see the hero take up Deathstroke (Joe Manganiello), but, he eventually gave up his directorial duties. Matt Reeves (War For The Planet Of The Apes) is now directing the project, which is supposed to be a detective story, but, we don’t know for sure whether Affleck is involved with it or not. There have been various potential replacement names doing the rounds such as Jake Gyllenhaal, who himself trashed the rumor recently.

Apparently, Warner Bros focus is on creating other projects before taking a decision on The Batman and Ben Affleck. If the star does exit DCEU, then there is no lack of actors keen to take on the iconic cowl, including Michael C. Hall. The actor recently spoke to Yahoo! about his experience of voicing Batman in the animated film Justice League: Gods And Monsters, and how he loves the character:

In that particular iteration of the superhero origin story, it was an alternative universe; he was a vampire. But Batman, generally, I like him as a superhero, because he’s not as sort of remarkably endowed with some sort of superpowers he’s just smart. And the suit!

In response to a question about playing a live-action Batman, he copied Michael Keaton and said that he would be game for it:

‘I’m Batman, tell your friends about me.’ I love that, that was the Michael Keaton version. Well, thanks, sure – I’m all for that.

The present Batman version of DCEU is a bit older, and Bruce Wayne is a veteran vigilante in his forties. Hall’s age suits that and he has already proved in Dexter that he can play characters with a dark secret life. Still, there is a lot of difference between someone wanting to play a role and a studio wanting them to play that role. We don’t doubt that Hall would do a great, non-conventional Batman, we don’t think Warner Bros. will be entertaining the other actors until Ben Affleck takes a call.

After the financial debacle of Justice League, WB seems to be doing a rejig of sorts with the DCEU. There is a non-canon, R-rated Joker film to be directed by Todd Philips, and Margot Robbie stated that Birds of Prey might also be R-rated.

For now, there is no release date scheduled for The Batman, but, we will let you know once details emerge.