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So Who’s Going To Replace Ben Affleck As Batman?

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Ben Affleck has made several successful appearances as Batman in recent years. He made a splash in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the Justice League, and Suicide Squad. However, in Matt Reeves’ new movie, The Batman, it’s unlikely we will see Affleck play the dark night. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reeves’ Batman story revolves around a younger version of the hero. Here are the five actors we think could best portray the role, and who should definitely not be cast.

Best Pick: Jack O’ Connell

You may not recognize his name yet, but it’s no doubt Jack O’Connell will make a big break in American cinema. This British actor recently starred in Unbroken, a war film directed by Angelina Jolie. Though Jack O’Connell isn’t a big name yet, this movie could be the role that brings him to the top. Plus, a younger Batman role could benefit from an actor that is less known but incredibly talented.

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Worst Pick: Armie Hammer

Armie Hammer is a young but very successful actor, who has starred in several critically acclaimed films. People loved him in The Social Network, and his performance in Call Me by Your Name earned him a Golden Globe nomination. He also has the classic Batman look, but casting Armie Hammer would essentially be the same as choosing a younger version of Ben Affleck. If the movie wants to make a statement, they’ll choose an actor that’s a bit more out of the box.

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Best Pick: Michael B. Jordan

Michael B. Jordan would certainly be an out of the box choice for Batman, however his recent success with Black Panther would make him the perfect fit. Jordan made his villain Erik Killmonger relatable. His character had a troubled past, and though we can’t condone his actions, we can relate to his struggle. Batman needs an actor like this to pull off his brooding yet relatable persona. Michael B. Jordan could certainly pull this role off, and his recent role in a Marvel movie makes him a local pick.

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Worst Pick: John Hamm

John Hamm was the perfect Don Draper in Mad Men, but we’re not convinced he would make a great Batman. He expressed in an interview with Graham Bensinger, “I am a huge comic book fan, always have been… And I like the genre, and I like when they’re done well.” Even though Hamm loves the series, and his past performances make him a seemingly good fit, it would be more of the same acting style as everything else he’s ever done. Hamm would be much better cast in a dynamic role where he can truly show his depth as an actor.

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The Best (But Impossible) Pick: Jake Gyllenhaal

It’s been a rumor that Jake Gyllenhaal would replace Affleck in the next Batman movies. Though fans were excited to see him play the beloved superhero, Gyllenhaal denied the rumors in an interview with China News Asia. When asked if the rumors of his Batman casting were true, he said, “The answer to that question is no.” Hopefully, Matt Reeves can find someone close to his talent and charisma to perform as our favorite superhero.

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