Ah yes, Mr. Michael Fassbender, the man that people are currently touting as the greatest actor of this generation. Admittedly, I was a bit hesitant about putting Mike on this list. For an actor drawn to projects like Shame and Hunger, he doesn’t seem like the type to tackle Batman. But then again, he starred in X-Men: First Class, and will be flexing his assassin skills in the Assassin’s Creed film too.
Those roles may prevent him from headlining yet another blockbuster franchise, but if by some stroke of luck he’s able to sneak into the role, I think he would make an excellent Caped Crusader.
He has a particular screen presence that is very commanding. He made an excellent adversary as Magneto and I think he can take some of those qualities and lend them to the Bat. His natural good looks and undeniable confidence should help on the Bruce Wayne side of things and at 6 feet, he definitely looks imposing.
And then there’s the fact that he’s an absolutely terrific actor, in every way. I’m not knocking Christian Bale, or any of the other actors associated with Nolan’s Batman films, but Fassbender would bring the level of acting in superhero films up to a whole new level.
Though this would be a bit of a controversial choice seeing as Batman has always been portrayed by a Caucasian, I’m still rooting for Idris Elba. Though not an A-lister like Gosling, Elba is a fantastic actor and one who is slowly, but surely, making a name for himself.
After building up a fanbase for his role as Stringer Bell on HBO’s celebrated drama The Wire, Elba has gone on to show off his tough and commanding presence in films like Thor, Prometheus and Takers, as well as the hit show Luther. In terms of future projects, he’ll star in the upcoming blockbuster Pacific Rim, from director Guillermo del Toro as well as return to Thor 2.
With a strong, intimidating screen presence and a towering figure, Elba would make for a solid superhero. He plays the no-nonsense, large-and-in-charge role very well, and he could bring a necessary hard edge to the Caped Crusader.
Not familiar with Elba’s work? Check out the trailer below for Luther, an excellent show that I highly recommend.
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