I’m not sure why, but I’ve always enjoyed Joseph Fiennes as an actor. He’s not exactly a household name and his career isn’t as successful as brother Ralph, but I do enjoy his work. Best known for Shakespeare in Love, which couldn’t be anymore different than The Dark Knight trilogy, Fiennes has also showcased his acting chops, and in an effective manner, in productions like Enemy at the Gates, Camelot and FlashForward, all of which I really enjoyed.
He can do both tough and charming (i.e. Bruce Wayne and Batman) and his lower profile may actually be beneficial for the film, as audiences won’t have any pre-conceived notions going into the reboot.
Fiennes is definitely an underdog, but I say give him a shot.
Again, another non A-List actor, but a talented individual nonetheless. Wes Bentley is a name that you’ve likely heard, but would have trouble associating a face with. Up until a while ago, I was in the same camp, so don’t feel bad.
The actor still hasn’t had his breakthrough role yet (some may argue he broke out in American Beauty), but his strong presence in the recent blockbuster The Hunger Games has ensured that this star-in-the-making will earn more recognition in the near future.
Like Cooper, I may have a tough time buying the tough guy superhero act, but also like Cooper, Bentley is a talent I believe in. Give him a workout regiment, teach him some basic fighting, and you may just have a Batman in the making.
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