Who should be the next actor to don the bat-cape? Click through the gallery for a peek at some potential Batman actors.
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Vin Diesel: A "Fast & Furious" take on the Dark Knight? Diesel could put some serious muscle into battering bad guys while wearing the cowl, and he’d certainly have no trouble piloting the Batmobile through the streets of Gotham. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)Link
Ryan Gosling: Bruce Wayne is a dashing loner who can wear a suit better than anyone else in the room, and his alter ego can fiercely bloody almost any opponent. In Gosling’s latest, “Only God Forgives,” he plays a dashing loner who can wear a suit better than anyone else in the room, and he can take a serious beating. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)Link
Zachary Quinto: It’s hard to quibble with Quinto’s genre bonafides (“Star Trek,” “Heroes”). He’s already demonstrated his cool, cerebral demeanor as everyone’s favorite Vulcan and as a young banker in the drama “Margin Call.” The cowl might cover his trademark brows, but there’s no question he could pull off a different set of pointy ears. (Chris Pizzello / Associated Press)Link
Bradley Cooper: The Oscar-nominated actor has joked about his failed audition for the lead role in “Green Lantern,” but he seems more Bruce Wayne than Hal Jordan in any case. Cooper can next be seen opposite retiring Batman Christian Bale in David O. Russell’s new movie, inspired by the Abscam sting operation of the 1970s. Perhaps the duo had a chance to banter about the character between scenes? (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)Link
Daniel Dae Kim: Kim has proven his acting chops as the multi-faceted Jin Soo Kwon in "Lost" and his action chops as a detective in "Hawaii Five-0." We think he could bring new depths to the Caped Crusader, plus his chiseled face would look perfect beneath the bat cowl. (Peter Foley / EPA)Link
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Considering the events of "The Dark Knight Rises," Joseph Gordon-Levitt would be a natural choice to take on the title of Batman and continue the work of Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)Link
Kit Harington: Harington knows how to play a guy with a chip on his shoulder. If there's one thing that Harington's "Game of Thrones" character Jon Snow has mastered, it's brooding -- something that's essential for a believable Dark Knight. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)Link
Robert Kazinsky: Batman is all about brains and brawn -- no superpowers, no fancy alien tech. Kazinsky, most recently known for his roles in "True Blood" and "Pacific Rim," has the bod to pull it off. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)Link
Simon Pegg: Simon Pegg as Batman? Yep. It would be awesome. Need we even say who should play Robin? (Chris Pizzello / Associated Press)Link
Idris Elba: The man has already declared the apocalypse canceled in “Pacific Rim” and served as the sentry for the magical world of Asgard in “Thor.” He easily has the sort of bad-ass gravitas required for Batman. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)Link
Richard Madden: Perhaps the King of the North will have better luck keeping his head as the Dark Knight? The "Game of Thrones" actor can handle a sword, so batarangs shouldn't be too difficult. (Matt Sayles / Associated Press)Link
Taylor Kitsch: With "Battleship" and "John Carter" in the rearview mirror, maybe it's time for Kitsch to take on a role worthy of the acting abilities he showed in "Friday Night Lights." (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)Link
Jensen Ackles: In "Supernatural," Ackles plays a demon-hunter adept at firearms, martial arts, knife fighting, lock-picking and anything involving stealth. Sounds like this cape-wearing guy we know... Plus, he named his baby daughter "Justice," which would suggest his head is in the right place for the role. (Taylor Hill / FilmMagic)Link
Andrew Lincoln: As the star of “The Walking Dead,” Lincoln has mastered the haunted heroic look of a man who stares down the bleakest of futures with grim, steely resolve, determined to restore hope to a disillusioned people. If that doesn’t say Batman, what does. Maybe his incarnation of Bob Kane’s vigilante could sport a cowboy hat? (Kirk McCoy / Los Angeles Times)Link
Ben Whishaw: Whishaw, who stars in the BBC espionage thriller "The Hour," is perhaps best known stateside as the new Q, James Bond's gadget guy in "Skyfall." Sure, he'd have to bulk up a bit, but a Ben Whishaw Batman might make a great foil for Henry Cavill's Superman. (Tim P. Whitby / Getty Images)Link
Channing Tatum: The popular actor is a believable action star and he’s even set to give voice to Superman in the upcoming “The Lego Movie,” marking his first foray into the DC Universe. And besides, if that “Man of Steel” sequel screenplay happens to feature a male exotic dancing sequence, Tatum’s got enough moxie to handle a breakaway Batsuit. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)Link
In Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman/Batman movie, Henry Cavill is reprising his “Man of Steel” role. But who will play the Dark Knight?
The new Batman has yet to be cast. The film, which is still being written, is slated for a summer 2015 release, with production expected to begin next year.
Snyder is directing as well as co-writing the story with David S. Goyer, who co-wrote “The Dark Knight” trilogy with Jonathan and Christopher Nolan.
“Whilst our ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy is complete, we have every confidence that Zack’s fresh interpretation will take the character in a new and exciting direction,” Christopher Nolan said in a Warner Bros. news release. “His vision for Superman opened the door to a whole new universe, and we can’t wait to see what Zack does with these characters.”
With Nolan’s Batman — Christian Bale — out of the running, who will move into the Batcave? Hero Complex offers up some suggestions.
Click through the gallery above for a peek at 16 possible Batman candidates, and vote for your favorite in the poll below.
Did we miss someone? Let us know in the comments.
— Noelene Clark and Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex
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