James McAvoy Down To Play Batman Villain The Riddler If He Loses X-Men Role

James_McAvoy_Batman_Riddler_Professor_X_MenWhile streaming live on his official Instagram account, X-Men star James McAvoy stated he would be willing to play Batman villain The Riddler.

Warner Bros. is set to bring a younger version of Batman to the big screen soon and while details are on the plot are currently unknown, director Matt Reeves has stated the film will feature multiple villains from the Caped Crusader’s rogues’ gallery.

Meanwhile, Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s key entertainment assets is set to close soon, meaning the future of the X-Men franchise will likely head down a different path once the characters fall under Marvel Studios’ umbrella. With his future as Professor X uncertain, James McAvoy noted he would be willing to portray Batman villain The Riddler when asked who he would like to portray if he were to join the DC Universe:

“The Riddler, maybe? I always liked him when I was growing up. I’ve always thought DC does really good bad guys.”

So what do you think? Would James McAvoy make for a great Riddler? Let us know in the comments below!

In the meantime, the next chapter of the X-Men franchise is set to finally hit theaters this summer while The Batman is due on June 25, 2021.

In DARK PHOENIX, the X-MEN face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite — not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.

Directed by Simon Kinberg, Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Jessica Chastain.

Dark Phoenix will be released in theaters on June 7, 2019. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the X-Men franchise and the Disney-Fox merger as we learn it.

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Top Actors To Replace Ben Affleck In Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’

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Batman Ben Affleck Matt ReevesBen Affleck is officially out as Batman and it's a pretty sad day.

Words cannot describe how sad I am to see Ben Affleck announce that he's no longer Batman. His Batman is why I do what I do. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I fell in love with his comic book-accurate interpretation of the Caped Crusader. It was a breath of fresh air and it felt like we finally had the one true Batman.

Three years have quickly sped by and we're officially going to receive a new Batman for his next movie. Last night, Ben Affleck announced that he will not return as the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves' The Batman and now everyone's attention has moved towards wanting to know who the next Bruce Wayne will be. Matt Reeves is said to want an actor that's around 20 years younger than Affleck while Warner Bros. wants someone older. My guess is that Reeves wants a fresh start while the studio wants an older actor for crossover potential.

In this list, I will discuss the actors I think can replace Ben Affleck as Batman using the parameters that Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. want. Hit Next to see our picks to play the Batman.

Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender X-Men

Michael Fassbender is an X-Men alum and no stranger to comic book franchises. The actor has shown multiple levels of range and could definitely handle the Batman/Bruce Wayne personality. If they go with the older range for the next Dark Knight, then Fassbender is probably one of the best choices to take over the role.

Ben Barnes

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Ben Barnes is out of a job after The Punisher season 2 and he's one of the best actors in that series. The second season tied up Barnes' arc on The Punisher and the actor has already told us that that he'd love to play the Caped Crusader. Barnes definitely has the pretty boy look going on for him and I wonder what his take on Bruce Wayne could be.

Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling Blade Runner 2049

I've said this before and I'll say it again: Ryan Gosling needs to star in a superhero movie. I've always thought Gosling would make a great Batman. Every role that he's done has shown us his capability and he could crush it as Bruce Wayne.

Jon Hamm

Jon Hamm Mad Men

Jon Hamm is my top choice for an older Batman. If Warner Bros. wants to cast an older actor for crossover potential, Jon Hamm is the studio's best bet. He has a similar look to Ben Affleck, and c'mon, the guy's look just screams Bruce Wayne.

Armie Hammer

Armie Hammer The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Armie Hammer is 32 years old and was cast as the Caped Crusader in George Miller's Justice League: Mortal. That film will never see the light of day, but that doesn’t mean that Hammer doesn't deserve a second shot at being the Batman. He's charming, broody and will probably give his all for this role. Armie Hammer is a great option because he's young enough for Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. could work in a way for him to crossover with the rest of the DC Extended Universe.

Richard Madden

Richard Madden Bodyguard

Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden is my top choice to replace Ben Affleck as Batman. The actor is young, has the look and definitely has the acting chops to play the duality of Batman and Bruce Wayne. Madden just won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television series for the BBC drama Bodyguard, so Warner Bros. may want to quickly snatch him up.

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Sebastian Peris

Sebastian Peris

Canadian film buff, political junkie, comic book geek, and board game enthusiast.

  • mstlyharmlss

    PLEASE make this movie…which is to say DON’T. I run a comic shop and the WORST selling version of Batgirl that we’ve ever had was the Burnside version. EW doesn’t know what they are talking about. Since the Barbara they seem to talk about that had a run in with the Joker was ret-conned as the delusions of a computer program called Oracle. That isn’t the version that everyone is using pictures of, which is the Burnside version that so far has been the least popular of the Batgirls.

    • henryducard

      …] but sources tell EW the movie will follow Simone’s harder-edged storyline rather than the more comical, playful “Batgirl of Burnside”

      I agree with you and so does the studio apparently.

      • Monty

        Reading is not his forte. He obviously just looks at the pictures and freaks out.

  • Maxi Iroh

    Thank God.

  • Fenix

    I feel like Batgirl of burnside would be very much up Joss’ alley.

  • Darthmanwe

    When you say “New 52 Batgirl”, I broke out into cold sweat because of the ‘burnside’ thing.

    Thank f…g god that’s not gonna be the movie.