Ben Barnes becomes Batman in this awesome fan art that has the actor replacing Ben Affleck in the DCEU.
Now that Ben Affleck is no longer set to play the Caped Crusader in the DC Extended Universe, fans have been trying to predict who will don the cape and cowl next. Actors like Jake Gyllenhaal and Jon Hamm have been fan-favorites to headline Matt Reeves’ upcoming Batman movie but a new piece of fan art has named The Punisher’s Ben Barnes as a worthy contender for the role. On The Punisher, the actor plays one of the antagonists to Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal), Billy Russo, aka Jigsaw.
The fan art is so impressive that it even caught the attention of Ben Barnes himself. The actor took to Instagram to share the fan art, which features Barnes donning the costume worn by Christian Bale’s Batman in the hit 2008 DC film The Dark Knight. Check out the awesome art in the post below.
Matt Reeves’ The Batman hits theaters in 2021 and an official replacement for Ben Affleck has yet to be announced. Fans won’t have to wait until 2021 for more Gotham City action though. In October, Joker debuts in theaters with Joaquin Phoenix playing the titular villain in his first solo movie. Just a few months after that, in 2020, Birds of Prey premieres with an eclectic cast of familiar faces for DC fans including Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez), Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco), Victor Zsasz (Chris Messina), Black Mask (Ewan McGregor), and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie).
The entire cast is filled with no additions to the DCEU except for Harley Quinn, who first debuted in 2016’s Suicide Squad. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on all news regarding Ben Affleck’s replacement in the DCEU as soon as more information becomes available. What’s your opinion of the fan art? Do you think Ben Barnes would be a good addition to the DCEU? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Top Actors To Replace Ben Affleck In Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’
Ben 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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.