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Batman actors: Cast your vote!

Who should be the next Batman?

Jake Gyllenhaal13%[ 6 ]
Christian Bale65%[ 30 ]
Henry Cavill2%[ 1 ]
Eion Bailey7%[ 3 ]
Joshua Jackson11%[ 5 ]
Hugh Dancy0%[ 0 ]
Cillian Murphy2%[ 1 ]

Total Votes : 46

Posted: Fri, 5th Sep 2003, 1:46pm

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Posted: Fri, 5th Sep 2003, 2:07pm

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You need to add an option 'none of the above'
Posted: Fri, 5th Sep 2003, 2:09pm

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No we don't. That wasn't an option on the short list. We can all think of someone to play him who isn't in the list. It would just be silly.
Posted: Fri, 5th Sep 2003, 2:10pm

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This is the list that is allegedly being considered by Nolan and WB. Unless something odd happens (which, judging by how well the Superman casting has gone so far, probably will), it'll be one of these guys. "None of the above" is not an option.
Posted: Fri, 5th Sep 2003, 2:11pm

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I don't see why we have to use this shortlist since shortlists are often changed. Anyway my point is not that I have someone else in mind but that none of them strike me as being a good batman. Give me a list of vaguely suitable people and I will choose one.
Posted: Fri, 5th Sep 2003, 11:02pm

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What about the rumour I heard that they were considering Ashton Kutcher?

Hey Joker... You've been PUNK'D!
Posted: Sat, 6th Sep 2003, 11:45am

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The Kutcher rumours persists only because Ashton Kutcher is supposedly up for every single role based around a white 20-25 year old character. Plus it's less likely as he's signed to this season of That 70s Show, leaving him his Xmas and Summer hiatus to film (unless they worked around him, which isn't so likely). Also if there's any justice, he won't be anywhere near Batman.

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Posted: Sun, 7th Sep 2003, 11:03am

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With the exception of Christian Bale, I have never heard of those guys... crazy
Posted: Sun, 7th Sep 2003, 11:21am

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I think that's prolly why he is so far ahead. You obviously don't watch Dawson's Creek then Sollthar?
Posted: Sun, 7th Sep 2003, 11:35am

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Ahh! Joshua Jackson... Now I remeber him. Seen that a couple of times, yes. smile
Posted: Sun, 7th Sep 2003, 4:02pm

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Christian Bale was also one of the few people in there I'd heard of.

I'm not bothered about Batman, but I still voted Bale 'cos I'm ill and all I can do is sit around on the computer and this occupied several minutes more. Besides he's pretty cool.

In fact damn, why did I vote Bale, I want him to play the next James Bond he couldn't do that if he was playing Batman. Oops. Ok Jake Glhihgihlllalygl 'cos I've heard the name I just can't spell it.
Posted: Sun, 7th Sep 2003, 4:09pm

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hmm, im not even sure if i wanna vote, they have ruined the batman franchise. Im hoping they dont ruing it futher. Its like they will be kicking it and spiting on it while its down.

I mean the last one was just discraceful. Never again i said to my self never again. See they need people like jack Nicholson back, playing some insane character. someone who will do justice not arnold. As some damn frezzer man! *relaying memories and beign really dissapointed AGAIN*

please do better!
Posted: Sun, 7th Sep 2003, 4:18pm

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Arnold could have been good if the film wasn't just rubbish.
Posted: Mon, 8th Sep 2003, 12:49am

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Im sorry arnold couldnt! the best roles arnold plays are the one, where hes either taking the mick outta himself. or just has no emotion. i mean no one could play the terminator better then arnold he is the man for that job!
Posted: Tue, 9th Sep 2003, 9:31pm

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Heh, everyone votes for Bale just cause he was in Equilibrium.
Posted: Wed, 10th Sep 2003, 12:11am

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MechaForce wrote:

Heh, everyone votes for Bale just cause he was in Equilibrium.
No, I picked him because he has great jawline structure, which is an important thing for Batman to have (actually because he is a superb actor and all his films with his many differnent roles reflect that). I was however close to choosing Jake Gyllenhaal, he too is great and has a good jawline.

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Posted: Wed, 10th Sep 2003, 11:35am

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Isn't that a reason not to vote for him!?! razz
Posted: Wed, 10th Sep 2003, 12:52pm

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Have to agree with Kid there...
Posted: Wed, 10th Sep 2003, 1:23pm

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I dunno, I'd say Bale was the one good thing about that film.

Oh, and the dog scene.

Unfortunately, both Bale and the dog scene only served to illustrate how poor the rest was. unsure
Posted: Wed, 10th Sep 2003, 4:52pm

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:p that dog scene i thought was just cheesey.

But then as batman, he could pull it off. its not like batman could go any lower then it is right now..can it?
Posted: Wed, 10th Sep 2003, 4:57pm

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Not with Nolan at the helm, no. Even if WB interfered in their continuing efforts to ruin everything, it would still end up a better film than Batman & Robin.
Posted: Thu, 11th Sep 2003, 7:28pm

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On darkhorizons.com it's apparently been made official: Bale has been cast as the B-Man himself.

Definetly better casting than Kutcher thats for damn sure.
Posted: Thu, 11th Sep 2003, 11:00pm

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To continue what TheLimey said

its OFFICIAL!

the new Batman/Bruce Wayne is none other than the "American Psycho" himself, Christian Bale. In a press release issued today, Warners has confirmed that Bale has landed the starring role in Chris Nolan's upcoming new incarnation of the franchise which begins shooting early next year. Of Bale, Nolan says "What I see in Christian is the ultimate embodiment of Bruce Wayne. He has exactly the balance of darkness and light that we were looking for" whilst WB President Jeff Robinov says "Now that we’ve found the best person to play Batman, we are really looking forward to moving ahead with the rest of our casting, and are excited about the exceptional group we are assembling". Other casting announcements are expected to be announced shortly

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Posted: Thu, 11th Sep 2003, 11:07pm

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Val Kilmer was by far the best. But is it true that the new movie was going to be more batman beyond style?
Posted: Thu, 11th Sep 2003, 11:26pm

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Val was only the best if you don't include the first 2 films smile
Posted: Fri, 12th Sep 2003, 2:27am

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Michael Keaton is the true Dark Knight.

Christian Bale can pull off Batman, though. Let's see if the rest of the ensemble can do it. We need a real movie.
Posted: Sat, 13th Sep 2003, 5:22am

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Michael Keaton did a fairly decent job acting as Batman, but I still think Val Kilmer worked better. He moved much better in the Batman Suit than Keaton ever did. that's what comes from being a martial artist, though. can't beat experience.
and, if I'm remembering my Batman correctly, Batman is a martial artist.

Clooney played Bruce Wayne well, he does that rich playboy routine very nicely

Kilmer was Batman the best, in my opinion

and Keaton did a better job as Bruce Wayne than Clooney did, but just didn't cut it in the cowl for me.

and Clooney was absolutely god awful inside the suit.



I think Christian Bale could work acceptably. if he bulked up a bit. he's a tad too scrawny at the moment. in my opinion, at any rate.
Posted: Sat, 13th Sep 2003, 5:24am

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say, nitroviper, you've got something there. . . .

who is the rest of the cast? what evil villains will batman be up against this time? does anybody know? or would we all be totally guessing?
Posted: Sat, 13th Sep 2003, 5:37am

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actually, you know, now that I think about it. . . .

I just followed the link to Dead End all the way to Clark Bartram's site. . . . . he's got a good build, he did fairly well in Dead End, I actually wouldn't mind seeing him as Batman this time around
Posted: Sat, 13th Sep 2003, 11:02am

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Michael Keaton made Batman and Wayney his own characters. They weren't how you'd imagine them from the comic, but I thought they worked superbly. Same with his movement in the batsuit - it wasn't the athletic, highly-trained martial artist from the comics, but it still made sense and was very cool: all minimal movement, getting the job done as quickly as possible with the least expenditure of energy.

In terms of the comic, Clark Bartram certainly looked the most like Batman - he even managed to just about pull it off in that suit, which could have lookd decidedly silly - but I've no idea what his acting skills are like.

Have you seen American Pyscho, Ice-Man? Bale is very bulked up in that, but still very agile and fit. Which is what Batman should be - he's not meant to be a huge muscleman. He's meant to be a balance.

Anyway, somewhat like Keaton, Bale is a good enough actor to do the role. But unlike Keaton, he also looks the part. So we could be in for something special...
Posted: Sat, 13th Sep 2003, 1:49pm

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I've seen American Psycho, but a while ago. I didn't remember him being that large, but maybe I'll have to take a look at it again.


my perception of Batman was always a rather large, imposing figure. Not ridiculously huge, mind you (nowhere near Mr. Universe size) but big enough that your averagae guy wouldn't be thinkin' about messing with him (which is why Clark Bartram struck me as what would be a good choice)
as to Bartram's acting skills, while watching Dead End, not once did I think "who's this fellow? he's not batman!" which leads me to think that his acting might be alright. . . . . I don't think he's ever acted in anything else, though; so it's kind of hard to tell
Posted: Sat, 13th Sep 2003, 5:37pm

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Acting as Batman is one thing, acting as Bruce Wayne is another.

Any semi-decent actor should be able to handle Batman (given the right physique, anyway), as long as they have a well-designed suit (which is where Clooney had the problems).
Posted: Sat, 13th Sep 2003, 7:01pm

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true, true. . . .

judging from the behind the scenes featurette on Dead End, I think he \could\ do all right. . . . but it's something I don't think we'll get to find out. . .
Posted: Sat, 13th Sep 2003, 7:06pm

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Yes, we definitely don't need nipples on the Batsuit.

Incidentally, one of the many rumors flying around about villains is the Scarecrow.
Posted: Sat, 13th Sep 2003, 7:18pm

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Scarecrow is an old rumour. The lastest rumour for bad guy is Ras Al Ghul.
Posted: Sun, 14th Sep 2003, 1:34am

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Tarn wrote:

Scarecrow is an old rumour. The lastest rumour for bad guy is Ras Al Ghul.
Rumours have it, he has a 'slinky' daughter...

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Posted: Mon, 15th Sep 2003, 9:26am

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please oh lord please let this film be good!!!

I will give it a look into, but im hoping its not just another franchise filler. I think keaton was amazing. ok he wasnt the main figure you would expect from a comic book. but the look of him was just what they needed. look at his face something weird, something demented about him. like a killers face. im not being stupid. his faces was somewhat of an evil expression, i think it went well with the fact the dark knight had some issues because of the death of his parents. something i dont think could be done again that easily.