Who Would You Pick To Be The Next Batman?

By People's Choice | 10:11 am on November 29, 2011

Quick: can you name a movie that starred Jack Nicholson, Elton John, Ann-Margret, Tina Turner and Eric Clapton?

Today we bid adieu to the outrageous filmmaker who assembled the above-mentioned cast in a little rock opera called Tommy. 40-odd years ago. Ken Russell – who just passed away at age 84 – was one of England’s most well-known directors, having made more than 70 movies for both small and big screen. While his name may not be super-familiar to you, chances are you’re aware of his movies – like Tommy, Altered States, Women in Love and Crimes of Passion just to name a few. His best known works came out in the 1970s and 80s, and he remains extremely influential: this was a guy who brought over-the-top imagery, flamboyant costumes, and creepy, drug-induced spectacle to audiences long before his better-known successors.

His were not films for children, or even for the faint of heart. They were dark and often horror-filled. As a child I snuck into my older brother’s bedroom daily (he was away at school) and was entirely responsible for wearing out and subsequently ruining three of his favorite LPs –the Hair soundtrack, Billy Joel’s The Piano Man, and the Tommy soundtrack. The first two records I memorized immediately and understood reasonably well, despite political themes and drug references that stymied me. The Tommy soundtrack however, while probably my absolute favorite, remained elusive as far as plot went. Thus I lodged a beyond-annoying number of inquiries about the Tommy storyline to my siblings, who grew understandably weary.  “Why is he deaf, dumb and blind? He just is. That’s why. “ 

It was Ken Russell who put Elton John, Tina Turner, Jack Nicholson, and Eric Clapton in The Who’s groundbreaking musical and made it the surreal movie experience that many people have never forgotten. Many of today’s filmmakers who specialize in independent, avant-garde and horror cite Russell as a powerful influence. He leaves behind quite a legacy of thought-provoking cinema.

Next up, we have an obituary of sorts. For even though this person is very much alive and well, his decision to quit a certain job is being received as disastrous – even catastrophic – news by fans. Christian Bale has decided to hang up Batman’s cloak upon completion of this latest movie, The Dark Knight Rises – which opens in summer. Having bred new and wildly profitable life into the entire Batman franchise (along with a few People’s Choice Awards to boot), he’s saying goodbye. Now, this was something he’s hinted at, and director Christopher Nolan is also getting much of the credit for the BatHits, but the loss of Bale definitely changes everything. Or does it? Let’s see what you guys think…if Nolan – or somebody else – were to say okay, so let’s just carry on, would you still watch? Does Bale’s departure spell doom for Gotham City? And if not, do we need another reboot? Hmm. If they do go forward, is there an actor out there today who’d be right for the job? Let us know what you think.

Today’s poll:

Christian Bale is saying goodbye to Batman after The Dark Knight Rises. Which of these guys would be your favorite pick to wear the cape next?

1)   Hugh Jackman

2)   Jon Hamm

3)   Ryan Reynolds

4)   Jake Gyllenhaal

31 Responses

  1. souptik says:

    I would like to see hugh jackman as batman bcoz joseph levitt’s figure and heights are not suitable for playing the role of batman
    plz make hugh jackman the next batman …
    i know its a tough shedule for hugh as he is in the shouting of x-men wolverine but still i would like to see him as the next dark knight

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  3. Elias Mask says:

    Great post.Much thanks again. Awesome.

  4. Rage in the Bronx says:

    This should be called the BS AWARDS…the nominations are so lame!

  5. Matilda says:


  6. Marcus says:

    Jake Gyllenhaal

  7. charlie r. says:

    Hugh Jackman. He has the physical presence required and can perform all the right moves.

  8. Kim says:

    I think the guy who plays Neil on White Collar seen on the USA Network would be a perfect Batman!!!

  9. Courtney says:

    Sheldon Cooper.

  10. Aniza says:

    When i saw him in suits my first thought was that he would be perfect for Batman

  11. Aniza says:

    None in the list. He has to have a good jar :) i would pick Gabriel Macht from Suits

  12. mark says:

    Get unknowns for batman, his love interest, and the villians , but keep michael cain, gary oldman, morgan freeman, and the director Christopher Nolan. And Please DO NOT bring in a Robin or a Batgirl.

  13. Sue says:

    I think they should choose a new face like they cast for the remake Superman a couple of years ago.
    I recommend Cody Shiloh Brown (Winters Bone)

  14. teresaR says:

    I vote for Gerard Buttler

  15. ombm1 says:

    I like the suggestion of Johnny Depp, he’s excellent at dark characters and would fit the role of Bruce Wayne to the T. The other actors one the list, I just can’t take seriously as Batman. Christian Bale was an awesome Batman, up there with Michael Keaton. What about Colin Hanks? I’ve been watching him in Dexter and he’s playing this very dark character and would be excellent for Batman, just a little young though.

  16. alicia says:

    hugh jackman orussel crowe

  17. Chezza says:

    Justin Timberlake….. or The Mentalist, sorry I love hm and forgot his name!!!!

  18. sara says:

    An unknown with pretty lips.

  19. BadassBob says:

    me…because im a brilliant badass…

  20. Jean says:

    Need to get a unknown actor. They work best…Justin Timberlake would suck! Jackman will always be Wolverine! Ryan Reynolds Is the Green Lantern! and Jake is the prince of Persia and Jon Hamm would be the Best Out of the 4 above If picked from the list!But Usually UnKnowns work out the best!

  21. heather says:

    Alex O’Laughlin

  22. Talon says:

    I think Stephen Moyer from True Blood would be a very interesting choice.

  23. DestinysPirate says:

    How about Johnny Depp? He is an incredible actor, and lets face it he can make any character incredibly interesting…

  24. John Gocan says:

    Hugh Jackman of course…

  25. Steve says:

    Jim Caviezel………..

    None of the list above are qualified and Jackman is too busy.

    Timberlake would be like getting Val Kilmer again…..

  26. Jeanie says:

    I’m in agreement with Kate above with Justin Timberlake being Batman. He’s great. He’s come a long way from his days as being the cutesie little boy bander. I’ve grown to respect Justin over the years. However, if I were to choose from the list offered, I’d pick Ryan Reynolds. I think he, too, has the Keaton personality type. I think he’d make a great Batman.

  27. Kate says:

    Justin Timberlake!! He is the perfect choice . He is charismatic and suave, good-looking and he is a pretty decent actor. I think he has that Michael Keaton personality type and he is extremely relevant. I can visualize him in the Batman role try it…Yep it works!

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