Catwoman is my favorite superhero (or villain, depending on how you see her), but Batman is a close second. Before Marvel, DC Comics was the premier comic book empire, producing the ever-compelling Superman comics. When Marvel entered the scene, the came out with less “All American” and boy scout-y characters, embracing the more dark and twisted side to heroism. We saw pain and personal motives in the Marvel characters, and we liked it. In order to stay competitive, DC had to come up with something good, and they created arguably the most complex, morally ambiguous, human character ever to grace comic book pages: BATMAN. Batman is haunted by the tragic deaths of his parents, and even as he makes the world a better place, he cannot help but be wounded by his past. Batman is emotionally and physically human: he has no superpowers, just super smarts.
A lot of people are pretty ticked off that Warner Bros. has cast Ben Affleck as Batman in the next Superman movie because they feel that Affleck is too one-dimensional, that he isn’t dark and broody enough. We want to hear from BUST readers who you think would be the perfect actor to play the next Batman. Here are some possibilities, compiled by us BUSTies (and my fiance and total Batman expert, Tim Kail):
1. Jon Hamm Anyone who has seen Mad Men will know that this guy has got dark and brooding down. His character, Don Draper, can often be caught staring into a glass of bourbon, mourning over his past. Draper is a womanizer who never truly means to hurt anyone, and he can’t help himself from self-destructing. Talk about complex! The flawed decision making and inherent goodness of Draper would totally translate into an awesome Batman.
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Who would you like to see as Batman? Add your own pick in the comments section!
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