Dark Gilligan wrote:
No one immediately comes to mind for the reboot, but three requisites stand out:
1. He should be under 30.
2. He should have the acting chops to convincingly play the emotionally-scarred vigilante as well as the bored playboy.
3. He should be strong enough to carry his own films (as Batman) but wise enough as an actor to scale it back and be an effective part of an ensemble (Justice League).
So, your first requisite would have eliminated Christian Bale before he started shooting Batman Begins, alongside Michael Keaton before Batman and pretty much every other actor who's ever played Batman.
And incidentally, it also eliminates Joseph Gordon-Levitt now, in case anyone's been wondering, as well as the majority of actors mentioned in this thread, with the exception of Arnie Hammer and... Taylor Lautner.
But whether or not you agree with Dark Gilligan
, he's entitled to his view of how the reboot should take shape and what the actors in it should be like. We had 30 something actors playing the lead in every other Batman movie - maybe it is time for a younger actor. What would be wrong with casting it in such a way as to distinguish it from the other movies?
As it happens, I'd be content to cast an actor who can pass for younger (in Begins Bale was 31 playing Bruce Wayne at varied ages between his teens and 30), but I'd have to reluctantly agree that having a Batman aged 30 at the start
of his career was perhaps a questionable decision - bearing in mind that that's an age where many athletes and sportspeople are viewed as having their best days behind them.