5 actors who could replace Ben Affleck as Batman in the DC Universe

Ben Affleck (Batman / Bruce Wayne) in Zack Snyder's Justice League. Photograph by Courtesy of HBO Max
Ben Affleck (Batman / Bruce Wayne) in Zack Snyder's Justice League. Photograph by Courtesy of HBO Max /
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NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – AUGUST 28: Dylan O’Brien attends the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images) /

4. Dylan O’Brien

For years this man has been fan cast in the role of Nightwing, but he’s aged out. Now it’s time to put his name in running for the role of the Dark Knight. That’s right, the Maze Runner star Dylan O’Brien.

First of all, let’s talk about O’Brien’s acting chops. He’s a versatile actor who’s proven himself in a variety of roles, from the action-packed Maze Runner franchise to the romantic drama Love and Monsters. He’s got the range to handle the complexity of Bruce Wayne, from the suave billionaire playboy to the brooding and tortured hero.

But it’s not just about his acting ability – O’Brien has the looks and the physicality to embody the role of Batman. He’s got sharp features, piercing blue eyes, and a strong jawline that makes him a dead ringer for the Caped Crusader. Plus, he’s already shown that he’s capable of handling intense physical stunts and fight scenes in his previous roles. Just see him in American Assassin.

But what really sets O’Brien apart as a potential Batman is his relatability. While Bruce Wayne may be a billionaire playboy by day and a masked vigilante by night, at his core he’s a human being with very real emotions and struggles. O’Brien has a way of bringing a sense of vulnerability and authenticity to his roles that we think would be perfect for capturing the essence of Bruce Wayne.