6 actors who should replace Ben Affleck as the new Batman

Rumor has it DC could be looking to recast Ben Affleck with an older actor, and we have some thoughts on who DC should consider for the role.

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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Karl Urban
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Karl Urban

Perhaps an obvious choice, but it's obvious for a reason and that reason is because Karl Urban would absolutely make an amazing Batman.

As we've seen in The Boys, Urban has more than mastered the brooding intensity that goes hand-in-hand with Batman. Similar to Batman, Billy Butcher is a character who is torn between vengeance and justice and we've seen Urban capture that struggle brilliantly. There is no doubt he'd bring that same layered complexity to Batman who honestly shares some strong similarities with Batman,

Both Billy and Batman color outside the lines with their unique brands of vigilantism. They're both humans who don't possess superhuman abilities, but use their combat skills, brilliant tactical minds, and willingness to go to extreme lengths to achieve their goals. These are also two characters who each struggle with inner demons while striving to protect the innocent and uphold their personal code of ethics.

Urban's track record of bringing depth, intensity, and physicality to his roles makes him a compelling choice to take on the mantle of Gotham's Dark Knight. There is no doubt in my mind that he'd be able to capture the two sides of Batman diving into the psyche of Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter ego, Batman, to bring a captivating interpretation to the Dark Knight.