My Pick for an Older Actor to Play Batman

Now that news is confirmed that the sequel to Man of Steel will be the ultimate superhero mash-up Batman vs. Superman, the rumor mill is in full force about who will play the Dark Knight alongside Henry Cavill's return as the Last Son of Krypton. Causing an even bigger stir is the speculation that director Zack Snyder is allegedly seeking an "older actor" to play the part of the Caped Crusader.  Josh Brolin apparently is the current frontrunner for the part, but anything can happen.  Might I recommend Michael Keaton?

They're likely looking for someone who is in his 40s so the idea of "older" might be in the eye of the beholder (or the casting director), but it would be great to see Keaton don the cowl again.  When he was first cast in Tim Burton's Batman saga, fans cried foul, picturing him only from his comedic roles and not wanting the darker version of their comic book hero to be a campy Mr. Mom joke. Keaton proved the doubters wrong, doing a fine job in 1989's Batman and 1992's Batman Returns. The series took a critical downturn when Val Kilmer and George Clooney stepped into the rubber suit, until finally Christian Bale became the avenging bat in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. Many fans still view Keaton's performance as one of the best, and it would be fitting to see him have one more chance to play the role. 

I believe Keaton is 62 years old, so that might be too old for the kind of "older actor" the filmmakers are seeking. (Sean Connery was in his 50s when he returned as James Bond in Never Say Never Again.) It still pleases me to see them searching for a more mature actor instead of the recent trend of twenty-something "boy toys" that have tried to pass for action stars. 


And if they actually are looking for truly older actors, Adam West at 85 years young still has the chops to deliver a great performance, maybe not as Batman, but certainly as a supporting character.  To the batmobile!

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