REACHER Star Alan Ritchson Continues To Let It Be Known That He Wants To Play BATMAN In James Gunn's DCU

REACHER Star Alan Ritchson Continues To Let It Be Known That He Wants To Play BATMAN In James Gunn's DCU REACHER Star Alan Ritchson Continues To Let It Be Known That He Wants To Play BATMAN In James Gunn's DCU

Previous reports have confirmed that Robert Pattinson's Dark Knight won't be incorporated into the DCU so that leaves a sizable opening in The Brave and the Bold.

By MarkJulian - Apr 04, 2024 01:04 AM EST
Filed Under: Batman

Reacher star Alan Ritchson has previously indicated that he's down to portray Batman in James Gunn and Peter Safran's reboot of the DCU and nothing has changed.

In a new interview with THR, the Titans and Smallville actor stated, "I would love to play Batman. There, I said it. I'll shout it from the rooftops- I want to be Bruce Wayne! Here's the thing about Batman, [do] you know what his superpower is? Intelligence. He's the smartest superhero there is, he's inventive and has all the gadgets and stuff, but he's [just] super smart."

In a previous interview, Ritchson stated, "With all the rumors flying that I’m supposed to be playing Batman, how can I knock Batman? I would love to play Batman."

In response to fans who say Reacher is just Batman without the cape, he replied, "You know, [Batman without a cape] is a great analogy, actually. But I mean, Batman has got like a cave, and Reacher doesn’t even have a house. He’s got a toothbrush. So, I think Batman has got cool stuff. Dude is loaded and has caves, penthouses, and spotlights that call him. Batman’s cooler."

It might be a while before we have any Batman casting news as the DCU appears to be going Superman-heavy for its first two feature films. 

DC Studios co-chair James Gunn is currently filming Superman starring David Corsenwet which will also contain an appearance by Milly Alcock's Supergirl.

The second DCU film to have cameras role will be Alcock's Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow which is set to begin filming in Q4 2024.

Yesterday, Craig Gillespie emerged as the frontrunner to direct the pic.

However, Ritchson does fit the age (41) of what the DCU is likely looking for in its Caped Crusader. That's because this cinematic universe will feature the live-action debut of Damian Wayne, who's set to serve as the co-lead in The Brave and The Bold. 

Then there's also the recently announced Teen Titans movie, which is also said to focus on Damian. Damian is the fifth character to carry the Robin mantle so the DCU's Batman will need to be a seasoned vet who has been operating in Gotham long before Corsenwet's Man of Steel makes his presence known in 2025.

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NightEagle3 - 4/4/2024, 1:33 AM
AQUAMAN OR BUST!! Make it so!!
sully - 4/4/2024, 1:47 AM
@NightEagle3 - He's been there and done that already lol
Super12 - 4/4/2024, 4:27 AM
@NightEagle3 - It's funny how after Smallville he's legit still a perfect cast for Aquaman (or Hawkman)
r4dagast - 4/4/2024, 6:41 AM
@NightEagle3 - Now that he’s improved as an actor I’d love to see him take on Aquaman again, he’d be perfect for the short haired beard-less blonde classic look
jst5 - 4/4/2024, 6:24 PM
@NightEagle3 - He'd kill it as Shazam also.I've met Ritchson in person a few times...really good dude and I'd love to see him in a DC film...he's a massive DC fan....he has the Shazam look but I could see Aquaman also but dman his personality would fit Shazam perfect.
vectorsigma - 4/4/2024, 1:38 AM
This will be great cssting if it becomes true. He is at his peak career wise and will help promote this budding universe. And he is not new to these stuff.

Do it DC before Marvel snatches him from you as Cyclops
WruceBayne - 4/4/2024, 1:43 AM
@vectorsigma - I see him as more of a Havok than Cyclops.
vectorsigma - 4/4/2024, 2:46 AM
@WruceBayne - can be, but studios need to capitalize on his name right now. And Havok might not be the priority right now as Marvel needs to use the more popular characters first soon.
The1st - 4/4/2024, 11:29 AM
@vectorsigma - I mean he's got that BTAS build and chin...he's certainly be menacing with the cowl on. The first Bats to really do that actually. The rest were kinda just in the suit. His actually might just be spandex lol.

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jst5 - 4/4/2024, 6:25 PM
@vectorsigma - He's a massive DC fan also...and I'm not just talking the DC movies ...he's quoted story lines for the 90's comics etc...he's a massive fan.
vectorsigma - 4/4/2024, 8:55 PM
@jst5 - didnt know that! The only question now is his acting chops. Reacher has limited material for him to show it, just stoic and menacing
jst5 - 4/4/2024, 10:22 PM
@vectorsigma - He could pull off Shazam easily...not only from the looks side but look at his stuff as Thad Castle...he's made for the part of Shazam.
MotherFuckerJon - 4/4/2024, 2:42 AM
No thank you . His acting is too stiff, a cardboard cut out has more character than him.
DemonTweeks - 4/4/2024, 2:59 AM
@Mother[frick]erJon - agreed. would make a great Batman but not a great Bruce Wayne if that makes sense
DevilsDreams - 4/4/2024, 4:10 AM
@DemonTweeks - I'd still like to see Jensen Ackles in the role of Batman.
TruePunishment - 4/4/2024, 3:44 PM
@Mother[frick]erJon - the guy has a ton of range, I feel like people are only discovering him through Reacher, but he's great in everything he does. His comedic timing is fantastic.
UniqNo - 4/4/2024, 3:10 AM
He would be great, especially for the age they're looking for (I'm assuming). If Damien is around then he's already adopted a few Robins and a Batgirl or 2 and been through quite a few rogues. He's got that worn and weary look. Akin to Affleck when he was originally cast back in 2014. Just don't use a wig this time.
UniqNo - 4/4/2024, 3:20 AM
@UniqNo -I do worry though, with The Batman being pushed to 2026, the DCU's new iteration will need to give that some breathing space to not have conflicting interest.

So it will likely be about 8 to 14 months at least before they can get Brave and the Bold out there. So 2027? I'd imagine that is a good guess, but they'll definitely need to introduce him in a project before then to get the audience awareness, but by then Ritchson may be a bit too old to go into a hopeful multi picture deal/franchise...or maybe not...Marvel's new Mr Fantastic just hit 49, so anything is possible.
XtremeXFan - 4/4/2024, 3:19 AM
I would love to see him as Batman, going against an insanely suped up Bane, like the early Tom king run "I Am Bane" Arc.

DeadClunge - 4/4/2024, 3:39 AM
It really depends on the tone of Gunns universe. If the tone is anything like his previous movies then Alan could pull it off.
krayzeman - 4/4/2024, 10:37 AM
@AquaClunge - tone is overrated. tone is the reason why peole claim Marvel stuff is getting stale. Whatever the do with the movie just make it great and not fit a "tone." Its the same thing they do in the comics where the tones vary. Just so long as it takes place in the same universe.
DeadClunge - 4/4/2024, 11:14 AM
@krayzeman - very true but take Reeves Batamn universe for example, ALan sine have the chops to pull off Batamn in it.
Quinn - 4/4/2024, 4:10 AM
I'd do him but my Batman is Robert Pattinson <3
Super12 - 4/4/2024, 4:26 AM
He really would be a good pick for Bruce Wayne (if we could get his hair dyed jet black)
VISIONaryNPa1 - 4/4/2024, 4:37 AM
This or Aquaman tbf.
TheVisionary25 - 4/4/2024, 4:51 AM
I I think he somewhat fits the character but would need to see him in action to be sold completely.

As Reacher has shown , dude can portray the intelligence and has the physical presence for the role (even though I think he’s a bit too big)…

He can even do the charm of Bruce Wayne out in public but it’s the brooding private side that I’m unsure about.

Honestly I think he could make a better Wildcat (if they go younger) or Shazam if they recast Levi since pre-Reacher , dude was known for his comedic timing from Blue Mountain State and can play childlike well.

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TheVisionary25 - 4/4/2024, 4:53 AM
My choice for Bruce Wayne/Batman is Brandon Sklenar.


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Forthas - 4/4/2024, 4:54 AM
Not sure why anyone would think a hulked up Alan Ritchson would make a good Batman. Batman should look like an average person when he is Bruce Wayne. Alan Ritchson does not look like the average person. If anything he should play Solomon Grundy.
GhostDog - 4/4/2024, 5:48 AM
He’s way too stiff as an actor. Hawkman is a better fit.
TheVisionary25 - 4/4/2024, 6:08 AM
@GhostDog - I dig it!!.

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GhostDog - 4/4/2024, 9:03 AM
@TheVisionary25 - or better yet even Wildcat

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r4dagast - 4/4/2024, 6:39 AM
I’d think they’d want to cast someone closer to 30 in case this universe actually works out this time, otherwise what was the point of recasting cavil who was 40-41 as well? I’m assuming Damien will be around 10, putting bats around 20 when he knocked up Talia which is very believable
MuadDib - 4/4/2024, 6:50 AM
He can’t be Batman, he needs to be Shazam!

THEKENDOMAN - 4/4/2024, 7:26 AM
I love my boy Alan. Been following him since Smallville, and he is kicking ass on Reacher. However, he should not fall into this desperate seeking of attention for this role. How many actors campaign for a role as significant as this and get it? His agent should be doing the work behind the scenes and get the deal done and [frick]ing surprise us all.

And advise our boy to stop saying, “I want to play Batman”. For [frick]s sake, we would like to see you play Batman. But saying it once and letting your agent get it done is more than enough till it hopefully happens.
marvel72 - 4/4/2024, 9:26 AM
He would be great as the following heroes.

Captain America
BeNice123 - 4/4/2024, 11:53 AM
Yeah, not feeling him as batman.

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