Despite the silly rumors of Christian Bale being offered $50 million to reprise the role of Batman, at this moment, there is no one officially signed on to wear the Batsuit. Fans have already begun speculating on who the next Caped Crusader could be, and there’s a great number of famous names to choose from. However, Nathan Fillion, one of the most beloved actors in modern geek culture has bowed out of the hunt, even though he was never contacted about
When asked by EW if he was up for playing The Dark Knight, Fillion joked that he might not up to the challenge. ““I wonder if my throat could take it,” he said, referencing the signature gravelly voice that was a hallmark of Bale’s portrayal. After that joke, he confessed that he didn’t think he was the best man for the job. “I think I’d make an excellent Bruce Wayne; I think I’d make a terrible Batman.”
Fillion is no stranger to the culture of the superhero, having voiced the Hal Jordan Green Lantern in three past animated features: Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Justice League: Doom, and the recently released Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. He also played The Holy Avenger in James Gunn’s SUPER.
Fillion also had some cautionary words for over-zealous fans regarding their “campaigning” for certain actors to play their favorite heroes.
“If you wanted to see a particular person as Batman, I think one of the worst things you could do is shove it down someone’s throat as far as the new director of Batman or the new producers of Batman…Probably the worst thing you could do if there’s someone you want to be Batman is sort of rally.”
He’s not wrong. We fans can get very carried away with our beloved properties and if we make too much noise about our own ideas about how some actor would be great for a part, the people actually making the movie could resent that.
I also have to agree with Nathan on the Batman issue. As much as I love the guy, I don’t think that he’d be the best choice to play Batman. The fact that he was humble enough to admit that made me respect him even more. I always said that he should have played the Green Lantern instead of Ryan Reynolds, but it might be a bit too late to do that.
What do you think about Nathan Fillion not playing Batman? Do you think that he’s right? What do you think about what he had to say about “fan casting?” Why don’t you just tell us what you think in the comments below?