With yet another Batman reboot on the horizon, we need a new Bruce Wayne to beat up on baddies and brood in a bat cave. We've had some good Batmen (Batmans?), and we've had some "Bad-mans", but this latest installation requires a new approach.
Matt Reeves, who brought us CGI Ape Glory in the last two Planet of the Apes movies, has been tapped as the next director for The Batman. He has made it clear that this will be a detective-y mystery-y take on DC's Dark Knight. While this focus is heavily prevalent in Batman comics and video games, film adaptations have leaned more into the BAM!s and KRAKOW!s of the Bat's daily super-routine. With a new style and new director, a different kind of caped crusader is required.
Despite your best intentions, you're now casting the next Batman in your head. Hundreds of names pass by, from the likes of Jon Hamm, to Rita Moreno, or maybe even Sinbad?? These are all great choices, and my respects go out to you. Still, something is off. Hear my pleas, countrypeople. Lend me your ears! The next Batman should be . . .
John David Washington.
Some may not know who the heck this guy is. The man has a mere eight acting credits on IMDb, and most of those didn't make the list before 2017. And yet, he soared in the last year to become one of the finest up-and-comers we have. He has managed to sneak into the spotlight with knockout performances in 2018's BlacKkKlansman and Monsters and Men. People might hate this choice for their own reasons, but this writer briefly contemplated a law degree while bingeing The Good Wife. So get ready for a thoughtful defense, suckas!
What makes a good Batman? Is it the masked vulnerability? An imposing physique? Prosthetic nipples? It's a tough question. Here before you, I will not simply cast Batman, but The Batman. Matt Reeves is coming in with a new take on Bruce Wayne, and the actor has to fit more precise bat-boots. Thankfully, Washington has every tool in his utility belt. Observe:
John David Washington would make a great Batman for a number of reasons, but he's honestly just a great actor with room to grow. The man is poised to take on just about anything coming his agent's way, and convincing him to take on a superhero role might be difficult. Still, it's worth considering, as playing the Batman looks to be the least damaging in terms of film careers (just look at Christian Bale, Michael Keaton's comeback, Clooney, and kinda Val Kilmer). I also have faith in Matt Reeves to construct a beautiful new Batman movie, so give it a shot, John! I humbly begin the campaign to make John David Washington the next Batman.
Joe Brueggemeyer hosts and edits The Marquee podcast with Logan, and has an unhealthy obsession with baking.