Speculation has long run that Matt Reeves’ still in development “The Batman” will recast the role with current big screen Ben Affleck departing. Affleck’s recent visit to rehab, and the likely insurance premium hike that comes with that, makes his return even less likely.
So far Jake Gyllenhaal and Jack Huston’s names have been rumored as his potential successor, and now one more is alleged to be in the mix – “Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington. With the HBO series having wrapped production, Harington is now free to move onto other projects full time (and cut his hair).
Revenge of the Fans, the outlet which helped break the story on the extensive “Justice League” reshoots, reports today that in June this year Warner Bros. Pictures created a digital mock-up of Harington in costume as Batman (NOT pictured above) suggesting they were considering the actor. It’s unclear if anything came from that development, but it would confirm other reports that the film will potentially go younger than expected with a Batman in his late twenties/early 30s – Harington is 31 while Huston is 35 and Gyllenhaal 37.
They’re also seemingly aiming for average height between 5’8-6 foot as opposed to the larger 6’2 Affleck. Harington himself has previously said he’d love to portray Batman, but would like it to be a bit more ‘silly’ than the “dark and serious” Batman we’ve seen in recent years. The report says Harington was one of two actors that the studio wanted mock-ups made of, the other they don’t name but is said to be “far closer to the Affleck mold than any of these other names” and they believe that person could be the front runner.
Harington and superhero talk is also making headlines today at the Toronto International Film Festival. Promoting his role in Xavier Dolan’s “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” alongside Dolan himself and actress Thandie Newton in a Variety interview, talk turned towards the treatment of masculinity and homosexuality in Hollywood and specifically in superhero films. Harington says:
“There’s a big problem with masculinity and homosexuality that they can’t somehow go hand in hand. That we can’t have someone in a Marvel movie who’s gay in real life and plays some superhero. I mean, when is that going to happen?”
Dolan added that even when gay actors are hired on higher-profile films, the casting is often criticized for actors being either ‘too gay’ or ‘not gay enough’. Their complaint is somewhat valid – the Disney Marvel Studios films have yet to have a gay character on screen, and none of its lead stars are LGBT. Out LGBT actors like Ian McKellen, Ellen Page, Alan Cumming and Tessa Thompson, however, have had major supporting roles in Marvel films.
“The Batman” is expected to begin filming in 2019.