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‘Watchmen’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan Wanted For Batman Role?


In addition to the six short list of actors rumoured to be up for the role of an older Batman in Warner Bros. MAN OF STEEL sequel, a further few names are beginning to surface. 43 year-old Scottish heartthrob Gerard Butler, who previously worked with Zack Snyder on visionary ‘swords n’ sandals’ epic 300, is another name currently being touted around Tinseltown. However, more weight is being given to 47 year-old Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who played ‘The Comedian’ in Snyder’s acclaimed and vivid adaptation of Alan Moore’s WATCHMEN. There are rumours of a meeting with director Zack Snyder about the role of The Caped Crusader and his billionaire alter-ego Bruce Wayne.

It’s still very early days with Snyder admitting at San Diego Comic Con only weeks ago that the script, once again being penned by David S. Goyer, is still in the early stages. Again, it’s that WATCHMEN connection following Matthew Goode’s inclusion on that initial list of names that also consisted of Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Richard Amitage (THE HOBBIT), Joe Manganiello (TRUE BLOOD) and Max Martini (PACIFIC RIM). Still, Warner’s have the film penciled in for summer 2015, meaning production will begin in only a few months time!

Would Morgan or even Butler be your choice for The Dark Knight alongside Henry Cavill’s Kal-El? Do let us know your thoughts!

Source: Think McFly Think/LatinoReview

Craig was our great north east correspondent, proving that it’s so ‘grim up north’ that losing yourself in a world of film is a foregone prerequisite. He has been studying the best (and often worst) of both classic and modern cinema at the University of Life for as long as he can remember. Craig’s favorite films include THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, JFK, GOODFELLAS, SCARFACE, and most of John Carpenter’s early work, particularly THE THING and HALLOWEEN.



  1. Justin Scott

    Aug 7, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    I like JDM, but I’m not sure he would really make a good Batman.

  2. Mule

    Aug 7, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Jeffrey Dean Morgan has been touted about as a possibility to play so many characters in the DC Universe I’m not surprise he’s being considered for Batman. I think he would make a pretty decent Dark Knight Returns style version. My concern is that playing Batman might hinder the chances of him being roped into a Lobo film (which I think he should be a shoe-in for.)

  3. Mike Winmill

    Aug 7, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Jeffrey Dean Morgan would be a perfect casting call. He’s proven he can play someone rough and tough but also has charisma to play Bruce Wayne. Every other possible name I’ve seen brought up didn’t seem right. Morgan would be epic. If you don’t agree, go watch the beginning of Watchmen. Great Dark Knight Returns-esk casting option.

  4. CComry

    Aug 7, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I get a kick out of people saying, “He wouldn’t play a good Batman”. Who would play a good Batman? The great thing about the character is that he can be infinitely re-imagined. At the end of the day, however, Zack Snyder is just going to make another film where character development gets sidelined for overly long and impossibly noisy action scenes. So get anyone to play Batman, because I have no faith in MOS2.

    Batman deserves his own story, not to be a supporting character to Superman. Also, if they claim that they’re using The Dark Knight Returns as inspiration for their story, then they should stay true to that. TDKR is a Batman story, not Superman.

  5. Eldo

    Aug 7, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    + 1

  6. Brian Cheecher

    Aug 7, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I think… I would be happy if he DIDN’T get to play yet another ridiculous version of Batman. He would be a far better choice as a replacement to Downey in the role of Tony Stark, don’t you think? Don’t agree? Just Google his images, you will be able to see it clearly.

  7. mike_thoms

    Aug 7, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Yeah really like this a lot

  8. aprince66

    Aug 7, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I’m hoping it will be Jim Caveziel (sp?) personally, although Jeffrey Dean Morgan could pull it off nicely

  9. Brandon Anderson

    Aug 7, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Both are great choices, I’m a huge JD Morgan Fan, so I would be stoked as hell if you he landed such a huge role and he’ll be badass at it!

  10. JW

    Aug 7, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Why is WB/DC so determined to screw this up?! Who in their right mind wants to see a young Superman and an old Batman?!?! Are all the other members of the JL going to be as old, or will they be younger? How are you going to start a new Batman series with someone so old?

  11. Bradley Paul Valentine

    Aug 8, 2013 at 6:11 am

    You would have a point there if Zach Snyder hasn’t explicitly said already they’re not adapting that story. However it does look like they’re chasing the tone of Supes and Bats’ relationship in that story. I also would assume it is up in the air whether this really will be considered Man of Steel 2. I’m betting it won’t be and Bats will play a larger role than we’re being let on. Storywise that makes sense….assuming Bale doesn’t make an about face and say yes to this. I tthink Warner is leaking so many names to motivate him because why else would they share their wish list so early?

    I agree about JDF. He’d be great.

  12. Bradley Paul Valentine

    Aug 8, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Older is relative when your Supes is in his mid 20s. Bats will likely be the defacto JL leader, being bigger at box office, like how Iron Man is sorta the leader in Avengers for that reason.

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