Here's An Idea: Scott Adkins As Batman

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Here's An Idea: Scott Adkins As Batman
What's been gaining momentum as both a fan campaign and a mighty, meaty industry rumor -- to the point of being indistinguishable from each other -- the notion of casting Scott Adkins, martial artist and star of Undisputed III and Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning, as the Caped Crusader looks to be turning a corner. Yesterday, the following tweet on Adkins' Twitter was promptly sent out and then deleted:

Some BIG news fans!! Warner Brothers have approached Scott Adkins to audition to be the new BATMAN & he has...

The deletion is certainly cause to raise an eyebrow, but let's not jump to any conclusions just yet. Certainly, if Warner Bros. wants to get their Batman vs. Superman movie out in 2015, that means Batman casting is already well underway and will no doubt be announced by the end of the year, at the latest. It's just not something they're gonna be able to keep under wraps once the cowl has been donned, so...

As to Adkins auditioning: Auditions are still anybody's bag, but as someone who has had very limited exposure to the man, I can say Adkins is an intriguing choice. Physically he's in the ballpark, and really who wouldn't want to see an actual martial artist in the role of the Dark Knight? It's been said WB/DC wants to skew a little older with this version, and so while the 37-year old Adkins is young by most standards, 37 is most certainly older in Hollywood. Also, Adkins is not an A-list star, and thus would come with a cheaper price tag, which has been a very tantalizing point for the studios in casting and negotiating many of these super hero flicks.

As it is, Adkins was considerably tormented in that UniSol flick. No doubt he's got a steely charisma, a shadow side and a hard presence to make those pesky criminals shake in their boots at the site of a man in a batsuit. So yeah, in my book, WB/DC could do a lot worse than Scott Adkins as Batman. Plus, there's the fact that he's British, and as we all know, all of the American super heroes must now be played by Brits.

Now please remember, despite the tweet, this should all still be taken with more than just a grain of salt.     
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IronsAugust 10, 2013 12:24 PM

I like Adkins, but I wouldn't call him charismatic. In fact, I think that's what preventing him from really breaking out : he's got a lot (good looks, impressive physicality, awesome martial arts proficiency), but not that movie star sparkle.

evanphillyAugust 10, 2013 1:34 PM

The lack of charisma would be pretty good for Batman himself. Its the Bruce Wayne persona that would need a touch of it. And being in a Batman/Superman movie, it will be interesting to see how much screen time is actually given to Bruce Wayne (and even Clark Kent). Personally, I would rather see a lesser known actor in the role (such as Adkins) over the likes of Brolin, Gosling, etc...

$tuntman MikeAugust 10, 2013 4:05 PM

This movie will be even more epic if he gets the role!!

ShadowIncAugust 10, 2013 4:52 PM

Hmmm. Maybe.

Jeremy CouturierAugust 10, 2013 6:02 PM

You're crazy man, but i like you.

Not but seriously that would incredible, and yet another Brit playing Bats.

SuperSqueakAugust 10, 2013 10:45 PM

If only we could share this paragraph with everyone.

Cedric Chou Ya-LiAugust 10, 2013 11:40 PM

My vote goes to Nathan Fillion... What? Nobody asked me? Oh well, I guess I'll just shut it then.

Faisal HashmiAugust 11, 2013 1:12 AM

I like this guy. But, I would prefer Josh Brolin or Joe Manganiello over him. Moreover, Manganiello has missed the role of Superman for Man of Steel. So, I think WB will consider him once again for Batman. :)

Sunwukong88August 11, 2013 2:13 AM

'What are you?'
'I'm Boyka'

Cape CrusaderAugust 11, 2013 11:02 AM

Scott Adkins for Batman

krakarAugust 11, 2013 11:33 PM

No way. Batman needs to be played by somebody who can portray a suave billionaire. And somebody who can look intelligent, like really intelligent. It has to be a real actor with a real presence. Adkins would look ridiculous the moment he stopped doing his flipping kicks. He would just get tangled up in the cape doing those fancy moves anyway.

Joerg NezmeskalAugust 13, 2013 2:02 AM

Ha ha, love that sarcasm by the writer and in the comments. The B-list black hole of charisma (just watch Ninja or Gringo) dropkicking his way to a major blockbuster as "the Batman". Wonder why we havenĀ“t seen Van Damme in this role back in the Burton days?

MKBATAugust 19, 2013 10:27 PM

Scott adkins for batman. sign up people.

disqus_9s8hcOnHrnAugust 22, 2013 12:47 PM

This guy deserves this role. Im sure that im setting myself up for disappointment as WB will unveil some lame pencil neck overly exposed, stiff, typical girly studio darling of the moment pretty boy (Gosling? Goode? Hoechlin? what is this Tiger Beat? You minus well enilst Beiber or One Direction!) as our Dark Knight but one can hope that they will surprise us :/ #AdkinsForBatman