Here's An Idea: Scott Adkins As Batman

Ben Umstead, East Coast Editor
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.     
Around the Internet:
  • disqus_9s8hcOnHrn

    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

  • MKBAT

    Scott adkins for batman. sign up people. http://www.change.org/petition...

  • Joerg Nezmeskal

    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 haven´t seen Van Damme in this role back in the Burton days?

  • krakar

    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.

  • Cape Crusader

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

    Scott Adkins for Batman

  • Sunwukong88

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

  • Faisal Hashmi

    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. :)

  • Cedric Chou Ya-Li

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

  • Jeremy Couturier

    You're crazy man, but i like you.

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

  • ShadowInc

    Hmmm. Maybe.

  • $tuntman Mike

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

  • Irons

    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.

  • evanphilly

    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...

  • SuperSqueak

    If only we could share this paragraph with everyone.

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