Richard Armitage, known for his roles in The Hobbit and Hannibal, was once considered for the role of Batman in the DCEU. In an interview with Digital Spy, Armitage revealed that after his performances in The Hobbit, he auditioned for the role of the caped crusader, going through what he called “quite a process” with five or six other actors vying for the part.
This would have been Armitage’s first encounter with the DC Universe but not his first with comic books. Armitage played Hydra assassin Heinz Kruger in Captain America: The First Avenger as well as being the voice of X-Men’s Wolverine in Marvel’s scripted podcast, Wolverine: The Long Night. He also maintains the fascination with the genre and with Batman in particular, “The sort of darker side of a man, and the desire to right some wrongs,” he said in the interview with Digital Spy, “I think it’s really interesting, that character Bruce Wayne.”
But perhaps all hope is not lost for Armitage’s dream of playing the Dark Knight. With the constant rumors surrounding Ben Affleck abdicating the role, there may just be a chance of a new face under the cowl. When DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns announced that he was stepping down, he mentioned that they would be rebooting Batman “likely with a new actor,” according to Deadline. However, writer and director Matt Reeves’ new screenplay is said to focus on a younger Batman, according to The Hollywood Reporter. While just a rumor, this doesn’t bode well for Armitage’s chances at the role considering he is full year older than Affleck.