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The Batman: 6 Actors Who Could Play “Year One” Bruce Wayne

If Affleck's out, who's in?

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We’ve had almost two years of rumours, speculation, hearsay, whispers, and scuttlebutt, and still Ben Affleck remains attached to Matt Reeves’ The Batman, but that might soon be about to change.

We’ve been hearing for some time about Affleck departing the project and Reeves wanting his own man in, with Jake Gyllenhaal the hot favourite for a while now. However, the latest rumour suggests he’ll also be out of the running, with new reports that Reeves is looking to adapt Frank Miller comic storyline Year One for his movie, which means once again seeing the origins of a younger Bruce Wayne.

The report notes that they’re looking for an actor around 25-30-years-old for the part, which rules out not only Gyllenhaal (who, despite his good looks, probably can’t pass for 30 or under) but a number of the other best Bat-contenders, and definitely means no Jon Hamm (although he'd still be a great fit for Harvey Dent).

Thankfully, though, there are still a few good options for Reeves to consider as he looks for a new lead to put on the cape and cowl, with the right age and credentials to take on the part.

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