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This Is Who Gary Oldman Thinks Should Be Batman

Esquire (UK) logo Esquire (UK) 12/01/2018 The Editors

Gary Oldman, a cast member in "Robocop," poses at the premiere of the film on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Gary Oldman, a cast member in "Robocop," poses at the premiere of the film on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Ben Affleck’s stint as the Dark Knight hasn’t exactly gone to plan. Following two critically-slammed Justice League movies, rumours abound that he’s going to hand in his cowl.

Brother Casey Affleck told WEEI Sports that, "He’s not going to do that movie, I don’t think. Or so I would say," and Matt Reeves, director of the upcoming standalone Batman outing, is reportedly looking for replacements.

This Is Who Gary Oldman Thinks Should Replace Ben Affleck As Batman © Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved This Is Who Gary Oldman Thinks Should Replace Ben Affleck As Batman And if he needs some help in that task, who better than Commissioner Gordan AKA Gary Oldman? The recent Golden Globe winner opened up about which actor he thinks should become the Caped Crusader ­– and it’s a not a bad choice.

In an interview with TooFab, Oldman said: “I would like to see someone like Joaquin Phoenix play it. This is no disrespect to Ben Affleck. I think it really depends on who is at the wheel that lifts it.” 

Actor Joaquin Phoenix poses for photographers upon arrival at the screening of the film You Were Never Really Here at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) © The Associated Press Actor Joaquin Phoenix poses for photographers upon arrival at the screening of the film You Were Never Really Here at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) Pheonix was linked to the role way back in 1999, when Darren Aronofsky was approached to adapt the iconic graphic novel 'Year One'.

“I always wanted Joaquin Phoenix for Batman but Warners torpedoed the idea of his R-rated superhero film and instead focused on Nolan‘s Dark Knight saga," said Aronofsky.

Perhaps the right move in retrospect, but Phoenix might just get a second chance. Other names in the mix are Mad Men star Jon Hamm and Jake Gyllenhaal.

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