While there may not be new releases in theaters this weekend, that doesn't mean that it hasn't been an exciting one for cinephiles-- in particular DC fans. Warner Bros. revealed some of its future plans for the DC Universe, including footage of Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), James Gunn's increased involvement in The Suicide Squad, as well as updates from Matt Reeves' The Batman. The latter revealed that Ben Affleck won't be playing the Caped Crusader, with a younger version of Bruce Wayne occupying the upcoming solo movie.
Now the question is: who will end up being DC's next Batman? There's already been plenty of names thrown out there, including Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael B. Jordan, and now actor/singer Nick Jonas is making his interest known. A recent Instagram post asked users to suggest future Batman actors, and Jonas himself commented, saying:
This comment, which appears on the Hypebeast Instagram page shows that Nick Jonas is hoping to get people talking about his playing Bruce Wayne. With The Batman focusing on a younger version of the iconic vigilante, Matt Reeves will need to find a young and athletic actor who could take on the cape and cowl.
Nick Jonas has been working on his acting career throughout the last few years, in addition to staying relevant as a recording artist. On TV he was seen in both Scream Queens and Kingdom, the latter of which requiring him to sculpt his body as a boxer. And on the silver screen, he was recently scene in an adventure of his own in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which was a major box office performer when it arrived last year. Plus, Nick Jonas already expressed his interest in being DC's Nightwing.
If Matt Reeves was looking for an actor in his mid/late 20's to play Batman, there are certainly worse choices than Nick Jonas. Although, he'll certainly be in stark juxtaposition to the hulking physical presence of Ben Affleck's version. Nick Jonas stands at 5'6, while his predecessor is 6'4, and put on a ton of muscle while playing the Dark Knight.
The Batman will reportedly focus on the detective side of the beloved hero's work as a vigilante. While he's the World's Greatest Detective, Batman's appearance on the silver screen are usually more focused on action and adventure. As such, we haven't seen Bruce Wayne apply those wonderful toys for the purpose of stealth and intel gathering.
The upcoming solo movie will also feature a Rogue's Gallery of iconic Batman villains, which is enough to get any self-respecting fan almost salivating with excitement. This will likely include The Penguin, with Josh Gad currently hoping to play the role occupied by Danny DeVito in Batman Returns.
The Batman is currently slated to arrive in theaters on June 25th 2021. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
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Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.