Who will play Batman in The Brave and the Bold?

Cameron Frew
Batman and Robin in the comics and Ben Affleck as Batman

A new Batman and Robin movie, The Brave and the Bold, is coming to the DC Universe – but who will play the Caped Crusader?

After months of uncertainty and speculation, James Gunn and Peter Safran have unveiled the first 10 projects in their rebooted DC Studios slate.

There’s a lot to consider – a new Superman movie, a Green Lanterns series, a Supergirl film – but many fans will be curious about one title in particular: The Brave and the Bold.

The forthcoming flick will revolve around Batman and Robin, as well as other members of the Bat-family. So, which actor can we expect to play Batman?

Who will play Batman in The Brave in The Brave and the Bold?

No official casting has been announced for The Brave and the Bold, so we don’t know who will play Batman right now. We’ll update this space when DC Studios makes an announcement.

It’s worth noting that several actors have recently portrayed the Dark Knight on screen. There’s The Batman’s Robert Pattinson, who is already slated to return in The Batman Part II. However, that film (like Joker: Folie à Deux) takes place outside the franchise’s core canon under the “DC Elseworlds” umbrella.

Michael Keaton also reprised his most iconic role in 2023’s The Flash. That said, Keaton’s portrayal of Batman in The Flash is seemingly a one-time gig, and he isn’t expected to suit up again in future DC Universe projects, including Brave and the Bold.

George Clooney also makes a brief cameo as Batman’s alter-ego Bruce Wayne in The Flash, as a callback to his infamous turn as the Caped Crusader in 1997’s Batman & Robin. However, the Hollywood A-lister recently ruled himself out of the running for the Brave and the Bold, declaring he was “absolutely not” in talks to play the DC Universe’s Batman.

Then there’s Ben Affleck. Affleck made his debut as Batman in Batman v Superman, and later appeared in Suicide Squad, both versions of Justice League, and The Flash. There are rumors he’ll also appear in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom – set after The Flash’s DC reset – but these remain unconfirmed.

Will the Brave and the Bold introduce a new Bat-actor?

Per Comic Book, Gunn described The Brave and the Bold as “the introduction of the DCU’s Batman”, so it’s likely we’ll see a new actor in the role.

“This is the story of Damian Wayne, who is Batman’s actual son who we didn’t know existed for the first eight to 10 years of his life,” he explained.

“He was raised as a little murderer and assassin. He’s a little son of a bitch. He’s my favorite Robin. It’s based on the Grant Morrison comic book’s run, which is one of my favorite Batman runs, and we are putting that all together right now.”

Safran added: “And this is obviously a feature film, and it’s going to feature other members of the extended Bat-family, just because we feel like they’ve been left out of the Batman stories in the theater for far too long.”

That’s everything we know about who will play Batman in the Brave and the Bold. You can find out more about the new DC Universe slate here.

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Cameron is Deputy TV and Movies Editor at Dexerto. He's an action movie aficionado, '80s obsessive, and Oscars enthusiast. He loves Invincible, but he's also a fan of The Boys, the MCU, The Chosen, and much more. You can contact him at cameron.frew@dexerto.com.