James Gunn Says A New Actor Will Suit Up As The New DCU Batman, Not George Clooney

Rumors spread like wildfire over social media, especially when it comes to superhero movies. In the case of James Gunn’s new DCU, which will get a kickstart with the release of The Flash movie trailer tonight, the rumors just don’t seem to end. I go away for a couple of days to unplug, and during that brief time, people got it in their heads that George Clooney was coming back as Batman? Huh? Where’d that come from?

Basically, a rumor surfaced that The Flash was undergoing one more reshoot that would remove an end-credits scene with Ben Affleck’s Batman and would instead feature a classic Batman actor in the role. No, not Michael Keaton. His version of Batman is already in the film. So that would leave Christian Bale, Val Kilmer, and George Clooney, with fans settling on it being Clooney for whatever reason.

Well, as he’s wont to do, James Gunn responded to these rumors on Twitter. And in short order he debunked the Clooney theory, while confirming something else. The DCU version of Batman, that we will see raising Damian Wayne in The Brave & the Bold, will be played by a new actor…

Two answers, four words. There are four DC films releasing this year before Gunn’s vision begins to take shape, but I think it’s clear that everything happening right now does matter and is worth paying attention to.

Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.