With the completion of most of the principal and pickup filming for the second and third films in The Hobbit triology of films, many of British actor Richard Armitage’s admirers/fans have wondered what his next role might be. Naturally, we hope that it will be a role to challenge and engage Richard Armitage’s intense acting and masterful storytelling gifts. And we are eager to immerse ourselves in the stories that he shares with us via his acting.
Richard Armitage (right, as John Porter in 2010’s StrikeBack) is that rare actor who displaces himself to become a wholly new persona for each role he creates. His character portrayals are not only transformative–in that each role is enhanced by RA’s unique gifts–but these character portrayals are also transcendent. Transcendent in that as we experience the life of Richard Armitage’s roles, not only are we spellbound by his compelling character portrayals, but he illuminates and informs the human psyche with all of its attendant hopes and dreams, despairs and failings, etc.
Though Richard Armitage admirers–myself included–might like to see him in a charming romantic comedy again at some point as a counterpoint to all of his action adventure hero roles, we also know that with his searingly regal and fierce portrayal of Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit trilogy of films, he belongs to the world’s artistic stage now. And we hope for other prestigious and well received film projects to come his way.
One such film project might be the reboot of the Batman film legend and series via a Batman-Superman superhero film project–with Henry Cavil returning as Superman. Richard Armitage’s name seems to be on a short list of more recent articles about who might carry the mantle of Batman forward from these US and UK sources:
And I will admit that my interest is piqued now. Both Richard Armitage’s recent role of Thorin Oakenshield (right) and the potential role of Bruce Wayne as Batman have tragic pasts that they must overcome to work toward the greater good. Both men are tormented by their families being murdered. And Both men feel that their purpose overshadows their own right to happiness. Richard Armitage has embued his portrayal of Thorin Oakenshield with a gravitas born of Thorin’s heritage, yet a soul that yearns to be made whole again. Might the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne allow Richard Armitage the opportunity to further mine the depths of one man’s psyche in his relentless pursuit of a sometimes illusory goal? That of a perfect world where good triumphs over evil and where the weak are not exploited for power and profit?
So, with all of the discussion buzz on the net and especially on Twitter swirling around Richard Armitage as a potential actor to portray Batman in the new Superman-Batman pairing, I couldn’t resist making a Richard Armitage Batman Signature:
Here is the poem text that I wrote to accompany the images:
In the dark of night, the defender of the people brings hope for a better future.
In the light of day, the man within lives in the shadows of his tragic past.
Honor is his cloak. Right is his creed.
Evil will not flourish. Justice will prevail.
Death could not keep him from his purpose.
Batman Rises Again
Another blogger, Jas Rangoon, had a July 25th essay about the Batman role, and there may be other bloggers who have also weighed in. I will link them in the comments section as I become aware of them. Or those bloggers may share their essay link directly in a comment.
So, Holy Dark Knight, Ladies (and Gents), what is your take on how Richard Armitage and the Batman franchise might fare if they partnered up to fight crime together?
Update: August 23, 2013
By now, everyone has heard that Ben Affleck has been chosen by Warner Brothers to be the next Batman:
Relief, excitement, confusion, trepidation? Ha!
In my humble view about the pre–announcement hype touting Richard Armitage as a potential contender for the Batman role, anything that gets Richard Armitage’s name out there to a wider audience and movie studio decision makers exposure–even “not” getting a role–is a good thing as he positions himself for his next role. An E News article touts Richard Armitage as a better choice than Ben Affleck. And E News is a big media outlet!
P.S. Thanks to Kathleen for the E News article link!