Batman is one of the most iconic characters in American history. Over the years, he’s been played by actors like Adam West, Michael Keaton, George Clooney, Christian Bale, and, most recently, Ben Affleck. But with rumors circulating about Affleck being recast as the Caped Crusader, everyone has been wondering the same thing: Who will be the next Batman after Ben Affleck?
Affleck starred as the Dark Knight in both Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, but with the so-so box office and middling reviews of the films, it looks like it’ll be back to the drawing board for the DC film universe.
Director Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes, Cloverfield) has been tasked with taking on The Batman, but it might not be with Affleck. While the news about Affleck leaving the cowl behind isn’t official, Variety recently reported that Warner Bros. is “not currently moving forward” with any new Batman or Superman movies with Affleck or Henry Cavill.
That obviously means some big changes for the hero, so we put out the question on our Instagram page about who you—the Men’s Journal readers—think should take over next as Batman. Some of these choices are admittedly funny and ridiculous and likely would never happen, but we wanted to honor the opinions of all you readers out there and feature them here on this list.
Here’s a look at who should be the next Batman, as voted on by Men’s Journal readers.