Martial Artist Scott Adkins has confirmed he auditioned to be the new Batman.
Adkins is an English actor and martial artist trained in Tae Kwon Do and kick-boxing and a big fan of Bruce Lee.
Update: Back in August it was rumored that Scott Adkins had auditioned for the new Batman in Zack Snyder's Batman Vs. Superman, sequel to Man of Steel. Ben Affleck has been named to be the new Bruce Wayne/Batman.
Scott Adkins' response to the questioning in the following interview with Behind The Mask about auditioning for Batman is interesting as it seems to imply the audition may have featured martial arts. There is also the fact that he was asked to audition in the first place which may hint at the possibility. It could be that Snyder and company wanted to get an idea of some of the moves they may be incorporating for their Batman, as Adkins says he never expected to get the job.
That's an issue I had with the Nolan movies, and especially The Dark Knight Rises, and that was Batman didn't seem much of a martial artist, but basically just did kicks and punches. Obviously the suit Christian Bale wore may have had something to do with that, which could be another clue as to the suit Ben Affleck will be getting if the new Batman will be incorporating more martial arts moves into his repertoire.
Adkins offers the following:
They asked me to audition. Yeah. So I did. That's as far as it went. I know there was a big campaign on the internet, which was great for the free publicity, but I think that's because obviously Batman is a martial artist to such that's his super power. Isn't it? People are disappointed that he has not been shown off as the martial artist he should be. I guess I look like Bruce Wayne.
I wasn't crossing my fingers. I wasn't holding my breath. It was a great opportunity to audition and let some of those people up in the higher positions know who I am and look at me, but I never expected it to happen. But the whole thing on the internet...I'm flattered. Ben Affleck, I think is going to do an amazing job. I've always been a huge fan of his. Maybe when I've won an Oscar I'll get the kind of luck he's got, but it's not luck is it? He deserves it.
I was just happy to do it and enjoyed it to be honest, really enjoyed it - to play that character, even if it was for just a few seconds.
Scott Adkins can next be seen in the Legend Of Hercules which gets released on January 10th.
Check out the 16:00 mark in the video below for more about Scott Adkins talking Batman:
"Batman Vs. Superman" has a July 17, 2015 release directed by Zack Snyder starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot.
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