As soon as Ben Affleck announced he would not reprise his role as Batman in Matt Reeves' long-awaited The Batman, rumors about who could take over quickly surfaced online. Speculation over who would be the next Dark Knight threw around names like Armie Hammer, Jake Gyllenhaal and John Hamm as possible contenders. Avengers: Endgame star Chris Pratt was surprised to find out that his name has been floated for the role.
In an interview with MTV News, Pratt was genuinely surprised to find that Irish bookmakers had him at 16-to-1 odds to be cast as the character. "Wow, I didn't know that," The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part actor said. He suggested they bet enough money to "do a boondoggle Batman that just gets 0% on Rotten Tomatoes," but said that he would love to portray Bruce Wayne and his grim alter ego.
When asked about Hammer and Gyllenhaal, who apparently have better odds at being cast, Pratt said, "I could see that. I don't know what you do now, because it's like, there's been so many iterations of it." He joked about the tone he would need to use as Batman, a technique first introduced by voice actor Kevin Conroy in Batman: The Animated Series, and attempted to find his own gravelly voice.
With Pratt's role as Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 on hold due to the controversy behind the firing of director James Gunn, it would be interesting to see Chris Pratt join the assembly of actors who have portrayed the famous DC Comics character on screen.
Directed by Mike Mitchell, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part reunites Chris Pratt as Emmet, Elizabeth Banks as Lucy (aka Wyldstyle), Will Arnett as Batman, Nick Offerman as Metal Beard and Alison Brie as Unikitty. They're joined by Tiffany Haddish as Queen Watevra Wa-Nab, Stephanie Beatriz as Sweet Mayhem and Arturo Castro as Ice Cream Cone. The film is out in theaters now.