Who could play the next Batman?
We pick some contenders to fill the boots of 'The Dark Knight Rises'' Christian Bale
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You know him from: The 700 movies he starred in this year, including "Drive" and "The Ides of March."
Why he'd be good: "Brooding" is probably one of the first adjectives that come to mind when describing the frowny thespian, and he got into some pretty physical scrapes in "Drive." He could also relish the thought of playing the shadowy Batman as well as the spoiled Bruce Wayne.
On second thought: Besides "The Notebook" and "Crazy Stupid Love," he's shown little interest in mainstream studio films. The upcoming "Gangster Squad," alongside Emma Stone, Sean Penn and Josh Brolin, could indicate more of a willingness to lean toward bigger, more commercial fare.