One of the most overlooked actors for the role of Batman in the Batman/Superman chase is Jim Caviezel. Although Warner may consider Jim to be slightly on the older side, he is a great actor and will be capable of being the type of Bruce Wayne that can guide this new Superman into becoming the hero he should be. How is a young-looking pretty-boy Batman going to be able to guide Superman, when he has not garnered the experience in his own right? Jim’s age may actually work to his advantage in this one. If you have problems with his slight greys reminding you of George Clooney Batman, it’s nothing a little hair dye can’t fix.
Jim is indeed a Person of Interest. He should not be overlooked and his current ongoing series proves this. Person of Interest is created by none other than Jonathan Nolan, the brother of the man who revolutionised the Batman franchise Christopher Nolan. The series follows two main characters, Finch (Michael Emerson) and Reese (Jim Caviezel), as they attempt to rid the city of future crimes, police corruption and the mob. Stop me if this story sounds familiar. Reese prefers not to kill people for reasons which are made known until later in the series. He is exceptionally skilled in close hand-to-hand combat. Michael Emerson, who voiced the Joker in DC’s smash hit Dark Knight Returns, plays the role of Finch the tech savvy, hacker and mission co-ordinator that has developed a way to determine future crimes. He is a mixture between Lucious Fox, as he is very proficient with technology, and Alfred as he has banters with Reese constantly. They even have a dog for crying out loud. Do I need to compare him to Ace?
If you watch this series you will notice that it is basically a Batman story with a few differences. We have a detective assisting the main protagonists as she attempts to rid the police department from corruption. On many occasions you have Reese assuming other identities in order to solve crime, something that Bruce Wayne used a lot in his early career as Batman. There is also a bit of detective work in each episode. The main difference is that Reese is not afraid of using guns as he prefers to down his opponents by making them take a bullet to the knee and here Finch has the billions. This makes Reese a billionaire by default, as Finch has no desire to really spend his money.
It is Caviezel’s unarmed combat that shines through in this series, as he strikes opponents with everything he has. The fight scenes are often gritty, calculated and brutal, just the way Batman likes it. Reese is former CIA so he has various combat styles at his disposal and he does well with gadgets and weaponry.
Is Caviezel enough of a playboy to assume the role of Bruce Wayne? Before people hop on to the fact that the is a devout Catholic and family man, remember this is acting and he was placed in the TV’s sexiest men top 100 of 2011, so clearly we has some ladies weak at the knees. Although he may not have a superhero physique, let us not forget that neither did Christian Bale at first. Bale was even dubbed “The Fatman” in Batman Begins. The next Batman will not need to be overtly muscular, that is what Cavill is there for. We need to see the size disparity between Batman and Superman. This would work to Caviezel’s advantage, as it will bring to light the brains versus brawn notion that often causes heated debates between Superman and Batman fans.
Then there is the “Jesus curse”, after portraying The Messiah in Mel Gibsons’ Passion of the Christ. Mel told Caviezel that his acting career may be severely affected by playing this role. Sadly it was, and it is only through Person of Interest that he is garnering attention once more. But this curse might be a blessing, as it will give you an actor that is willing to place his full attention on to becoming the Batman. He will not be running away from the set to go shoot other films on the side. He will don the cowl and remain in it until production has ended. He is known for giving 100% to the characters he portrays and not even lightning could stop him from completing his role as Jesus. He has also not played any superhero character before. No one wants to see Magneto (Michael Fassbender) becoming Batman. What happened the last time an X-men character became a Batman character? We got a Catwoman.
So DC give the role to someone new, someone unexpected, someone who can concentrate on becoming Bruce Wayne and The Batman. He has had a great warm up on the set of Person of Interest and just needs someone to transfer him from the reserves into the team. If we are going to have this clash of heroes in 2014, make it believable. To accomplish that we will need a Batman that can use experience as a weapon in order to stand toe-to-toe with an inexperienced Superman in a universe where Kryptonite does not exist.
I strongly suggest that people watch Person of Interest. Once I started watching it I couldn’t stop, simply because it is a reminded me of Batman and features an actor with the Batman chin and Bruce Wayne look.