Look, there’s no point in denying it: We’re huge fans of Scott Adkins here. We published an article about how he was the perfect Batman that never was, as well as his audition video for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and never miss the opportunity to boast about his action movies.
It looks like the chance of him playing the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves’ The Batman is completely off the table now, however, as the director goes in a younger direction. So, we’ve thought about five other heroes Adkins could portray. Of course, he’s no stranger to the comic book genre, having appeared in Doctor Strange and Accident Man.
With The Punisher ending its run on Netflix, along with all the other Marvel series, the property has moved under the Disney/Marvel umbrella. While Marvel isn’t allowed to use the character for a few more years due to legal issues, the success of the live-action TV series must be top of mind. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that Jon Bernthal will return to portray Frank Castle, so that opens the door for Adkins to step in and pick up the heavy artillery. Not a bad replacement, eh?
After Dark Phoenix, the X-Men will belong to Marvel Studios. This means all of Xavier’s mutants will be recast for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) – including Wolverine. At 1.78m, Atkins is considerably shorter than Hugh Jackman (even though he’s still much taller than Logan was in the comics) and he possesses all the natural aggression to bring the berserker to life in a new universe.
There are rumours that Hawkman (and Hawkgirl) could be appearing in DC films sooner rather than later. Considering the likeness between Adkins and Carter Hall, this should be a no-brainer when it comes to casting. Imagine the mixture of Adkins’ martial arts ability with the wing-gliding world of Thanagar. It’s like an action film in the skies, and who wouldn’t want to see that?!
There’s a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot on the horizon and there will be the need for new actors to provide motion-capture for the heroes in a half shell. Truth be told, Adkins could play any of the Turtles, but his fighting style and maturity would resonant well with someone like Leonardo, the leader of the pack. You see it now, don’t you?
Yes, Adkins can still play Batman…but probably on TV. With the DC Universe streaming service in full swing, it’s likely that a Batman TV series will be a consideration at some point. Iain Glen might portray Bruce Wayne on Titans, but a younger actor will be needed if a show wants to capture the Caped Crusader in his glory years. Knock, knock, DC… It’s Scott Adkins, so let him in!