Before Ben Affleck was cast as the “Caped Crusader” in Batman v Superman, the rumour mill turned into a circus with everyone being linked to the iconic role. One name, though, which giddied many action fans was Scott Adkins (The Expendables 2, Ninja, The Legend of Hercules).
The hype machine went into overdrive when it was confirmed that Warner Bros. had auditioned the English actor who is trained in ninjutsu, judo, karate, jujutsu, wushu, Krav Maga, capoeira and (breathe) jeet kune do. In an interview with Behind the Mask Presents, Adkins said, “They asked me to audition. Yeah, so I did. But 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.”
Scott Adkins hit the nail on the head: he does look a lot like a suave and dapper Wayne. Flip through the pages of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman run and you’ll see the uncanny resemblance. In addition, he possesses the freak of nature physique that will scare the holy hell out of criminals. I’m sure that Adkins can break arms merely by locking them between his abs.
Simply put: Adkins is a real ninja and can do a standing backflip. Do we need to say more? While the general action scenes of the Batman films have been pretty good, Adkins possesses frightening skills that could raise the levels to insatiable heights. Plus, he performs all of his own fight scenes. Please refer to Exhibit A below to see what sort of carnage he can cause.
This is probably the main reason Adkins didn’t get the role. He has everything else, but he’s not exactly renowned as a future Oscar winner. However, this isn’t saying that he couldn’t develop into a better actor, requiring only a bigger project to level up. Look at Jaden Smith, for example: he still worms his way into huge roles and there’s probably no hope for him. If Jaden can do it, so can Scott.