Watchmen's Jeffrey Dean Morgan Rumored for Batman in Batman vs. Superman

Watchmen movie image Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Edward Blake The Comedian

The shortlist of actors rumored to be in the running for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel that sees Superman squaring off against Batman just keeps getting longer.

This time, it's Watchmen actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan who is reportedly being considered for the role. Says Think McFly Think:

The actor is taking a meeting with Zach Snyder for the role of Batman. This doesn't mean he is a lock for the part but Morgan was rock solid as Comedian in Zack Snyder's Watchmen and a little familiarity doesn't hurt. The actor seems to have an eerily similar look to other names previously listed such as Jon Hamm. Passing by Josh Brolin he would be the oldest candidate at 47 years old. You can now see Morgan on Magic City, a TV series that centers on Miami mobsters and other characters from Miami Beach in the late 1950s. Starz has decided not to pick up the series after two seasons.

It could be interesting to see Morgan in the role--if for no other reason than because it would kind of fit into one of the oddest bits of typecasting that we've ever seen from any actor: For a while there, in TV roles like Weeds and Grey's Anatomy and then again in Watchmen, Morgan played characters who would die, only to continue appearing throughout the film/show after death. Structurally, this happened in Watchmen becuase the story flashed back and forth but the other versions simply saw him returning as a "ghost" to speak with those closest to him.

What's that got to do with Batman vs. Superman? Well, at least so far they seem to be positioning the film to draw a lot of inspiration from Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. That story, as most of our readers will know, sees Batman collapse to the ground, apparently lifeless, at one point in the story only to reappear later. A commenter below notes (and the Supernatural Wiki confirms) that his character similarly continued to appear after his death in Supernatural.

So maybe he's perfect for it!