Jensen Ross Ackles, best known for the role of Dean Winchester in Supernatural, is known as a huge fan of comic books and their adaptations, particularly DC‘s. He’s set to play Solider Boy next June in Amazon Prime Video’s adult superhero satire series The Boys, and he also provided the voice of the Red Hood in the animated movie Batman: Under the Red Hood, as well as the voice of Batman in the two-part animated adaptation of Batman: The Long Halloween.
For years back, Ackles was one of the fans’ top picks to play Batman if the Caped Crusader ever joins the Arrowverse. Batman himself didn’t appear in the Arrowverse yet, but Bruce Wayne of Earth-Prime did appear, played by Warren Christie. As the new TV series, Gotham Knights, is in development at The CW, although it will be separated from the Arrowverse, the question about Batman possibly appearing in the series resurfaced again. And apparently, Ackles isn’t against playing the role.
“Batman. Let’s be clear about that. I have gotten to do the voice, why not get to play the Bat? Maybe someone at Gotham Knights can put in a good word for me if that role ever comes up.” — Jensen Ackles at Supernatural NJ Con 2022 (via Rhiannon Nymph)
Although the Gotham Knights series begins in the wake of Batman’s death, the appearance of Bruce Wayne was previously teased on the set of the pilot episode because one of the trailers where actors are residing had “Bruce Wayne” written on the door. You can check the official synopsis of the series down below:
“In the wake of Bruce Wayne’s murder, his rebellious adopted son forges an unlikely alliance with the children of Batman’s enemies when they are all framed for killing the Caped Crusader. And as the city’s most wanted criminals, this renegade band of misfits must fight to clear their names. But in a Gotham with no Dark Knight to protect it, the city descends into the most dangerous it’s ever been. However, hope comes from the most unexpected of places as this team of mismatched fugitives will become its next generation of saviors known as the Gotham Knights.” — Gotham Knights TV series, official synopsis
The pilot episode of Gotham Knights is now in production, and the decision about the full series pick-up will be made next month before The CW Upfronts event. The series is starring Navia Ziraili Robinson, Olivia Rose Keegan, Anna Lore, Rahart Adams, Fallon Smythe, Oscar Morgan, Tyler DiChiara, and Misha Collins.