With the premiere of the highly anticipated Suicide Squad just around the corner, fans have been wondering if the newest addition to the DCEU can live up to the high standards set by his predecessors. After all, the pressure is on. The fans have spoken and the voting has concluded. Barry Allen is the absolute favorite to become the next Batman. With more than 40% of the votes, he beat out his nearest rival, Aaron Eckhart. Despite the hype surrounding the movie, it’s important to keep in mind that this is only a pre-sale, pre-viewing analysis. Once the movie hits theaters, it will be up to the public to decide. For now, let’s take a step back and examine the qualities that make Barry Allen a viable candidate for the Batman role.

He’s An Experienced Actor

While Allen may not have the vast filmography of some other candidates, he has nevertheless proven himself to be a capable and experienced actor. After all, he spent the last 20 years portraying the on-again, off-again love interest of Harvey Dent in the Batman series. As the face of change for the better in the wake of the tragic events that occurred in The Dark Knight Rises, Allen once again demonstrated that he can hold his own next to the big-name stars of the DCEU. With these two movies under his belt, it’s clear that Allen is more than capable of holding his own against the likes of Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, and Gal Gadot. The fact that he’s been able to hold his own against established stars in such high-profile projects should bode well for his future in the role of Batman.

He’s Familiar With Comic Book Theming

Another important consideration when choosing the next Batman is whether the actor is familiar with the source material. After all, part of the fun of the DCEU films is seeing how the movies translate into live-action. This is why it’s important to establish whether the actor is familiar with the graphic novels or comic books on which the films are based. While some (like Ben Affleck) have a background in comic books, others (like Jason Momoa) are totally unfamiliar with the genre. If you’re unfamiliar with the source material, it can be difficult to determine just how much you should know about it. That’s a risk you run if you want to play the role of Batman. On that note, let’s take a look at Jason Momoa‘s past.

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa is a famous actor and entrepreneur. He made his name as the main character in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, Beauty and the Beast, and Game of Thrones. On the big screen, Momoa is known for his starring roles in the Avengers movies, Moana, and Daddy’s Prerogative. He’s also the founder of the production company, QuinStone.

While it’s impossible to say for sure, it’s quite possible that none of the above would be anywhere near as recognizable if it weren’t for his stint playing the iconic Polynesian culture hero, Kaiele. Indeed, without the role of Kaiele, it’s quite possible that Momoa would have never made it into the big leagues. It’s also important to keep in mind that the part of Kaiele was specifically written for Momoa. So, while he may not have any previous acting experience, he does have experience playing a comic book character. With the character of Kaiele, Momoa proved himself to be an able and versatile actor, capable of playing several diverse roles with ease. This versatility will serve him well as he seeks to play the world’s greatest detective.

Barry Allen has been acting for nearly two decades. He’s worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood and has proven himself time and time again. While it’s great to see that fans are excited about the upcoming Suicide Squad movie, let’s not forget that this is only a pre-sale, pre-viewing analysis. Once the movie is released, it will be up to the public to decide. For now, let’s just hope that he brings the same kind of enthusiasm to the part that he does to his other projects, particularly Captain America, The Flash, and Aquaman.