Bri­tish Spook set to be the next Bat­man

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BRIT ac­tor Richard Armitage is the shock favourite to re­place Chris­tian Bale as Bat­man, ac­cord­ing to Hol­ly­wood sources.

The Le­ices­ter-born star of BBC One’s Spooks is re­port­edly close to be­ing cast in the role by new di­rec­tor Zach Syn­der.

Top U.S. mag­a­zine The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter claims Sny­der, 47, wants a grumpy, age­ing Bat­man who is ‘in his late 30s or around the 40 mark’, while also be­ing ‘es­tab­lished and rugged’.

And Armitage ( above) – who got his big movie break in last year’s The Hob­bit: An Un­ex­pected Jour­ney play­ing dwarf leader Thorin – fits the bill at the age of 41.

An­other thesp high on Zyn­der’s wish list is thought to be 46-yearold Josh Brolin, who is also due to ap­pear in the di­rec­tor’s up­com­ing Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For.

Bat­man will make his next big screen ap­pear­ance tak­ing on Su­per­man in a se­quel to Man Of Steel.

Bale, 39, has stepped away from the Gotham­based fran­chise.

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