Kit Harington Among Bookies' Favourites To Be The Next Batman

Batman is a big deal. If you didn't know the DC Comics legend was a big deal, well, you've probably been living under a rock since about 1960.

You might have heard that there's a new movie in the works, and Hollywood is awash with rumours about who the next incumbent of the famous black cape might be.

If you're anything like me, you don't bother with rumour: you simply go where the money goes. Bookies professionally predict the future, and they've got a ready answer for the next man behind the wheel of the Batmobile: Kit Harington.

Kit Harington as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones. Credit: HBO
Kit Harington as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones. Credit: HBO

Well, sort of. American bookie Oddshark has the Englishman down to don the famous mask at fairly short odds - 33/20 - ahead of Jon Hamm, Riz Ahmed and Ryan Gosling.

Not everyone agrees, however - in fact, Ladbrokes' odds place Harington in second place (4/1), plumping for Jake Gyllenhaal as their favourite, sticking the Zodiac star at the top of their rankings at 3/1.

"It looks as though Jake Gyllenhaal will be donning the Batman costume in the near future," said Ladbrokes' spokesperson Alex Apati, although with Donnie Darko himself having signed up with DC rival Marvel - Gyllenhaal is playing Mysterio in the forthcoming movie Spider-Man: Far From Home - who knows whether that's a genuine possibility.

Here's Ladbrokes' latest betting odds on the next person to play the Caped Crusader:

Jake Gyllenhaal 3/1
Kit Harington 4/1
Jon Hamm 6/1
Michael B Jordan 7/1
Timothee Chalamet 9/1
Armie Hammer 9/1
Sterling K Brown 9/1
Richard Madden 9/1
Milo Ventimiglia 12/1
Oscar Isaac 16/1
Michael Fassbender 20/1
Steven Yeun 20/1
Riz Ahmed 20/1
James Franco 33/1

Interestingly, Oddshark places Gyllenhaal way down in ninth, at 7/1.

Neither esteemed gambling platform has picked Nick Jonas, however, despite the singer throwing his hat in the Bat-ring. He replied to an Instagram post on the subject of the next Batman with: "First name Nick. Last name Jonas."

While he might not have been being entirely serious at the time, it's a nice idea to have in your head. Jonas most recently appeared in the Jumanji remake in 2017 and indeed has a few movies in the works, with three currently in post-production.

And remember, his brother Joe Jonas once sang 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' with Bonnie Tyler, during an actual total eclipse, so it wouldn't even be close to the weirdest post-Jonas Brothers career choice.

Let's hope it happens.

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros.

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