On January 31st, it was confirmed that Ben Affleck would step down from his role as Batman in upcoming DC universe films, which of course sparked a major question on Twitter:
who will be the next to step into the cowl?
While no one knows for certain who will "become the night" in future films, author G. Willow Wilson realized something about successful Batmen that might help Warner Brothers's casting directors.
They shared their revelation on Twitter.
During our highly scientific discussion of possible future Batmen last night, I came to a realization: eyebrows.… https://t.co/PmZgs0Lrxz— G. Willow Wilson (@G. Willow Wilson) 1548951529.0
Observe: Michael Keaton. His face is like 90% eyebrow. https://t.co/2PQE7YbyeI— G. Willow Wilson (@G. Willow Wilson) 1548951572.0
Christian Bale? Broody Welshman eyebrows. https://t.co/xihahzSD4y— G. Willow Wilson (@G. Willow Wilson) 1548951625.0
The less eyebrows on the actor, the less successful his Batman.
Ben Affleck? Now I love Ben Affleck, don't get me wrong. But the man's eyebrows are practically an afterthought. https://t.co/xqwKr04YsL— G. Willow Wilson (@G. Willow Wilson) 1548951742.0
Using the eyebrow principal, Twitter users suggested who might be a good fit for the next caped crusader.
So our choices for future Bat-candidates have one clear criteria. I've already made the case for His Browiness, Lee… https://t.co/9tN4fAOppd— G. Willow Wilson (@G. Willow Wilson) 1548951920.0
But there other possibilities. John Cho? Look at those arches. I mean look at them. https://t.co/OI5RkNiYSq— G. Willow Wilson (@G. Willow Wilson) 1548951965.0
Jon Hamm. Practically drawn on with a Sharpie. https://t.co/nXe5rQ3mEn— G. Willow Wilson (@G. Willow Wilson) 1548952021.0
Of course, there was one successful prince of darkness who wasn't made of brows.
@GWillowWilson Where does Adam West fall in this? https://t.co/8IHElY5zG0— Scott Springer (@Scott Springer) 1548951834.0
I happen to know that they gave him bigger eyebrows with makeup. I have even heard there was mascara involved. https://t.co/vpgooZ79hG— G. Willow Wilson (@G. Willow Wilson) 1548952112.0
@bencomics @GWillowWilson no eyebrows, but great Batman. The exception that proves the rule?— Scott Springer (@Scott Springer) 1548952058.0
@GWillowWilson That's why Adam West made sure his were prominently displayed on his cowl. https://t.co/GyXKi1wxBN— New Year, New Drew (@New Year, New Drew) 1548951853.0
There are many worthy actors sporting a strong eyebrow game.
@GWillowWilson Another proposal: ✨ https://t.co/DB8rYUcXqu— Eun Joo Han 한은주 / C2E2, Planet Comic-Con, FanX (@Eun Joo Han 한은주 / C2E2, Planet Comic-Con, FanX) 1548951911.0
@GWillowWilson John Mulaney for Batman https://t.co/960RZ3CFRj— Jason Enright (@Jason Enright) 1548952008.0
@GWillowWilson 😎 https://t.co/KV2GGb79BO— Xena's Paradox (@Xena's Paradox) 1548952532.0
Some suggestions were less conventional than others...
@GWillowWilson https://t.co/8wWR5QRX2n— hoopmanjh (@hoopmanjh) 1548952429.0
But Twitter definitely agreed that eyebrows should be taken into account when the new Batman is chosen.
@GWillowWilson This checks out. https://t.co/JWAonShK5i— Annalee (@Annalee) 1548952241.0
They also admitted, however, that it may be wise to consider other factors as well.
@GWillowWilson The obvious choice, based solely on browiness: https://t.co/smIGPPVPUe— Jake Neufeld (@Jake Neufeld) 1548952048.0
@GWillowWilson So the guy from We're the Millers and Bandersnatch should be the next Batman https://t.co/d9PnGNFbYh— Dr. Nick Caruso (@Dr. Nick Caruso) 1548951975.0
@GWillowWilson Emilia Clarke. https://t.co/sf0wvcUw3o— ᴊᴏᴇ (@ᴊᴏᴇ) 1548952152.0
Could it be possible that the "eyebrow principal" isn't 100% accurate?
@Kluv32 @GWillowWilson Seriously, I was just thinking "But Clooney has glorious eyebrows and his Batman game was me… https://t.co/3qMR4BkHmi— Patrick Sharp (@Patrick Sharp) 1548951979.0
@GWillowWilson Successful Batmens: profound eyebrows Unsuccessful Batmens: mediocre eyebrows The best Batman: the… https://t.co/1gdqNtV7qf— Adam 🌈🖖♏ (@Adam 🌈🖖♏) 1548952224.0
No, that's impossible—it's all about the eyebrows!
Former Mad Men star Jon Hamm says he’s interested in portraying Batman. https://t.co/45y1dDBNdU— Twitter Moments (@Twitter Moments) 1536798524.0
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