Ben Affleck may have the market cornered on playing Batman in the movies, but “Game of Thrones” actor Kit Harington thinks there’s room for a caped crusader on the small screen, and he's volunteering.
Speaking with E! News at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Red Carpet, where he was nominated with the rest of the "Game of Thrones" cast, the actor (who plays Jon Snow) was asked about an answer he gave in a recent interview with MTV UK where he expressed an interest in playing a superhero like Batman. He doesn’t want to be a serious superhero, though; he’d much rather play a silly one.
"I’d camp him up again,” Harington said in the MTV interview. “He’s gone way too dark and serious. I’d like proper spandex. Superhero movies got all too serious — they need to get silly again.”
When asked at the Red Carpet to elaborate, Harington was unflinching in his desire to go back to the old Batman days.
"I think I got put on the spot and [they asked], ‘Do you want to play a superhero' and of course I want to play a superhero," he told E! News "I don't know. I'd love to play Batman. As a matter of fact, camp him up, maybe without the spandex."
That’s right, the guy who has spent most of his career on a decidedly un-campy series wants to play the kitschy, Adam West version of Batman.
"I just miss the speech bubbles," he said. "I think they should do it as a TV show. That's my theory. Yeah, I'd put my neck out there. I'd do it."
As much as fans would probably like to see the 28-year-old Brit beat up colorful bad guys to sound effects like “Boom!” “Pow!” and possibly “Biff,” it doesn’t look like Harington will have time to star in any other TV shows in the near future.
“Game of Thrones” is gearing up for its Season 5 return, and Jon Snow is likely to be a major part of the series for years to come (no promises, though). In that same interview with E! News, the actor teased a bigger budget in the show’s fifth year.
“We heard [that] in previous years [the producers would ask,] 'Can we afford that?' and they said no, but this year we ask, ‘Can we afford that?' and the answer is yeah," he revealed. "They're throwing money at it. We're in Season 5 and we're coming toward the real peak of the story."
It’s unclear, unless you’ve read the books, exactly what Harington is alluding to as the story’s “peak,” but he did say that fans can expect some huge action and battle sequences to rival anything the show’s had thus far. That’s a bold claim after Season 4 episodes “The Mountain and the Viper” and “The Watchers on the Wall.”