Iain Glen Leaves Westeros and Heads for Gotham City
Game of Thrones begins its final season this weekend on April 14th. Iain Glen, known for his role as Ser Jorah Mormont on the HBO hit, has already claimed his next role. He’s taking over as Bruce Wayne on Titans, the DC Universe series. The role is recurring, as the show’s focus is primarily on Dick Grayson (played by Brenton Thwaites).
The Caped Crusader in Titans?
Although Glen is taking on Bruce Wayne, he’s not necessarily becoming Batman. In Titans, Wayne is older and acting more as a mentor to the young team. The producers described the role in an official statement saying, “After decades of fighting crime as Batman, billionaire Bruce Wayne is just as driven to protect Gotham from evil as he was in his prime. Needing to reconcile his relationship with Dick Grayson, the duo hope to forge a new dynamic as Bruce tries to help his former sidekick and the Titans achieve success.”
So, it doesn’t appear that Glen will be following in the footsteps of Ben Affleck and Christian Bale. In fact, this Bruce is different from any version fans have seen thus far. It even separates itself from Fox’s show Gotham, where Bruce is played by David Mazouz, who is just 18, and is just now setting up to don his outfit for the first time. Glen is 57, and his Bruce seems to have retired the uniform.
Iain Glen’s Other Roles
Ser Jorah is probably how most people know Glen, but he’s had plenty of significant roles throughout his career. Just prior to Game of Thrones, he played Sir Richard Carlisle in the second season of Downton Abbey. He’s also been in several great films such as The Iron Lady, My Cousin Rachel, and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. He was even in one of my personal favorite movies, Kingdom of Heaven.
Glen goes beyond the screen as well. In his early years, he starred in several great productions of popular plays such as The Crucible, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Hamlet. In 1994, he made his Royal Shakespeare Company debut in the Matthew Warchus production of Henry V after winning the Bancroft Medal at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
There’s a Lot to Look Forward To
DC not only got themselves a great actor for Titans, but they’ve got a ton of other projects coming up. This year is the 80th anniversary of Batman in the comics. Batman is the same age as The Wizard of Oz! Director Matt Reeves is set up to begin production on a new Batman film. Alfred, Bruce Wayne’s beloved butler, is getting his own show with Pennyworth. Joker from Todd Phillips hits theaters this October. The ladies aren’t being left out either, as a Batwoman pilot is in the works as well as a Birds of Prey movie.
You can stream Titans at www.dcuniverse.com.