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It’s a rite of passage at this point for rising 20something and 30something actors to log some time as part of a superhero franchise. If he had it his way, Kit Harington would be no different.

The Game of Thrones star confessed a burning desire to play Batman, which on the face of it makes sense. Harington certainly has experience playing broody heroes who only work in black and sometimes very, very dark gray. But the Batman he has in mind is more in line with the Adam West mold. Hit the jump to read the Kit Harington Batman comments. 

Harington acknowledged his superhero ambitions in a chat with MTV UK. “I’d love to play a superhero,” he said. “I would love to play Batman.”

However, Harington has no intention of playing the grim, gritty Caped Crusader we’ve seen in films like the Dark Knight trilogy. “I’d camp him up again,” Harington explained. “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.”

Harington’s comments echo ones made by Tim Burton last year. “Yes, we all know that superheroes are damaged individuals,” said the filmmaker, who was behind the downbeat Michael Keaton version of the character. “Maybe we need to see a happy superhero?”

And the team behind The Lego Movie is so concerned by the Caped Crusader’s gloomy disposition that they’re building a whole film around the question of whether Batman can be happy. “Batman is the ultimate in white people problems,” said screenwriter Phil Lord. “He’s like, ‘oh, I’m so rich and handsome, women like me and I’ve got a Maclaren! Something about my parents!”

Meanwhile, the non-plastic version of Batman is showing no signs of cheering up. Batman looks downright despondent in stills from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and rumor has it Warner Bros. has instituted a “no jokes” policy for its DC movies. (Even if that story doesn’t turn out to be true, it says something about the super-serious state of the DC movieverse that so many people find it plausible.)

In other words, Harington isn’t alone in his opinion, but it seems unlikely he’ll get to attain his goal of bringing us a campier, more colorful Batman anytime soon. But hey, if he’ll settle for Marvel, maybe a Guardians of the Galaxy supporting role could be just the thing for Harington’s apparently quite playful sense of humor.

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