PHOTOS: Russell Brand – The New Batman?

Is Russell Brand taking over for Christian Bale as the next Batman?

PHOTOS: Russell Brand – The New Batman?

Nah… the British funnyman merely dressed up as the Dark Knight for his role in the Warner Bros. remake of the 1981 Dudley Moore screwball comedy, Arthur, and has new photos from the film’s shoot.

In one scene shot Sunday on the streets of New York, Brand – complete with an ‘alcohol utility belt’, busts crooks out of jail with the help of his sidekick Luis Guzman, dressed as Robin.

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The original Arthur starred the late Dudley Moore as a lovable, alcoholic ladies’ man who must marry a stuck-up wealthy woman in order to keep his family’s vast fortune. The original co-starred Liza Minnelli, as the flaky working-class waitress he ends up falling in love with.

Oscar winner Helen Mirren stars opposite Brand, taking on John Gielgud‘s iconic part as Arthur’s trusted valet. Jennifer Garner, Nick Nolte, and Greta Gerwig co-star.

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The remake is expected to hit theaters next year.

The 1981 version of Arthur grossed more than $95 million worldwide and is number 10 on Bravo’s 100 Funniest Movies, and was number 53 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Years..100 Laughs.

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