He's played the villain in Star Trek, Necromancer in The Hobbit and, of course, Sherlock Holmes - but could Benedict Cumberbatch be headed in the comic book movie world to play the Caped Crusader? During his Q&A at Comic Con this week, Cumberbatch floated the idea of playing Batman, some day. 

Benedict CumberbatchBenedict Cumberbatch, at the Chelsea Flower Show

When asked which character he'd most like to play, the actor said: "Batman, I guess. Yeah."

However, Cumberbatch can pretty much forget about the prospect of that, until 2019 at least. Ben Affleck is set to play Batman in the upcoming superhero movie Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and all the signs appear to point to the Justice League movie too..

Affleck is also believed to have nailed down his own solo movie too - tentatively titled The Batman, which is pencilled in for around five years' time. He takes over from Christian Bale for Dawn of Justice.

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In other Cumberbatch news, the actor has confirmed himself for a new one off episode of Sherlock on the BBC next year.  Set to be filmed in January 2015, the episode will precede a three-part fourth series of the mystery show, which will shoot later that year. 

It could be a big year for the actor, who plays Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. We tipped up Cumberbatch as a possible Oscar nominee for the role, which is gaining traction in the industry as one to watch during awards season.