Doctor Who's Matt Smith suits up to play a VERY confused Batman

The 11th Doctor, actor Matt Smith, traded his Doctor Who attire of tweed jacket and bow tie for the Batman cape and cowl over the weekend. Batman is cool.

If you've been holding your breath for a few short seconds now, you can start breathing: Matt Smith is NOT trying to replace Christian Bale as Batman. (Whew!)

Instead, the British actor was playing a comedic Batman over the weekend for an event called 24 Hour Plays (the plays are written the night before by various playwrights, then the actors have only a day of rehearsals before going live on stage) in Santa Monica, Calif.

The Telegraph reports:

At the start of his play—called Gotham Autopsy—Smith was covered in a sheet in a mortuary before he came to life as a confused Batman. Comedian and Don't Mess With Zohan star Nick Swardson starred as Robin. Also in his play was Kick Ass star Lyndsy Fonseca and fellow Brit Saffron Burrows. Half-way through the 20 minute skit Smith dropped his fake American accent and became a cockney to huge laughs from the audience.

Just like his predecessor, actor David Tennant (next to be seen in Fright Night), who played the Doctor for over four years before him, Smith is trying to make it big in Hollywood, and this was a chance for him to stretch his legs and show Hollywood what he's made of.

You can see a couple more pics of Smith as "comic" Batman over at the Daily Mail as well as hear Smith try his best to speak with an American accent here.

What do you think? Do you think Matt Smith can make it over in the good ol' U.S. of A?

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