Wind back the clock to a few years back. The Marvel Cinematic Universe was just gaining its momentum and Warner Bros. Was still finding the cast for its eventual DC Extended Universe. The big one in question was the Caped Crusader himself, Batman. Of course, the role would eventually go to the great Ben Affleck, who brought in much-needed gravity to the character — even if you weren’t fans of the actual films.
But if you’ll recall, one other big name that fans kept pushing for as the character was Josh Brolin. He had the face for the part, as well as the seasoned look of a war-torn vigilante, so why not? Of course, Brolin would never take on the role, and would go on to play the likes of Cable and Thanos, but did he actually even hold talks? Speaking with Empire Magazine, he opened up about it.
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“We indirectly talked about it, but we never got to the point because I wasn’t the guy for him. I’m really glad it didn’t happen. I haven’t thought twice about it.”
Now, I wouldn’t take this to mean he’s glad he wasn’t attached to an awful franchise. What it sounds more like is that it just genuinely hasn’t crossed his mind since it never happened. Had he been enthusiastic about the character, it likely would have plagued his mind. As such, I’m happy he didn’t play him. Sure, he would have done great, but I much prefer it go to someone who really cares about it.
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SOURCE: Empire Magazine (via CBM)