For the role of the Dark Knight, many have auditioned but only a handful were lucky enough to portray the character on screen. Actor Richard Armitage, having already made his presence known in the world of nerds by playing Thorin in the Hobbit trilogy, revealed during an interview with Digital Spy that he was one the shortlist to play Batman. This was back when Ben Affleck eventually won the won.
“There was a little flurry once upon a time just after I’d come out of The Hobbit where I auditioned for Batman. It was at the same time that Christian Bale was leaving, there were about five or six actors that were in line for that character, so I went through quite a process with that.”
Artimage continued talking about the character of Batman:
“The sort of darker side of a man, and the desire to right some wrongs… I think it’s really interesting, that character Bruce Wayne.”
As well as playing the dwarf Thorin in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, and last year lent his voice to Trevor Belmont in Netflix’s animated Castlevania series. Unfortunately, as you can read about in the RELATED section, the latest rumor points to the next Batman being a much younger version of the character.
Armitage’s latest role sees him playing the villain in Ocean’s 8.
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Source: Digital Spy