Josh Brolin recently talked about almost playing Batman before Zack Snyder ultimately cast Ben Affleck in the role.
Josh Brolin is no stranger to comic book movies, with the actor having played Thanos in various MCU films, Cable in Deadpool 2, and Jonah Hex. Brolin is also part of the Dune franchise for Warner Bros., with filming on the second part starting this summer. Back when Zack Snyder was searching for a new Batman to go up against Henry Cavill’s Superman, many were fan-casting Brolin in the iconic role.
As it turns out, before Zack Snyder cast Ben Affleck for Batman v Superman, the director also had a conversation about the role with Josh Brolin and another interesting choice. On a recent episode of the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Brolin talked about coming close to playing Batman for Snyder years ago:
“Yeah. That was interesting to me. That was his decision. That wasn’t my decision. That was his decision. Again, because, like something that is set up to not work at all or to work flyingly. I like those odds. I like playing with those odds. I’m like ‘am I the guy that’s gonna make it all fail?’ By the way, who I didn’t think was bad, but you know, you talk to [George] Clooney and he’s still joking about it. It wasn’t his fault. He loves the nipple joke and that was all Joel [Schumacher]. But, you know, he didn’t do anything wrong.”
Despite all of the active Batman actors at the moment and being passed by Zack Snyder, Josh Brolin is still interested in the role:
“Again, that was before Deadpool 2. It would have been the older, more raspy [Batman], for lack of a better word. Honestly, that would have been a fun deal and maybe I’ll do it one day.”
After Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman, Ben Affleck went on to appear as Batman in Suicide Squad, Justice League, and it’s expected The Flash will mark the end of his tenure. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. is bringing back Michael Keaton’s Batman for The Flash and Batgirl. The studio also just launched a new franchise with Robert Pattinson and director Matt Reeves.
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