Josh Hartnett Explains Why He Passed On Role Of Batman In Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’ Trilogy

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Director Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy became one of the most critically acclaimed and financially successful series of superhero films ever produced. However, Nolan’s dark and realistic take on Batman might have had a different face underneath the cape and cowl had actor Josh Hartnett not passed on the lead role before Christian Bale landed the job. In an interview with the Associated Press, Hartnett opened up about his decision to pass on the opportunity to play the Caped Crusader and any regrets he may have over the choice.

Hartnett explained that his regret is mainly over missing out on the chance to collaborate with Christopher Nolan:

“I would welcome the opportunity to be in a relationship with a great artist in our film culture, no matter where they’re making films and in that instance, I think my regret mostly was not forming the friendship or the creative partnership with that director, more than it was [not] doing Batman.”

Hartnett added that he did not pass on the role because of any aversion to studio films:

“It wasn’t about not doing studio films. At the time, what I was interested in was… the film that I did instead of that was a tiny film about a guy with Asperger’s Syndrome, falling in love with a woman with Asperger’s Syndrome, a true story, ended up being called Mozart And The Whale. It was just a question more of what I wanted to do as opposed to what I didn’t want to do, and I always try to look at things that way.”

No disrespect to Josh Hartnett, but while many will complain about Christian Bale’s Batman voice, it is difficult to image anyone else portraying Nolan’s darker and serious take on the caped crusader. While The Dark Knight trilogy was not entirely perfect, particularly due to the problematic third installment, I imagine most would argue that the cast and crew assembled for the series of films turned out to be the right choices.

Would you like to see Hartnett take on a superhero role in the future? Share your thoughts below!

Source: Associated Press

5 Best Batman Moments Of The DCEU So Far

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The DC Extended Universe is starting to slowly become a fully realized universe with several major heroes already being introduced. One of them being the Dark Knight himself: Batman. Ben Affleck portrayed a dark and tortured version of Bruce Wayne in 2016’s Batman V. Superman and in Suicide Squad. His take on the character set the tone of the universe and provided some excellent moments that stood apart from the actors who have portrayed Batman in the past. The DCEU has offered him some great moments and while I got a chance to look at Superman’s best moments so far, it is now time to look at the iconic Detective.

Here are the 5 greatest Batman moments of the DCEU so far.

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Sebastian Peris

Sebastian Peris

Canadian film lover, comic book geek, political junkie and board game enthusiast.

  • Jacob McMillan

    Because he’s a moron. Also thank God he did. He’s nowhere near the talent Bale is

  • Sergio

    Maybe he can be Shazam. Yes!

    • Doobies brother

      Thats actually not a bad idea… bulk him up a bit and slap on the uniform…

      • Axxell

        LOL! Is there ANY leading actor not being pitched for Shazam?