Josh Brolin Confirms He Really Was In Talks For Batman
Before Ben Affleck was announced as the new Batman, rumors and speculation ran rampant over who would be the next actor to take up the mantle. Names like Ryan Gosling, Matthew Goode, Max Martini, Richard Armitage and Josh Brolin were tossed around to name just a very few. A lot of names popped up in casting rumor articles, but Brolin was the one actor who appeared in most every article. When it was revealed that director Zack Snyder wanted a slightly older Batman to go up against his fresh-faced Superman, many fans thought Brolin and his exceptional jawline would be a great pick. Well it turns out someone at WB thought he was too…at one point in time that is.
Speaking to The Huffington Post at the Toronto International Film Festival to promote his film Labor Day, Brolin confirmed that there were indeed early talks for him to star alongside Henry Cavill in Batman vs. Superman or Superman vs. Batman or whatever you want to call it for now:
We did. I didn’t have conversations about it, but Zack, that was part of his idea. It just didn’t turn out. It’s OK. It is OK. You know, another scenario might have worked better, but I’m happy for Ben.
Affleck eventually won out as we all know. Whether it was a case of Snyder wanting Brolin but the studio wanted Affleck or any other variation you want to go with, Brolin didn’t land the role. The actor is very supportive of Affleck and hopes all those people that were incredibly vicious and nasty on the internet end up eating their words:
I’ve never seen such a global reaction in my life. I feel for him, truly. I would not want to be him right now. The reaction becomes so personal. It’s like, ‘F**k this guy, I wish he was dead.’ And you’re like, ‘What? Dude, seriously? This guy is just working like you are. He’s doing the same thing you are. He’s trying to make the best choices he can. [B]ecause of the Internet, man, I just feel for anybody who gets lambasted at that level. I want him to kick ass and I want everyone to love it and kind of eat their words.
While Brolin would have been an interesting Batman/Bruce Wayne, I for one am very excited to see what Ben Affleck brings to the film. He’s a brilliant director and a good actor. If he gets to lend a hand to the script, we could be in for something truly special. Hopefully Brolin will take on another comic book movie role down the line. He’s a great actor and he needs a chance to redeem himself from Jonah Hex. What do you think about Brolin confirming he had some preliminary Batman talks? Do you wish he would have been the final choice, or have you come around on Batfleck?
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Source : Huffington Post