It’s been a few weeks since Ben Affleck was announced as the next Batman but fans are still bitter about the decision to cast the Oscar winner over other actors that were rumored to be up for the role. Some of the names are still just said to have been rumored to be in the running to play Batman next, but another actor has stepped forward to confirm he was indeed in the running to play the next Dark Knight.
Josh Brolin was asked about the rumors that he was in the running to play Batman in Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman in 2015. Brolin seems like he did indeed want to play Batman but talks never progressed that far, but he did confirm to Huff Post that he was in the running and almost cast as Batman before talks shifted all the way over the Affleck and the Argo actor was cast.
“I didn’t have conversations about it, but Zack, that was part of his idea,” Brolin said via Huffington Post. “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.”
A Hollywood Reporter article published after Affleck was cast stated that talks between Affleck and Snyder began almost a year ago so there’s no saying when Brolin was dropped as an option, but chances are he stayed in contention for quite some time.
News that Brolin was indeed in the running to play Batman will anger fans still bitter over Affleck’s casting, especially considering Brolin topped most lists of actors fans wanted to see talk on the role.