Batman: 8 Actors Who Almost Played Batman In DC Movies

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The character of Batman is such that it cannot be played by every actor. So, casting has to be very careful. The actor should match the vibe of the character, the demeanor, the style, everything! Many A-listers have played the role and nailed it. But did you know many A-listers were considered for the role but never made it to the role? Here’s a list of them. Let us know which actor you would want from the list to have played the role of Batman!


1. Josh Brolin

Josh Brolin as Cable and Thanos Batman
Josh Brolin as Cable and Thanos

The actor best known for playing Thanos in MCU was once considered to play Batman very seriously for the movie Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice. However, the idea of Josh Brolin playing Batman was passed and Ben Affleck nailed the role. Looks like Josh enjoys playing Cable and Thanos!

2. Pierce Brosnan

Actor: Pierce Brosnan Batman
Actor: Pierce Brosnan

Brosnan, known as James Bond was once considered for the role of Bruce Wayne. However, he wasn’t too serious about it at that time. He regrets it to date. He said, “I just couldn’t take it seriously. That was my foolish take on it.


3. Willem Dafoe

Actor: Willem Dafoe Batman
Actor: Willem Dafoe

There were rumors that Willem was being considered to play Joker in the 1989’s Batman movie. However, truth is, he was being considered to play Batman. Whatever role he would’ve played, he would’ve nailed it!

4. Johnny Depp

Actor: Johnny Depp Batman
Actor: Johnny Depp

For 1995’s Batman Forever, Michael Keaton refused to reprise his role and exited the plan. This left the studio to look for a replacement as good as him. Tim Burton was still the producer on board. So, he suggested his frequent partner, Johnny Depp to play the role. It didn’t happen, so we don’t know how serious that suggestion was!

5. Jake Gyllenhaal

Actor: Jake Gyllenhaal
Actor: Jake Gyllenhaal

Gyllenhaal was considered for the role twice. However, he could never make it. But we do love him for his portrayal as Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home. We never know we get to see Jake donning the suit of Batman in the future!


6. Armie Hammer

Actor: Armie Hammer
Actor: Armie Hammer

Hammer was seriously considered for the role to the extent that they even reached the costume fitting stage. However, in the end, Warner Bros. pulled the plug and the role was given to someone else.

7. Ethan Hawke

Actor: Ethan Hawke
Actor: Ethan Hawke

After Michael Keaton refused to reprise the role of Batman, the studio considered Ethan Hawke to play the role. However, he declined the offer saying that the role would affect his career negatively. However, just like Pierce Brosnan, Ethan Hawke regretted his haste decision too!

8. Heath Ledger

Actor: Late Heath Ledger
Actor: Late Heath Ledger

We love Heath Ledger for his role as the Joker in 2008’s The Dark Knight. But did you know before he appeared as the Joker, he refused to play the role of Batman in 2005’s Batman Begins? He wasn’t keen on becoming a part of a franchise based on comic heroes. But after seeing Christopher Nolan’s work, he was convinced that the films would be great!


Written by Sukanya Kumar Vasisht

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