From Jason Momoa to Henry Cavill, 4 Actors Who Auditioned For Batman But Were Rejected

Before essaying the role in superhero films, all these actors were in the running to play Batman

From Jason Momoa to Henry Cavill, 4 Actors Who Auditioned For Batman But Were Rejected

SUMMARY

  • These 4 actors were in the running to play Batman
  • Theses actors eventually moved on to play other superhero adjacent characters
  • Some of these actors might have the opportunity to play the character after all, in James Gunn's new DCU
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Batman is a character that a lot of actors would love to play. The character has had a long-standing cinematic history, with the recent boom in superhero fiction bringing in some of the greatest stories to life on the big screen.

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Michael Keaton as Batman
Michael Keaton as Batman

Needless to say, for every actor who gets the role of Batman, there are at least a dozen who do not. These 4 actors were no different, having auditioned for the role in various capacities, only for the role of the Caped Crusader to go to another actor.

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Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa in Fast X
Jason Momoa in Fast X

Jason Momoa debuted in the DCEU as Aquaman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, when Momoa first entered the audition thinking he was playing the character of Batman, Snyder cast him as the King of Atlantis. Ironically enough, Momoa would go on to be the last standing member of the Justice League as the DCEU closes out, as Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is playing in theatres.

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Henry Cavill

Hollywood actor Henry Cavill
Hollywood actor Henry Cavill

Henry Cavill was Superman in Zack Snyder’s DC Extended Universe. But before that, that actor auditioned for Batman in Nolan’s Batman Begins. The role was up for grabs, with Cavill, Jake Gyllenhaal and Christian Bale in the running. Unfortunately, Cavill’s run as Superman was short-lived, and he never really got to play Batman either. Now, the actor is moving on to another IP, one more close to his heart than The Witcher, Warhammer 40,000.

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Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer
Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer

Before Murphy was scaring people with his fear toxin as Scarecrow, he was in the running for the role of Batman in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy. Having been beat out by Christian Bale, the actor went on to essay the role of Jonathan Crane. While the new DCU could be an opportunity for the actor to play Batman again, given that the Batman that James Gunn wishes to present will be a little older, already with Damian under his wing. Murphy could essay the role, and perhaps fulfill his aspirations to play the Caped Crusader.

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Scott Adkins

Scott Adkins
Scott Adkins

Another BvS auditionee, Adkins was one of the actors who were in the running to play Bruce Wayne in the DCEU. Adkins would, of course, lose out on the role to Ben Affleck, moving on to other smaller projects like The Legend of Hercules, while also making appearances in smaller capacities in other superhero franchises like Doctor Strange. The actor has also been a part of many an action flick, making him a great contender for the Caped Crusader, now that the character is up for grabs again.

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Written by Anuraag Chatterjee

Anuraag Chatterjee, Web Content Writer
With a passion for writing fiction and non fiction content, Anuraag is a Media Science graduate with 2 year's experience with Marketing and Content, with 3 published poetry anthologies. Anuraag holds a Bacherlor's degree in Arts with a focus on Communication and Media Studies.