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Josh Brolin confirms that he was up for Batman

September 8th, 2013 by Edwin Torres Jr Comments

So Josh Brolin was up for the role of Batman as we all though. The actor has confirmed as much to The Huffington Post. The role in the Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel of course went instead to Ben Affleck.

Asked if he had any conversations with Snyder about the role, Brolin said:

“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.”

He was also asked about the reaction to Affleck getting the role:

 “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*ck 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… I want him to kick ass and I want everyone to love it and kind of eat their words.”

Wolverine himself Hugh Jackman also chimed in on the Batfleck drama. Here’s what he told ET Canada:

“I have a great trainer for Ben, but Ben is poised to crush it. I’m really happy for him. I’m so happy he got the part. The difficult part of the role is the Bruce Wayne part. I think he will crush it, and I’m really excited to see what he does. He’s ready for it. I love Ben—he’s super smart, very talented, and he will be around for a long time. I think people are gonna to love it.”

Naturally, Affleck’s wife Jennifer Garner is very excited about the role:

 “I’m excited about Batman, of course. Everything we do, we look at it together, and we say, ‘Can we handle this? Can we take this?’ And this was one where we were like, ‘Let’s go to Michigan!’”

Source: The Huffington Post & ET Canada


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