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Clint Eastwood Was Offered Superman And James Bond

“Go ahead, make my day,” you ask? Okay, I’ll bite — perhaps the recent revelation that Clint Eastwood was once offered the chance to play the Man of Steel will brighten your day just a tad.

Speaking with Hero Complex, Eastwood revealed: “I can remember – and this was many years ago – when [Warner Bros. President] Frank Wells came to me about doing Superman. So it could have happened. This was when they first started to think about making it. I was like, ‘Superman? Nah, nah, that’s not for me.’ Not that there’s anything wrong with it. It’s for somebody, but not me.”

Of course, Christopher Reeve eventually won the role and flew as Superman for four films released between 1978 and 1989. “Look at Reeve, he was excellent,” Eastwood said of the role, adding that he was afraid of getting typecast in the way that Reeve did with Superman. “That was a big factor. You get a role like that, and it locks you in a bit. True, I had the western genre and the ‘Dirty Harry’ role, but everybody made westerns and did cop movies; they didn’t seem as bad [as far as typecasting].”

Eastwood also revealed that he was once in the running to slip into James Bond’s highly coveted tuxedo. “I was also offered pretty good money to do James Bond if I would take on the role,” he said. “This was after Sean Connery left. My lawyer represented the Broccolis [who produce the Bond franchise] and he came and said, ‘They would love to have you.’ But to me, well, that was somebody else’s gig. That’s Sean’s deal. It didn’t feel right for me to be doing it.”


  • AJ Ryan

    And now he can play old man Bruce Wayne in a Batman Beyond movie.

    Just as God intended.

  • redvector

    I could see Eastwood playing Superman but James Bond? I just don't see that; no way, no how.

  • Thad

    I was thinking Jor-El, but yeah, Old Bruce is even better. I've frequently seen his name floated for a hypothetical DKR adaptation, but I prefer Batman Beyond.

    (Actually, the older Damian who supplanted Bruce in Batman #700's Beyond page looks quite a bit like Eastwood, IIRC…)

  • Cthe3

    Kingdom Come Batman.

  • Monkeypants2230

    Kingdom Come Batman for sure.

  • Alex

    He mentioned he'd would of liked to play the Sub Mariner. How cool is that?

  • Chump

    Old Bruce Wayne or Old Man Logan.. either would be epic.

  • RickNelson

    I remember when this story came out before Christopher Reeve was cast. The story circulated was that Eastwood and several other huge stars were offered the role because the movie was seen as risky and the association with big names was thought to attract financing. At the time, guys like Burt Reynolds (?!) were gigantic stars and their mere consideration of the role supposedly helped get it financed. Remember, this is pre-CGI and the tag-line was “You will believe a man can fly!”

  • Mou101

    I remember all the casting rumors that circulated when I was a kid. Sylvester Stallone was considered for the role of Superman but dismissed as “too Italian.”

    Would love to see Clint Eastwood as Bruce Wayne in a big-screen, live-action “Batman Beyond” film directed by Joss Whedon.

  • Bob Kane

    Yeah, I totally agree. That would really just make my day.

  • Gornllg

    Spike Lee as Lex Luthor = Comedy GOld

  • Tomh1138

    Superman IV was the last Christopher Reeve film from '87, not '89.

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