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Josh Brolin Confirms He Was Up For Batman Role in ‘Man of Steel’ Sequel

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Among all the seemingly wild casting rumors swirling around Hollywood, it turns out at least one of them was true: Oscar nominee Josh Brolin actually was considered to play Batman in Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel sequel, a role that ultimately went to Ben Affleck.

Asked whether he had indeed talked with director Zack Snyder about the part, Brolin told The Huffington Post, “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.”

While Brolin may be happy for Affleck, many Batman fans aren’t; more than 30 petitions demanding Warner Bros. remove the actor from the film appeared on within hours of the Aug. 22 casting announcement.

“I’ve never seen such a global reaction in my life,” Brolin said. “I feel for him, truly. I would not want to be him right now. The reaction becomes so personal,” Brolin said. “It’s like, ‘Fuck 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 just feel for anybody who gets lambasted at that level. I want him to kick ass and I want everyone to love it and kind of eat their words.'”

Opening July 17, 2105, the Man of Steel sequel also stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.


  • BOB

    It opens July 17, 2105?! WHY DO WE HAVE TO WAIT SO LONG

  • David

    I have nothing but love, trust, admiration, and respect for Ben Affleck. While my personal choice would have been Fassbender, I’m content with Ben :)

  • Chris Childs

    You’re right, I don’t want to wait 92 years.

  • PietroMaximoff

    “‘Fuck this guy, I wish he was dead” OMG he quoted my message !! XD

  • Happily LS

    You must be one of his kids.

  • Brodieman

    This news makes even angrier about the all Batffleck fiasco. Brolin was my first choice for the part, and my sencond was Karl Urban.

  • Crimsonrain

    I don’t think most of us will need to worry about the movie since most of us won’t be around in 2105.

  • Derron

    fanboys need to chill out and realise Batman is not a bid deal in the acting world. Affleck is a good choice and should be far superior than Christian “I can do a gruff voice” Bale

  • The Guy

    That guy would be cool for the much older Batman that we all love. Affleck is good enough for the younger Batman though.

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  • Ricky

    That would have been great, Brolin as Batman.

  • Mrteapot

    F***Affleck and all the circle jerkin Hollywood is giving him, he was credited for good direction not acting. Being Kevin Smith good friend you would think he would dare not ruin another comic book character.

    My first choice being Karl urban woulda been the best I mean he’s a credited actor and if you seen dredd, you would know he would make a phenomenal Batman. Brolin woulda been an ideal Batman on his acting merit alone even matching the older grizzled Batman they we’re looking for and was in the vs comics.

    Warner brothers just jerkin Affleck off cause he won there company an academy award for there movie, im 100% sure this movie will make alot of money due to it’s controversy and curiosity and money there going to put into so it has skirts flashy explosions and CGI. But at the end of the day it’ll just be a forgettable blockbuster for the summer and when you ask comic fans what Batman is your favorite….they will say dark knight or 89 Batman.

  • Cultures Clothing

    I have no problem with Ben Affleck now that I’ve slept on it. But my choices would have been Urban or Jensen Ackles…who I think would’ve been perfect. But I think they were going for an older Batman

  • DoigtDuPeuple

    They’re waiting for Nolan to pass on so he won’t be able to push ridiculous plot holes in the next one!..

  • DoigtDuPeuple

    While I did not dislike Bale in the character I have to say that it was laughing every time he talked.. If I was Gordon I would’ve given him some Lozenges “Here… I think you need this…”

    I love CollegeHumor who just go nuts on his Batman!! LMAO!!

    Affleck will do the character justice but will still have a bunch of a-holes criticize him for one thing he’ll do wrong (as any other actor would) yet they never say anything about the hundreds of stupid things Bale did …

  • DoigtDuPeuple

    Exactly my take on it. Brolin as an older Batman would be great. Affleck as a young-40ish Batman also great.

  • DoigtDuPeuple

    You had me all the way to Urban… then lost me at Jensen Ackles.. Whu??… The guy can’t really act… he does 3 things on his tv show.. He’d be a good Aquaman.. (No disrespect still was in line with the first part). ;)

  • Luke

    It’s kind of like more than hundreds of letters were given to Warner Bros. demanding to remove Michael Keaton from the Batman film back in 1989