Most people would do anything to play Batman, but Josh Brolin says that he’s glad that he didn’t get that part in the DC Extended Universe.
“We indirectly talked about it, but we never got to the point because I wasn’t the guy for him,” Brolin said, referring to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder. “I’m really glad it didn’t happen. I haven’t thought twice about it.”
He mentioned that he avoided a lot of comic book movies in general after the failure of Jonah Hex and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. “Is it deliberate? Almost. It’s not that I turned them down. It’s just not what I wanted to do at that moment. The bigger things, I just stayed away from.”
That might seem odd, given that at the moment, the public is eagerly awaiting the release of Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2, wherein Brolin will be starring as the Mad Titan Thanos and Cable, respectively. So clearly, while he has some comic book duds in his record, overall the genre has been very good to him.
He did not elaborate why he’s particularly glad about turning down a role as the Caped Crusader, but many will assume it has to do with the poor reception of the DCEU thus far; aside from Wonder Woman, all have been divisive, and they have not always been as profitable as their studios wanted, either. The Marvel Cinematic Universe and Deadpool, however, have both been surprise successes.
The Batman role was instead given to Ben Affleck, and while Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was generally not well received, his acting was. He is rumored to want to leave the franchise himself, though, and word is that Warner Bros. is on the lookout for someone to replace him.
Matt Reeves, director of the upcoming DC Extended Universe film The Batman took time on Twitter to discuss some of his favorite stories featuring the Caped Crusader.
“There are many… I love Year One, The Long Halloween, Dark Victory, Ego… Many others… Neal Adams is awesome… Love the original Kane and Finger… I could go on…!” he said, answering a fan.
Batman: Year One, Batman: The Long Halloween and Batman: Dark Victory are all in the same continuity, and the first two in particular are frequent additions to fans’ lists of favorites. The former tells of Batman’s origins and how he developed the trademarks of the persona that fans recognize today; the second is about Batman’s hunt for a killer called Holiday, with Dark Victory a sequel dealing with its aftermath and Dick Grayson’s origin as Robin.
Batman: Ego is a bit of a surprise, as it is a lesser-known story and a bit of a trippy one, largely made up of “Bruce Wayne” arguing with “Batman” inside the character’s fracturing mind. There is no major mystery or crime-fighting like in the other books, but instead a thorough exploration of what his dual identity means and what he can and cannot do.
Neal Adams was a major writer of the “Bronze Age,” who created Ra’s al-Ghul and recreated the Joker and Two-Face as legitimately interesting and scary villains. Kane and Finger, of course, are the original creators of Batman from back in the Golden Age.
Reeves is set to direct an upcoming Batman film for the DCEU, and says that he is working on ideas and scripts, though production is unlikely to start for a while. Not much of his plans is known, except that he says that he wants his story to be a noir-ish take on the character that emphasizes his detective skills. The above stories are generally consistent with that.