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Josh Brolin reveals he almost played Batman before Ben Affleck got it: ‘That wasn’t my decision’

Josh Brolin reveals he almost played Batman in Zack Snyder’s DC films before the role went to Ben Affleck: ‘That was his decision, that wasn’t my decision’

Thanos and Batman are two very different comic book characters, but Josh Brolin almost played them both.

The actor, 54, revealed in an interview with MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast that he almost played Batman in Zack Snyder’s DC films.

Snyder ultimately decided to pass over the No Country For Old Men star and instead gave the role to Ben Affleck.

What could have been: Thanos and Batman are two very different comic book characters, but Josh Brolin almost played them both (pictured April 2022)

What could have been: Thanos and Batman are two very different comic book characters, but Josh Brolin almost played them both (pictured April 2022)

‘That was interesting to me,’ Brolin said. ‘That was his decision, that was not my decision.’

He continued, ‘It would have been the older, the more raspy, for lack of a better word. Honestly, that would have been a fun deal. And maybe I’ll do it when I’m 80.’

In hindsight, Brolin may have dodged a bullet by losing out on the role because Affleck’s tenure as Bruce Wayne has been filled with strife.

In talks: The actor, 54, revealed in an interview with MTV's Happy Sad Confused podcast that he almost played Batman in Zack Snyder's DC films

In talks: The actor, 54, revealed in an interview with MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast that he almost played Batman in Zack Snyder’s DC films

Turned him down: Snyder ultimately decided to pass over the No Country for Old Men star and instead gave the role to Ben Affleck (Snyder pictured 2021)

Turned him down: Snyder ultimately decided to pass over the No Country for Old Men star and instead gave the role to Ben Affleck (Snyder pictured 2021)

As with many people who worked on the Justice League movie, the Argo star admitted that it was a difficult experience for him in an ew interview earlier this year.

‘I had a really nadir experience around Justice League for a lot of different reasons,’ he told his close friend Matt Damon in January. ‘Not blaming anybody, there’s a lot of things that happened. But really what it was is that I wasn’t happy. I didn’t like being there. I didn’t think it was interesting. And then some really sh**ty things, awful things happened. But, that’s when I was like, I’m not going to do that anymore.’

Among the many issues faced by the cast and crew included the loss of Snyder’s daughter who committed suicide while the film was in post-production.

Snyder left the film to be with his family and grief, and Warner Bros. called in Joss Whedon to do extensive reshoots on the movie.

Difficult time: Affleck admitted he didn't enjoy filming Justice League. Other stars concurred with his co-star Gal Gadot alleging that Joss Whedon threatened her carer on set

Difficult time: Affleck admitted he didn’t enjoy filming Justice League. Other stars concurred with his co-star Gal Gadot alleging that Joss Whedon threatened her carer on set

Very different kind of comic book character: Instead of appearing as Batman, Brolin got his comic book fix in the Marvel Universe. He played big bad Thanos in a number of Marvel movies

Very different kind of comic book character: Instead of appearing as Batman, Brolin got his comic book fix in the Marvel Universe. He played big bad Thanos in a number of Marvel movies

Ray Fisher, who played Victor Stone, also known as Cyborg, in the movie, has since accused Whedon of ‘gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable’ behavior on the movie, and Gal Gadot alleges that he threatened her career.

Whedon has never commented on the pair’s allegations.

Instead of appearing as Batman, Brolin got his comic book fix in the Marvel Universe. I have played big bad Thanos in a number of Marvel movies including Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

He also played a major role as the character Cable in Deadpool 2 alongside Ryan Reynolds.

Amazon Prime released the first episode for the California native’s new series Outer Range today, April 15. It follows a rancher protecting his land who stumbles across a dangerous mystery in Wyoming’s wilderness.

Premiere: Amazon Prime released the first episode for Brolin's new series Outer Range today, April 15

Premiere: Amazon Prime released the first episode for Brolin’s new series Outer Range today, April 15

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