He's currently pulping out Paul Thomas Anderson's next movie, an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's pot-smoking private detective tale Inherent Vice, but Josh Brolin has taken some of his precious time to sit down and let the world know why he passed up on the chance to play everyone's favorite Caped Crusader, Batman.
Brolin has been discussing his decision not to sign on as Batman in Zack Snyder's upcoming Batman vs. Superman, suggesting that he was in disagreement with the director over how the role should be played. In a recent interview he revealed for the first time:
Me and Zack had a conversation about it. And there were several reasons why we said it wasn't the best idea on both sides. I had mine and Zack had his.
I have always wanted Brolin to play Bats, but I have faith that Batfleck will be more than fine. And as for Ben Affleck's casting in the role, Brolin is pretty critical of the online abuse that the star had to face, saying:
People were so disrespectful. How can you blame an actor for acting? I understand you’re a fan, but people forget that actors are human. When you're sitting in front of a computer it's easy to go, "Well, I wish he would die. Send." But somebody's going to read that. Their kids are going to read it and the wife is going to read it. We're so computer-oriented that we forget.
You tell 'em Josh! Nice support of Affleck and calling out of keyboard warriors!
Brolin would've made a great choice for the Batman vs. Superman protagonist, as much like Affleck, he's the appropriate age to play an "older" Batman. He's also no stranger when it comes to playing physically-explosive characters (Gangster Squad), yet his portrayal of Llewelyn Moss (No Country for Old Men) shows that he could have handled the methodical side of the Caped Crusader's personality, too.
Would you guys have liked to see Brolin play Batman? Are you more than happy with Batfleck? Or would you have gone for someone completely different? Hit me up in the comment section below!
Batman vs. Superman arrives in theaters on May 6, 2016.
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