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Josh Hartnett has revealed that no only was he approached to play Superman - but Batman and Spider-Man too.

The Penny Dreadful star was speaking to Details about the upcoming Showtime series, and admitted that he turned down the chance to play Superman in 2006's Superman Returns - and was in talks to play both Spider-Man and Batman at one time or another.

It's news worth taking with a pinch of salt - more or less every male actor aged 18-40 was linked with playing Superman at some point, and much the same was true of the Spider- and Bat franchises - but it's still relatively rare for an actor to straight out say that they were offered so huge a part and turned it down. Especially an actor like Hartnett whose career never quite recovered from the underwhelming Pearl Harbor - in which he happened to co-star with no other than the new Batman - Ben Affleck.

Hartnett is, however, due back on our screens in almost superheroic fashion - his new show Penny Dreadful has a fair amount in common with The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. You can check him out in the show below:

What do you guys think? Should Hartnett have played Superman, or either of the other heroes? Let me know below!


Should Josh Hartnett have played Superman, or any other superhero?

via Indiewire


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