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Josh Brolin reveals why he wasn’t Batman but Ben Affleck

He almost threw up a cowl and joined the Justice League.

Dune actor Josh Brolin is open about being almost cast as Batman in his versions of the superhero franchise — opposite director Zack Snyder’s ultimate choice, the now newly engaged Ben Affleck.

“It would have been scratchier the older it was, for want of a better word,” Brolin recently said on MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast, describing how his take on Affleck’s portrayal in Batman v. Superman” from 2016: “Dawn of Justice” and “Justice League” from 2017.

He also said the idea was “interesting” to him and claimed that the decision to cast Affleck, 49, instead was not his decision but Snyder’s.

“Honestly, that would have been a fun deal,” added Brolin, 54. “And maybe I’ll do that when I’m 80.”

Affleck will reprise his role as Batman in the upcoming production of The Flash, starring ailing actor Ezra Miller.

Brolin also spoke about filmmaker Joel Schumacher’s “Batman & Robin,” an oddly sexual — and particularly derided — version of 1997’s Caped Crusader, played by George Clooney, 60, alongside Chris O’Donnell, 51, as Robin/Dick Grayson.

George Clooney as Batman
George Clooney as a nippled Crusader in Batman & Robin.
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Robert Pattinson is the latest actor to play the Caped Crusader.
Robert Pattinson is the latest actor to play the Caped Crusader.
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“By the way, who I didn’t think was bad — I spoke to Clooney, who still jokes about it, and it wasn’t his fault,” Brolin said. “He loves a good nipple joke and that’s about it [director] joel [Schumacher]. He didn’t do anything wrong.”

Most recently, a moodier, eyeliner-wearing Dark Knight – played by Robert Pattinson, 35 – has soared to the ever-expanding Gotham City and to the box office in “The Batman,” which airs on HBO Max from Monday, April 18.

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Dustin Huang

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