Clint Eastwood says he was offered the role of Superman

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

This strikes us as an odd casting choice, but Clint Eastwood just revealed that he was offered the role of Superman earlier in his career, when he was a wee lad of just 48. Eastwood passed on the role, of course, and it went to Christopher Reeve.

Eastwood told Heroes Complex that he's glad he missed out on the superhero craze ("Thank God that I didn't have to do that") and wouldn't have made a good Superman anyway.

"I can remember - and this was many years ago - when [Warner Bros. President] Frank Wells came to me about doing Superman. So it could have happened. This was when they first started to think about making it. I was like, 'Superman? Nah, nah, that's not for me.' Not that there's anything wrong with it. It's for somebody, but not me."

He was also worried he'd get stereotyped in the role, which happened to both Christopher Reeve and George Reeves.

"That was part of the consideration, a big part," Eastwood said. "Look at Reeve, he was excellent. That was a big factor. You get a role like that, and it locks you in a bit. True, I had the western genre and the 'Dirty Harry' role, but everybody made westerns and did cop movies; they didn't seem as bad," as far as typecasting.

When it was suggested to Eastwood that he might be more of a Batman type, the 80-year-old actor/director said he preferred another comic hero. "The Sub-Mariner, that's the one I always liked. I had all of those comics when I was a kid."