We almost got this guy as Batman in Man of Steel 2 instead of Affleck

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Sep 9, 2013, 3:24 PM EDT (Updated)

You didn't think Ben Affleck was the only actor in the running, did you? 

There were a number of names that were bandied around before Ben Affleck was officially cast as the new Bruce Wayne, and at least one of those actors was actually up for the role -- Josh Brolin.

When asked if he'd been approached and talked about the possibility of him taking on the role, Brolin revealed that "We did. I didn't have conversations about it, but Zack, that was part of his idea. It just didn't turn out. It's OK. It is OK. You know, another scenario might have worked better, but I'm happy for Ben."

But what Brolin is less happy about is the now-infamous public outcry after Affleck's casting.

I've never seen such a global reaction in my life. I feel for him, truly. I would not want to be him right now. The reaction becomes so personal. It's like, 'F**k this guy, I wish he was dead.' And you're like, 'What? Dude, seriously? This guy is just working like you are. He's doing the same thing you are. He's trying to make the best choices he can.

Brolin, for his part, says of Affleck, "I want him to kick ass, and I want everyone to love it and kind of eat their words."

At this point, though, much of the negativity towards Affleck has ebbed. Still, there's a part of us that would have loved to see the gritty Brolin be the Dark Knight.

(via The Huffington Post)

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