Josh Hartnett denies turning down Batman and Spider-Man roles

Josh Hartnett has denied turning down parts in three major superhero movies.In recent years, various publications have reported that the Pearl Harbor actor had skipped on opportunities to play Spider-Man, Batman, and Superman in different projects. Ho…

Josh Hartnett has denied turning down parts in three major superhero movies.

In recent years, various publications have reported that the Pearl Harbor actor had skipped on opportunities to play Spider-Man, Batman, and Superman in different projects.

However, Josh has now insisted those claims weren’t entirely accurate.

“I didn’t turn down Spider-Man. I don’t know where that came from. I’d only turned down Superman as a straight-up offer,” he told Variety in a new interview. “But I was, at that time of my career, where a lot of people were asking me to do those types of movies.

“I was having meetings with those directors and people were saying: ‘Would you be interested?’ I talked to them about what they were doing, and I ultimately decided I wasn’t, but that was a very privileged place for a young man to be in. I’m a little bit outside of the box and had the leverage to do that, and that’s the direction I chose.”

Back in 2015, Josh told a reporter at Playboy magazine he was offered the role of Batman but “decided it wasn’t for me”. Yet, in his most recent chat, the star backtracked on that comment and insisted the role “wasn’t an audition or an offer”.

“It was a conversation with the director (Christopher Nolan),” the 41-year-old explained. “I think there’s a lot of misinformation out there. When you say one thing one time about it, and now it gets blown up. But I don’t really care to tell that story over and over again.”

Christian Bale was eventually cast as Batman in Nolan’s trilogy, and the character has since been played by Ben Affleck, while Robert Pattinson will make his debut as the Caped Crusader in the upcoming DC Comics flick, The Batman.

Henry Cavill is the current Superman, while Tom Holland currently has the part of Spider-Man.

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Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck call for release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League cut

Justice League stars Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck have called for Warner Bros. chiefs to release Zack Snyder’s cut of the film.The filmmaker was in charge of the DC Extended Universe, but was forced to pull out of directing Justice League midway through p…

Justice League stars Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck have called for Warner Bros. chiefs to release Zack Snyder’s cut of the film.

The filmmaker was in charge of the DC Extended Universe, but was forced to pull out of directing Justice League midway through production to deal with a family tragedy, leaving Avengers director Joss Whedon to complete the movie, which was panned by critics upon its 2017 release.

A version that stays true to Snyder’s vision still exists, and now several of its stars are calling on studio bosses to make it available to fans.

Both Gadot, who played Amazonian hero Wonder Woman, and Affleck, who portrayed Batman, tweeted the hashtag, “#ReleaseTheSnyderCut,” with Snyder also backing its release.

“This ancient Amazonian can’t be wrong. #releasethesnydercut,” he wrote after quoting Gadot’s post.

Ray Fisher, who played Justice League member Cyborg, also backed the release of the cut, posting a photo of himself in an American football uniform – a scene that did not appear in the original cinematic release.

Aquaman star Jason Momoa claims to have seen Snyder’s version of the movie, telling MTV News earlier this month: “I have seen it. I have seen the Snyder Cut, so… think the public needs to see it.

“I’m obviously indebted to Warner and DC, and I don’t know how they feel about it. As a fan, I’m very, very happy that I got to see it.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. executives have no immediate plans to release Snyder’s cut of Justice League, but other reports have claimed it could debut on WarnerMedia’s planned HBO Max streaming service.

The original Justice League was eviscerated by critics and disappointed at the box office, earning $657 million (£508 million) worldwide against a mammoth $300 million (£232 million) production budget.

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Joker becomes first R-rated movie to hit $1 billion at worldwide box office

Joker has become the first R-rated movie to hit $1 billion (£771 million) at the worldwide box office.The psychological thriller, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as the titular Batman villain, reached the milestone on Friday, according to editors at Deadl…

Joker has become the first R-rated movie to hit $1 billion (£771 million) at the worldwide box office.

The psychological thriller, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as the titular Batman villain, reached the milestone on Friday, according to editors at Deadline.

Directed by Todd Phillips, the film follows the story of failed comedian Arthur Fleck, who begins a slow descent into madness and transforms into the criminal mastermind called Joker after he is disregarded by society.

The movie joins three other DC superhero movies released by Warner Bros. to reach the coveted milestone: Aquaman, which raked in $1.148 billion (£879 million), 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, which hit $1.08 billion (£832 million), and The Dark Knight in 2008, which made just over $1 billion (£774 million).

The latter films were directed by Christopher Nolan, with The Dark Knight also featuring the Joker, who was played by the late Heath Ledger. The Australian actor won a posthumous Oscar for his unnerving performance, which was collected by his family at the 2009 Academy Awards.

Joker is also the seventh film by Warner Bros. to cross the $1 billion mark, joining the likes of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Last month, Phillips’s bleak comic book drama also overtook The Matrix Reloaded and Deadpool 2 as the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all-time.

And as reporters at Forbes have noted, the success of Joker was helped by the upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die and superhero flick Wonder Woman 1984.

Both films were due to be released earlier this month but were rescheduled to April and June 2020, respectively.

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Christopher Nolan never wanted to make a fourth Batman movie

Christian Bale has explained why Christopher Nolan never wanted to make a fourth Batman movie.The British writer/director helmed the first of his superhero trilogy, Batman Begins, back in 2005, starring Bale as Gotham City’s crime-fighting superhero. …

Christian Bale has explained why Christopher Nolan never wanted to make a fourth Batman movie.

The British writer/director helmed the first of his superhero trilogy, Batman Begins, back in 2005, starring Bale as Gotham City’s crime-fighting superhero.

Nolan went on to make The Dark Knight in 2008, and four years later, he concluded his trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises, which saw Bruce Wayne retiring his alter-ego and eloping with Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman.

Now, Bale has opened up about the filmmaker’s decision to decline on making another Batman movie.

“I literally had people laugh at me when I told them we were doing a new kind of Batman,” the 45-year-old told the Toronto Sun. “I think that the reason it worked was first and foremost Chris’s take on it. But also, we never were arrogant to assume that we had an opportunity beyond one film at a time. ”

He went on to note that Nolan worked on the idea that his Dark Knight saga would always be a trilogy.

“Chris had always said to me that if we were fortunate to be able to make three, we would stop,” Bale shared.

Despite The Dark Knight Rises making more than $1.08 billion (£832 million) at the worldwide box office when it was released in 2012, the Oscar winner supported Nolan when he turned down a lucrative fourth Batman movie.

“Then when they inevitably came to us and said, ‘How about a number four?’ I said, ‘No. We have to stick to Chris’s dream, which was always to, hopefully, do a trilogy. Let’s not stretch too far and become overindulgent and go for a fourth. That’s why we, well Chris, stepped away. After that I was informed my services were no longer required,” he laughed, referencing Ben Affleck stepping into Bruce Wayne’s shoes for Justice League in 2017.

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Robert Pattinson wants to lose himself in Batman role

Robert Pattinson wants to lose himself in his portrayal of Batman.The Brit is the next actor to take on the DC Comics hero and is looking to make his experience on director Matt Reeves’ upcoming blockbuster as immersive as possible. “Now that I’m start…

Robert Pattinson wants to lose himself in his portrayal of Batman.

The Brit is the next actor to take on the DC Comics hero and is looking to make his experience on director Matt Reeves’ upcoming blockbuster as immersive as possible.

“Now that I’m starting to get into it, I don’t want to approach it as kind of a big studio thing where all you’re really doing is thinking about your trailer. I want to approach it in exactly the same way (I usually do), I want it to be frightening, I want it to be something you lose yourself in,” he told the BBC. “It’s more difficult to do because it’s such a familiar character to lots of people, but I think… if you can find a way to lose yourself in it, I think that’s really exciting.”

The Twilight star found out he was going to play the crime-fighting alter ego of billionaire Bruce Wayne while filming Christopher Nolan’s mysterious new espionage drama, Tenet.

“I wanted to do something on a big stage, and so I ended up doing Chris Nolan’s movie, which I was really, really happy about at the beginning of this year. And then Batman was kind of a surprise to me,” he explained.

Pattinson is currently starring in The Lighthouse opposite Willem Dafoe and recently revealed that he was inspired by the Hollywood veteran when trying out new voices for Batman.

“Willem’s voice in this was quite inspiring for it, to be honest,” he told Access Hollywood. “It is pretty similar, the voice I’m gonna do, to Willem’s. I think Batman has a sort of piratey kind of voice – I think that will really suit it.”

The Batman, also starring Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman and Paul Dano as The Riddler, will be released in 2021.

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Robert Pattinson doesn’t see Batman as a hero

Robert Pattinson has insisted he won’t be playing Batman as a hero.The Twilight actor was confirmed to star as Gotham City’s Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’s The Batman back in June, and his co-stars have been coming together in recent weeks, with Zoe K…

Robert Pattinson has insisted he won’t be playing Batman as a hero.

The Twilight actor was confirmed to star as Gotham City’s Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’s The Batman back in June, and his co-stars have been coming together in recent weeks, with Zoe Kravitz confirmed to portray Catwoman and Jeffrey Wright and Paul Dano set to play Commissioner Gordon and the Riddler, respectively.

During an interview with The New York Times, the reporter stated, “You were saying earlier that we should be sceptical of any actor who wants to play the hero, and yet here you are playing Batman,” and Pattinson replied that he doesn’t consider the iconic comic book character to be one.

“Batman’s not a hero, though. He’s a complicated character. I don’t think I could ever play a real hero – there’s always got to be something a little bit wrong. I think it’s because one of my eyes is smaller than the other one,” he said.

He explained that he was drawn to the film because he’s a fan of Reeves and considers Batman to be a “dope” character.

“His morality is a little bit off. He’s not the golden boy, unlike almost every other comic-book character. There is a simplicity to his worldview, but where it sits is strange, which allows you to have more scope with the character,” the 33-year-old shared.

Pattinson also noted that fans should take any comments he makes about Batman with a pinch of salt because he has “said so many ridiculous things over the years” and sometimes wonders afterwards where the “screaming nonsense” came from.

The actor’s casting received a mixed reaction online but he was expecting much worse, particularly after his experience with Twilight.

“Maybe I’m just used to abuse by now. At least I didn’t get death threats this time – that’s a plus! It’s funny that people are so very angry about Twilight. I never particularly understood it,” he added.

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Todd Phillips was intimidated by Joker star Joaquin Phoenix

Todd Phillips has heaped praise on his Joker leading man Joaquin Phoenix, insisting it was intimidating to work with “one of the greats” at first. The Hangover director had long been a fan of the actor before casting him as Batman’s nemesis in the new …

Todd Phillips has heaped praise on his Joker leading man Joaquin Phoenix, insisting it was intimidating to work with “one of the greats” at first.

The Hangover director had long been a fan of the actor before casting him as Batman’s nemesis in the new origins movie, which recently picked up the Golden Lion award for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival in Italy, and he admits he was a joy to work with.

“To me, Joaquin is just one of the greats,” Phillips told WENN. “That was my first time working with Joaquin and it was intimidating at first because I hold him in a special place. But I quickly got over that and we got along really well.

“It was a very intense collaboration. Joaquin’s previous work always stuck with me, but what I really like about him is his style and his unpredictability, which we felt would very much fit into this character. While other people are doing math, Joaquin is playing jazz. He’s just one of the greatest, he’s fearless; his work is brave and vulnerable, and I thought if we could get him, we could really do something special.”

And Phillips was impressed with his leading man’s commitment to the character. Phoenix lost 52 pounds (23.5 kilograms) for the role and often survived on little more than an apple a day.

“I wanted the character to look hungry and unhealthy, like a malnourished wolf,” he explained.

The filmmaker has also shot down rumours of a sequel to Joker, and revealed he pitched the movie to Warner Bros. executives as a standalone film.

“We have no plans for a sequel,” Phillips explained to reporters at IGN. “The movie’s not set up to (have) a sequel. We always pitched it as one movie, and that’s it.”

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Rihanna wants Poison Ivy role in The Batman

Rihanna wants to audition for the role of Poison Ivy in the new Batman film. The star sparked speculation she might be set to play Catwoman in The Batman, the Robert Pattinson fronted reboot of the superhero franchise, after donning Catwoman style lea…

Rihanna wants to audition for the role of Poison Ivy in the new Batman film.

The star sparked speculation she might be set to play Catwoman in The Batman, the Robert Pattinson fronted reboot of the superhero franchise, after donning Catwoman style leather boots in an Instagram video she dubbed, “Bat-mobile, but make it fashion!”

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight at her 5th Annual Diamond Ball in New York City on Thursday, the Umbrella hitmaker shot down the Catwoman casting rumours – but revealed she’s desperate to play another of the Dark Knight’s nemeses.

“That (post) has to do a lot with Batman (because) I have separate obsessions,” Rihanna revealed. “I have (a) bigger obsession with Poison Ivy, I’m just being honest. And yeah, I died my hair red because of Uma Thurman in the original.”

Thurman played Poison Ivy, a red-headed villain who uses mind-controlling plant toxins for criminal ends, in 1997’s Batman & Robin. However, the film was a flop, and the character has not appeared in an official Batman movie since.

Rihanna revealed she would love to audition, adding: “You know what, they didn’t call me yet. But if they did, I would love to go in and try out because Poison Ivy is one of my obsessions in life. I did it for Halloween one year, I mean come on!”

The singer has previously been linked to the role, with editors at website HotNewHipHop claiming Warner Bros. chiefs are considering handing her the part.

The villains for The Batman, which debuts in 2021, are yet to be announced, but director Matt Reeves has revealed there will be a “rogues gallery” of different bad guys – meaning Rihanna’s favourite character could be featured.

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Robert Pattinson struggled to grow moustache for latest role

Robert Pattinson struggled to grow a moustache for his upcoming role in Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse.The actor, 33, plays Ephraim Winslow in the black-and-white flick, about two lighthouse keepers who slowly go insane when they’re stuck on a remote is…

Robert Pattinson struggled to grow a moustache for his upcoming role in Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse.

The actor, 33, plays Ephraim Winslow in the black-and-white flick, about two lighthouse keepers who slowly go insane when they’re stuck on a remote island together. And while the Twilight actor sports a dark, imposing moustache for the role, he told Entertainment Tonight it didn’t come naturally.

“The only thing about the ‘stache is I had to keep dying it all the time because my moustache is very blonde,” he laughed during a chat at the Toronto International Film Festival. “It kinda looks like… like I’m a 12-year-old with a hormone problem.”

The star, who was recently announced as the latest actor to play DC Comics superhero Batman in 2021’s The Batman, went on to share that filming the movie was an intense experience, with the majority of scenes shot on location in Nova Scotia, Canada.

However, he confessed the extreme elements helped him immerse himself in the story, adding: “The conditions are nice though. It’s nice when something feels real.”

Robert appears alongside Willem Dafoe in The Lighthouse, which debuts in cinemas next month.

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Christian Bale approves of Robert Pattinson as Batman

Former Batman actor Christian Bale approves of Robert Pattinson taking on the role of the Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’s upcoming movie.The 45-year-old played the superhero in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins in 2005, before reprising his role in the…

Former Batman actor Christian Bale approves of Robert Pattinson taking on the role of the Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’s upcoming movie.

The 45-year-old played the superhero in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins in 2005, before reprising his role in the sequels – 2008’s The Dark Knight and 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises.

Ben Affleck later took on the part for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, but in May, it was confirmed Pattinson would play the character in The Batman, and Bale has now offered his seal of approval.

“Good choice! He’s interesting,” the Oscar winner told Variety at the Toronto Film Festival on Sunday, where he is promoting biographical action movie Ford v Ferrari.

Of his best advice for Pattinson, he stated: “Oh, same as Ben (Affleck), just be able to pee by yourself… You don’t feel like a superhero when you aren’t able to p**s by yourself.”

Additionally, Bale expanded on his thoughts during a discussion with an Entertainment Tonight reporter at the same event.

“All the best to him! You know, I think he’s an absolutely fantastic actor,” he praised. “Wonderful choice for Batman!”

Producers have not yet announced other casting details for The Batman, though the film is slated to hit cinemas in June 2021.

While plot details remain under wraps, Pattinson did divulge during a recent interview with Variety that he had tried on the Batsuit.

“I put it on. I remember saying to Matt (Reeves), ‘It does feel quite transformative!’ He was like, ‘I would hope it does! You’re literally in the Batsuit,'” the 33-year-old recalled. “You do feel very powerful immediately.”

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