9 Sep – Josh Brolin confirms the rumours that he was in talks to play Batman with filmmaker Zack Snyder were true. Had the "Jonah Hex" actor gotten the role, he would have played opposite Henry Cavill's Superman in the Superman-Batman film.
In a recent interview, when asked if he had a word with Snyder about the role, Brolin told Huffington Post, "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."
The role of Batman went to the two-time Oscar winning "Daredevil" actor Ben Affleck instead, which had upset Batman fans, resulting in an online backlash. Brolin however, expressed sympathy for Affleck.
"I've never seen such a global reaction in my life," Brolin said. "I feel for him, truly. I would not want to be him right now. The reaction becomes so personal," added Brolin. "It's like, '[Expletive] 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.'"
When asked if he is glad not to be in the hot seat, Brolin said, "I think I might have said that like 15 years ago, but now, because of the Internet, man, I just feel for anybody who gets lambasted at that level. I want him to kick ass and I want everyone to love it and kind of eat their words."
Brolin was recently at the Toronto Film Festival to promote his latest film "Labour Day" which was written and directed by Jason Reitman and is based on a novel by Joyce Maynard. It is set for limited release by Paramount on Christmas Day this year in North America.
In the film, Brolin plays an escaped convict named Frank who who manages to charm his way into the house of a single mother to take refuge. While intended to be a dangerous character, Brolin said, Reitman had encourage him to give the character a softer side.
"There's something about this guy where the nerves are always exposed. And he's not really shutting it down with this prison idea of toughness," Brolin said. "I'd be doing scenes and suddenly I'd start to shake. I'd be like, I don't know what's happening to me, dude."
Brolin is also set to star in "Oldboy" directed by Spike Lee and written by Mark Protosevich that will be out in November. It is a remake of the 2003 award-winning South Korean film also called "Oldboy".
Brolin is also set to star in the 2014 films, "Inherent Vice" and "Sin City" sequel "Sin City: Dame To Kill."