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Josh Hartnett turned down playing Batman, Superman and Spider-Man

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Most of you probably know Josh Hartnett turned down playing Superman in Bryan Singer's SUPERMAN RETURNS, but did you know the actor was also in talks to play Batman and Spider-Man, and turned both of those roles down as well? Hartnett revealed the news in a recent interview with Details for his new television series Penny Dreadful.

DETAILS: You're 35 now, but in your twenties, you got offered pretty much everything. You turned down Superman Returns, and you were in talks to play almost every other superhero.
Josh Hartnett: Spider-Man was something we talked about. Batman was another one. But I somehow knew those roles had potential to define me, and I didn't want that. I didn't want to be labeled as Superman for the rest of my career. I was maybe 22, but I saw the danger.

Hartnett goes on to say his agents weren't too happy with him.

I didn't have those agents for much longer after that. There was a lot of infighting between my manager and agents, trying to figure out who to put the blame on. It got to the point where none of us were able to work together.

Josh Hartnett also says now that he's older, he would consider playing Superman if Warner Bros. approached him.

I'd say, "Let's talk about how it would be done, see if we can get on the same page." Compromise doesn't scare me anymore.

Obviously Warner Bros. isn't going to bail on Henry Cavill, but I'm glad to see Josh Hartnett is a little more open to possibly appearing in a comic book movie.

I actually don't mind Josh Hartnett, however I don't think he would have been great in any of these roles. I still believe he would do an awesome job as a comic book character, but I just don't think Superman, Batman or Spider-Man would be a good fit for the actor.

How do you think Josh Hartnett should play in a comic book movie?

Josh Hartnett's Penny Dreadful will start airing on Showtime on May 11th, 2014, and the pilot episode is currently available on Youtube.

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7:58PM on 04/30/2014
I have to agree with some posters below, as I have been saying since the discussion came up again recently, he would make a kick ass Gambit for X-Men: Apocalypse and solo films.
I have to agree with some posters below, as I have been saying since the discussion came up again recently, he would make a kick ass Gambit for X-Men: Apocalypse and solo films.
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3:35PM on 04/30/2014

Well thank god!!!

Also what the fuck happened to his face, did dude get plastic surgery or have an accident?
Also what the fuck happened to his face, did dude get plastic surgery or have an accident?
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8:57AM on 04/30/2014
He was always an awful actor, so I'm glad his career is in the shitter. And I'm glad Hartnett never took any of those superhero roles, because those movies would have been terrible with him at the helm.
He was always an awful actor, so I'm glad his career is in the shitter. And I'm glad Hartnett never took any of those superhero roles, because those movies would have been terrible with him at the helm.
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12:14AM on 04/30/2014
I usually disagree with most of the comment section on casting but I could see a Hartnett Gambit. The character needs to be more slender like him and less bulky/muscular like Tatum.
I usually disagree with most of the comment section on casting but I could see a Hartnett Gambit. The character needs to be more slender like him and less bulky/muscular like Tatum.
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12:35AM on 04/30/2014
Tatum bulky? Are you looking somewhere that the rest of us guys aren't? He is lean sure, but not bulky in any sense of the word.
Tatum bulky? Are you looking somewhere that the rest of us guys aren't? He is lean sure, but not bulky in any sense of the word.
1:44AM on 04/30/2014
Yeah he's not the Rock or Bautista sure, but he's not as lanky and narrow as the character is is what I'm trying to say.
Yeah he's not the Rock or Bautista sure, but he's not as lanky and narrow as the character is is what I'm trying to say.
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8:41PM on 04/29/2014

Right.

That guy has dropped off the face of the Earth. He would be glad to hear them out now because his career's in the toilet. He was never a good actor, but you don't have to be to be good in a comic book movie. Ben Affleck isn't a great actor. Hartnett could be good in comic book role. He would make a pretty awesome Martian Manhunter. His voice would work well and his sort of one-note, brooding sensitivity could be perfect for the character,
That guy has dropped off the face of the Earth. He would be glad to hear them out now because his career's in the toilet. He was never a good actor, but you don't have to be to be good in a comic book movie. Ben Affleck isn't a great actor. Hartnett could be good in comic book role. He would make a pretty awesome Martian Manhunter. His voice would work well and his sort of one-note, brooding sensitivity could be perfect for the character,
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8:25PM on 04/29/2014
I think he made the right choices. Playing as Batman or Superman is a dream, but being in a DC superhero movie brings more trouble than it's worth especially when you're not Christian Bale. He was totally the wrong choice for the part of Peter Parker, though.
I think he made the right choices. Playing as Batman or Superman is a dream, but being in a DC superhero movie brings more trouble than it's worth especially when you're not Christian Bale. He was totally the wrong choice for the part of Peter Parker, though.
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7:53PM on 04/29/2014

What an asshole!

Great article on a guy who had an opportunity to do amazing things, to have a life that we can only dream about, to be SUPERHEROES....and said no...to all of it. He was cool for a hot minute in H20 an some other bullshit, but after that just quickly proved himself to be a idiot. Time has not been kind to Josh or his stupid decisions.
Great article on a guy who had an opportunity to do amazing things, to have a life that we can only dream about, to be SUPERHEROES....and said no...to all of it. He was cool for a hot minute in H20 an some other bullshit, but after that just quickly proved himself to be a idiot. Time has not been kind to Josh or his stupid decisions.
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5:20PM on 04/29/2014
Thanks to Hartnett for turning down those roles because he would have been terrible at all of them. To WB and Sony: What were you smoking?
Thanks to Hartnett for turning down those roles because he would have been terrible at all of them. To WB and Sony: What were you smoking?
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5:14PM on 04/29/2014

respect him for not doing it

I don't mind him but I don't think he would've been a good choice.
I don't mind him but I don't think he would've been a good choice.
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5:09PM on 04/29/2014
Hartnett made the decision to not star in any of these iconic roles, and I think we should respect that. Perhaps, in the future, he'd want to take on a comic book role, but only if he is comfortable with the script.
Hartnett made the decision to not star in any of these iconic roles, and I think we should respect that. Perhaps, in the future, he'd want to take on a comic book role, but only if he is comfortable with the script.
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2:32PM on 04/29/2014
Yeah I turned those roles down also.
Yeah I turned those roles down also.
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12:21AM on 04/30/2014
Wow, so you were touted by studios as a movie star as well? Why haven't I heard of you?
Wow, so you were touted by studios as a movie star as well? Why haven't I heard of you?
7:44AM on 04/30/2014
um.. maybe if he had accepted the roles you would have heard of him but hey, thats show biz I guess.
um.. maybe if he had accepted the roles you would have heard of him but hey, thats show biz I guess.
2:15PM on 04/29/2014

Give me a break

First of all why does any one believe what he says? Come on. Did Cory Feldman turn down these roles too? And second of all I've seen people with narcolepsy that have more dramatic range than Josh Hartnett.
First of all why does any one believe what he says? Come on. Did Cory Feldman turn down these roles too? And second of all I've seen people with narcolepsy that have more dramatic range than Josh Hartnett.
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12:20AM on 04/30/2014
Did you forget that Josh Hartnett was once an actor sold as a big movie star? Why wouldn't studios offer him these parts? More specifically, why would he lie about this?
Did you forget that Josh Hartnett was once an actor sold as a big movie star? Why wouldn't studios offer him these parts? More specifically, why would he lie about this?
1:36PM on 04/29/2014
He'd be better suited for a role in a Marvel movie. Not FOX or Sony Marvel but Disney Marvel's Marvel.
He'd be better suited for a role in a Marvel movie. Not FOX or Sony Marvel but Disney Marvel's Marvel.
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1:14PM on 04/29/2014

Ahead of his time

Strangely i think Josh made the right decision, probably went to the Daniel Day Lewis school of film; Actor first, celebrity second.

Seriously, how many actors and actresses have gone to bigger careers/roles after a superhero stint?

If he daring i'd like to see him tackle The Punisher.
Strangely i think Josh made the right decision, probably went to the Daniel Day Lewis school of film; Actor first, celebrity second.

Seriously, how many actors and actresses have gone to bigger careers/roles after a superhero stint?

If he daring i'd like to see him tackle The Punisher.
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2:11PM on 04/29/2014
Holy shit. As if there wasn't enough "Josh Hartnett is amazing" comments here you just compared him to Daniel Day-Louis. Congratulations!!!
Holy shit. As if there wasn't enough "Josh Hartnett is amazing" comments here you just compared him to Daniel Day-Louis. Congratulations!!!
7:54PM on 04/29/2014
Seriously, how many actors and actresses have gone to bigger careers/roles after a superhero stint?

Hugh Jackman
Christian Bale
Robert Downey Jr
Scarlett Johanssen
Jeremy Renner
Aaron Taylor Johnson
Seriously, how many actors and actresses have gone to bigger careers/roles after a superhero stint?

Hugh Jackman
Christian Bale
Robert Downey Jr
Scarlett Johanssen
Jeremy Renner
Aaron Taylor Johnson
4:26AM on 04/30/2014
Hugh Jackman - is stuck playing Wolverine and once he's done so's
his mega stardom. Why else does he sign on?

RDJ - See Hugh Jackman above and replace Wolverine with Iron Man.

ScarJo - I'm sorry but being the centre of controvesies such as Oscar nomination for voice acting and endorsing Isreali drinks doesnt count.

Jeremy Renner - Apart from that Bourne movie nothing big after that, I dunno do you want to defend Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters?

Aaron Taylor Johnson - Kick Ass and what
Hugh Jackman - is stuck playing Wolverine and once he's done so's
his mega stardom. Why else does he sign on?

RDJ - See Hugh Jackman above and replace Wolverine with Iron Man.

ScarJo - I'm sorry but being the centre of controvesies such as Oscar nomination for voice acting and endorsing Isreali drinks doesnt count.

Jeremy Renner - Apart from that Bourne movie nothing big after that, I dunno do you want to defend Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters?

Aaron Taylor Johnson - Kick Ass and what else??

Christian Bale - I admit e. How many projects was he offered post-batman fame? Its not like he got flood with them and besides he worked with David O. Russell before on The Fighter
7:57PM on 04/30/2014
Everyone named below had an established career, regardless of how controversial, prior to their stint as a superhero. I think Josh Hartnett was saying that at that early in his career he didn't want to take a role that would typecast him as a superhero or action star and that was it.
Everyone named below had an established career, regardless of how controversial, prior to their stint as a superhero. I think Josh Hartnett was saying that at that early in his career he didn't want to take a role that would typecast him as a superhero or action star and that was it.
11:01PM on 04/30/2014
ActionFan81....no. Just no.
ActionFan81....no. Just no.
12:50PM on 04/29/2014

Gambit, he would be perfect for it.

Gambit, he would be perfect for it.
Gambit, he would be perfect for it.
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1:01PM on 04/29/2014
Gambit is my favorite superhero and I totally agree, he would be awesome.
Gambit is my favorite superhero and I totally agree, he would be awesome.
12:00PM on 04/29/2014
This guy has been dope since the Faculty. I'm always rooting for him.
This guy has been dope since the Faculty. I'm always rooting for him.
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11:51AM on 04/29/2014
I've always liked Hartnett. He's a good actor, and always has been. I can't see him as Spider-Man or Superman, but he would have been a solid Batman. Certainly a far better choice than Affleck.
I've always liked Hartnett. He's a good actor, and always has been. I can't see him as Spider-Man or Superman, but he would have been a solid Batman. Certainly a far better choice than Affleck.
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11:19AM on 04/29/2014
I can see him play Deadman.
I can see him play Deadman.
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11:14AM on 04/29/2014
I wonder too if he didn't want the pressure of playing a character and facing the backlash from fanboys. I mean, I don't see him playing any of those superhero's and possibly he didn't either. Could have went the other way and made him a huge star (Hugh Jackman, or RDJ), but I still respect him as an actor even though he isn't in a lot of films.
I wonder too if he didn't want the pressure of playing a character and facing the backlash from fanboys. I mean, I don't see him playing any of those superhero's and possibly he didn't either. Could have went the other way and made him a huge star (Hugh Jackman, or RDJ), but I still respect him as an actor even though he isn't in a lot of films.
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11:11AM on 04/29/2014
What's the difference between a manager and an agent?
What's the difference between a manager and an agent?
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12:31PM on 04/29/2014
Watch a little bit of Entourage!
Watch a little bit of Entourage!
1:13PM on 04/29/2014
One's an a$$hole, the others a backstabber.
One's an a$$hole, the others a backstabber.
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10:47AM on 04/29/2014

Potential

He could play a good Gambit if Taint boy passes.
He could play a good Gambit if Taint boy passes.
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11:11AM on 04/29/2014
Taint Boy, hahaha

And yes, definitely let him audition for Gambit
Taint Boy, hahaha

And yes, definitely let him audition for Gambit
12:10PM on 04/29/2014
Nailed it!
Nailed it!
10:37AM on 04/29/2014
I've always enjoyed Harnett and his work. I'm glad he didn't accept or get any of the roles mentioned above because he doesn't really seem to fit any of the characters....except for maybe Spider Man.

But if he were cast in a comic book film, I have to agree with Jedd the Jedi down below in thinking he would make for a pretty good Daredevil.
I've always enjoyed Harnett and his work. I'm glad he didn't accept or get any of the roles mentioned above because he doesn't really seem to fit any of the characters....except for maybe Spider Man.

But if he were cast in a comic book film, I have to agree with Jedd the Jedi down below in thinking he would make for a pretty good Daredevil.
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10:30AM on 04/29/2014
After his turn in Pearl Harbor I was convinced here was a guy who could be a huge star. His career has been really less than stellar. You gotta take good roles and chances.
After his turn in Pearl Harbor I was convinced here was a guy who could be a huge star. His career has been really less than stellar. You gotta take good roles and chances.
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10:28AM on 04/29/2014
Well, we do need a new Green Lantern since that was royally screwed up.
Well, we do need a new Green Lantern since that was royally screwed up.
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2:20PM on 04/29/2014
Shh. Don't let you know who hear you.
Shh. Don't let you know who hear you.
10:21AM on 04/29/2014
I think he'd be a decent Daredevil. If he were a little younger, he could make a good Danny Ketch too.
I think he'd be a decent Daredevil. If he were a little younger, he could make a good Danny Ketch too.
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10:19AM on 04/29/2014
He definitely was the weakest link in the episode, especially with scenes alongside Timothy Dalton.
But it was only the first episode so hopefully he'll settle in to the role and improve.
He definitely was the weakest link in the episode, especially with scenes alongside Timothy Dalton.
But it was only the first episode so hopefully he'll settle in to the role and improve.
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10:17AM on 04/29/2014

Respect.

Always loved Hartnett. Its hard turning down those roles for sure, and maybe it wasnt the smart career choice for him as I havent seen him in a whole lot the past few years, but the guy oozes talent. Loved him in Slevin, Sin City, Black Hawk Down, 30 Days of Night, the list goes on. Especially after watching the lackluster Hollywood Homicide, I have felt like he really is our younger version of Harrison Ford. If he needs a franchise, Disney needs to offer him the lead in the new Indiana
Always loved Hartnett. Its hard turning down those roles for sure, and maybe it wasnt the smart career choice for him as I havent seen him in a whole lot the past few years, but the guy oozes talent. Loved him in Slevin, Sin City, Black Hawk Down, 30 Days of Night, the list goes on. Especially after watching the lackluster Hollywood Homicide, I have felt like he really is our younger version of Harrison Ford. If he needs a franchise, Disney needs to offer him the lead in the new Indiana Jones movies.
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