Mistake: Josh Hartnett turned down Batman – Bale ultimately got the job

I’m certainly joining the chorus of people that wished Hartnett had taken up Nolan’s off to play the new Batman.  Marianne Zumberge reports,

“I’ve definitely said no to some of the wrong people,” Hartnett told the magazine. “I learned my lesson when Christopher Nolan and I talked about Batman. I decided it wasn’t for me. Then he didn’t want to put me in ‘The Prestige.’ They not only hired their Batman for it, they also hired my girlfriend (Scarlett Johansson) at the time.”

Hartnett went on to explain that he didn’t reject the offer due to any beef with Nolan, whom he describes as “incredibly cool and very talented,” but that his decision was a result of his resistance to being boxed in as only a blockbuster star. The role instead went to Christian Bale.

Perhaps if he would have taken the role, circumstances would have led us to someone else other than Ben Affleck as the new, upcoming Caped Crusader.  Oh, Josh – what did you do…

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    • I don’t think Hartnett has a choice of roles now. It was stupid to pass on Batman & he does state that he was passed over for a role in The Prestige which indicates he’s on a blacklist. From what I know of him, he’s a bit too introspective, like Keanu Reeves, but he decided to navel gaze before making a truck full of cash.