Josh Hartnett Regrets Not Being Batman So He Could Be Tight With Christopher Nolan

“I said no because I was tired and wanted to spend more time with my friends and family. That’s frowned upon in this industry.”


Josh Hartnett at Comic Con

A little less than a year ago, Penny Dreadful star Josh Hartnett dropped a bombshell on Details. Not only did he turn down Superman Returns, but he also said “no thanks” to Spider-Man and Batman. That seems like three pretty ballsy decisions, but as he told the magazine, he was just a 22-year-old with agents who had no clue what they were doing. More importantly, he wanted to be respected as an artist and didn’t want to be pigeonholed as the Man of Steel.

Now, in a new interview with Playboy, Hartnett elaborated on the Batman decision, and because it’s easy to play the role of Captain Hindsight, we can’t help but wonder: Bro, what the hell were you thinking? Hartnett revealed that it was Christopher Nolan who wanted him to play Batman, and saying no to the director also cost him at least one more…

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