Josh Hartnett Was Up For SPIDER-MAN, BATMAN & SUPERMAN Roles

Josh Hartnett Was Up For SPIDER-MAN, BATMAN & SUPERMAN Roles

But turned them all down! In an in-depth interview with Details, the 30 Days Of Night actor explains why he turned his back on Hollywood to focus on more indie projects -- but also reveals that he'd be much more open to cape-persuasion nowadays. More after the jump.

Josh Hartnett's name has been linked with a few big superhero roles over the years, but things never progressed beyond very early casting rumor. Recently the actor has shied away from big Hollywood blockbusters (he will next appear in the Showtime horror series Penny Dreadful), and in an interesting interview with Hartnett explains why he became disheartened, and why some of the bigger roles he was linked to caused him to back away. We already knew that there were some whispers of him being up for Kal El in Bryan Singer's Superman Returns, but it turns out he was in line to play another couple of massive comic book heroes too! “Spider-Man was something we talked about. Batman was another one. 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.” However, now 35, it seems Hartnett wouldn't be so apprehensive about sticking a costume on. When asked how he's respond now if Warner Bros. called up and asked him to wear a cape, he sounds much more open to it. "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." Out of the superhero roles that are left, who do you think would be a good fit for Hartnett?
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Tuuralihn - 4/29/2014, 5:11 AM
Could've made a good Nightwing, but I dont see him as Bats or Supes. First?
nuclearpriest - 4/29/2014, 5:15 AM
And now he has parlayed that autonomy into a Showtime tv show, well done genius!
LEEE777 - 4/29/2014, 5:17 AM
Maybe Josh Hartnett could play someone, someday, [frick] knows who tho :p
Zoro - 4/29/2014, 5:19 AM
Who is this guy?
DaVinci31 - 4/29/2014, 5:21 AM

Penny Dreadful sounds interesting, though.
DaVinci31 - 4/29/2014, 5:23 AM
Unfortunately for him, I already associate him with "that guy with the long-sleeve" from The Faculty.

batz11 - 4/29/2014, 5:24 AM
He's from my state, must be cool...gotta respect a guy who does what he wants, and not what his agent wants...
Bekss - 4/29/2014, 5:25 AM
Not every actor has to be a big star, he has done good things.

Nobody sees Dicaprio as Jack, only a few women. And. I'm sure almost no one sees Hanks as Woody.
What you're saying is true but those were not the best examples.
SuperCat - 4/29/2014, 5:28 AM
He was great in "30 Days of Night." Can't see him as Bats or Supes though. Maybe Spider-Man.
Pasto - 4/29/2014, 5:31 AM
Isn't The Faculty about some high-schoolers who are aliens or something?
driver - 4/29/2014, 5:33 AM
Spider-Man sure, Batman and Supes not so much! But he can be Daredevil. I remember when David Slade the director of 30 Days of Night was attached and he was thinking about Josh! Could've been cool.
batz11 - 4/29/2014, 5:33 AM
...anybody ripping the guy, mad props for his lady history, including ScarJo!

Check out some names he's [frick]ed, mad respect! haha
Pasto - 4/29/2014, 5:33 AM
batz is such a slut.
JohnTom88 - 4/29/2014, 5:33 AM
I remember that David Slade wants him to be as Fox new Daredevil before rights went back to Marvel.

If Disney offer him big screen Daredevil I bet he bite that offer.
QuestiontheAnswer - 4/29/2014, 5:37 AM
I could see him as a side character like Steve Trevor.
batz11 - 4/29/2014, 5:39 AM
...they call me Dr. Love...
UltimateTypeface - 4/29/2014, 5:40 AM

He could maybe be Matt Murdoch in the Netflix show???

Nubase - 4/29/2014, 5:41 AM
he needs a big movie, he was raising star at one point then went missing, he is a good actor and does not need a cbm to boost his career, l see Nolan hiring him for one of his movie
DaVinci31 - 4/29/2014, 5:41 AM

Famke Janssen plays a hot, alien-teacher, and honestly that is all you need to know.
Brainiac13 - 4/29/2014, 5:41 AM
Before I knew about Cavill.......this guy was my choice. He was good in 30 Days Of Night.
KallarkKent - 4/29/2014, 5:42 AM
Chris Evans had similar problems committing to Cap. It is understandable that someone in that position would have doubts about it.
MsDarkPhoenix - 4/29/2014, 5:42 AM
@batz Did you google who has Josh Hartnett dated??
MrBatmor - 4/29/2014, 5:43 AM
One unlucky actor!!!
Pasto - 4/29/2014, 5:43 AM
Isn't there some scene where a girl is fully nude and in a locker room? Or am I smashing two scenes together.
MrBatmor - 4/29/2014, 5:44 AM
Woah..!!hey @pheony... What are you doing here so early!!
DaVinci31 - 4/29/2014, 5:44 AM

I wouldn't be surprised.
AlexanderLykins - 4/29/2014, 5:45 AM
If he was a little shorter, possibly Robert Downey Jr.'s replacement?
batmanvsuperman - 4/29/2014, 5:45 AM
Awesome actor and I love the faculty one of my fav but I can see him in a super hero movie don't know who but its a lot of roles he can play
MrBatmor - 4/29/2014, 5:45 AM
@batz wtf!! I take it back... This is one lucky actor...
beto - 4/29/2014, 5:45 AM
Did someone up there just said that DiCaprio and TOm Hanks are defined by a single role?

Pasto - 4/29/2014, 5:45 AM
And didn't the students become aliens by sticking some substance in a needle into their arms?
JR - 4/29/2014, 5:46 AM
what a waste of potential
Brainiac13 - 4/29/2014, 5:47 AM
Josh Hartnett was offered $100 million to play Superman and turned it down
MsDarkPhoenix - 4/29/2014, 5:48 AM
@batmor Early? It's 15.50 here. Well you are right I'm usually here at night but whatever. How are you sweetie?
batmanvsuperman - 4/29/2014, 5:48 AM
Yo @questiontheanswer I was just watching the wonder woman 2009 movie and thought the same thang Steve Trevor prefect
Brainiac13 - 4/29/2014, 5:48 AM
In that story, Jor-El commits suicide in Kryptonian jail before being visited in Kryptonian Heaven by his dead son Superman. Flyby was to be directed by Brett Ratner, who was later replaced by McG, who was later replaced by Bryan Singer, who completed Superman Returns. Actors associated with the Flyby project included Josh Hartnett, who was offered $100 million for a three-film stint as Superman, as well as Jude Law, Paul Walker, Brendan Fraser and Ashton Kutcher.
DaVinci31 - 4/29/2014, 5:48 AM

Yep. Also, Elijah Wood and Usher were in it.

The late 90s were weird for everyone.
HulkSMASH0000 - 4/29/2014, 5:49 AM
Pasto - 4/29/2014, 5:50 AM
Good going asshole, I now remember that film.

Spock0Clock - 4/29/2014, 5:50 AM
I remember how he was such a hot property in the early 2000's, but then he just faded away. Glad he's not involved in major CBMs, honestly. He's like the Mark Wahlberg of completely bland Hollywood actor guys.
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