Zack Snyder Reveals His Surprising Second Choice To Play BATMAN If Ben Affleck Had Declined

Zack Snyder Reveals His Surprising Second Choice To Play BATMAN If Ben Affleck Had Declined

When Zack Snyder was in the process of casting Bruce Wayne for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, he had a surprising back-up choice in mind in case Ben Affleck decided to pass on the role...

Zack Snyder has revealed which actor he had in mind to play the Dark Knight in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on the off chance that Ben Affleck turned down the role, and we are positive you will never guess who it is!

During his recent appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, The Army of the Dead director was asked if he had anyone else lined up to step into the iconic cape and cowl if Affleck had passed, and revealed that he was considering casting a lesser-known actor as Bruce Wayne: Matthias Schoenaerts!

"I was talking to (Matthias) a lot about it," said Snyder. "He never got in the suit, but I did do a bunch of mock-ups of him, because Ben was on the fence. And I don't blame him. Everyone should be on the fence when you're asked, 'Do you want to play Batman?"

Just in case you don't recognize the name, Schoenaerts is a Belgian actor who has appeared in the likes of Rust and Bone, The Drop, and Red Sparrow. More recently, he made an impression as immortal warrior Booker in Netflix's The Old Guard.

It sounds like Affleck did take some convincing to accept the part, so there's a chance Schoenaerts really could have ended up playing Batman. He certainly seems like an outside-the-box pick, but could have done something interesting with the character for sure.

What do you guys think? Could you see Matthias Schoenaerts suiting-up as the Caped Crusader?

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