12 Hollywood Actors Who Rejected These Iconic Superhero Movies
Do you know which role was offered to Will Smith?
Superhero movies are mostly a sure-shot way to success for filmmakers and actors, and even though these films are a favorite among fans, not all actors want to take these roles. Yes, it’s shocking but true. Some actors have turned down the role of a superhero for various reasons and didn’t even regret it.
The Popple has compiled a list of great Hollywood actors who rejected iconic superhero movies.
Matt Damon | Daredevil
In his interview with Peter Travers, American actor Matt Damon said: “I passed on the film Daredevil, to be fair, (to) Ben (Affleck) has got a whole story.”
He admitted that script wasn’t his type, he didn’t know the director, so he had to divorce his emotions from it.
Emily Blunt | Black Widow
There’s an old saying, “If you’re an actor and Marvel calls, you always say yes.”
But it turns out Emily and a lot of other Hollywood stars do not believe in it, despite knowing the fact Marvel has turned a lot of local actors into global icons.
Emily Blunt refused the role of Black Widow.
Josh Hartnett | Spider-Man, Batman and Superman
When Christopher Nolan offered him the role, Josh Hartnett turned it down. He regreted it later and agreed that this decision had put a detrimental impact on his career.
Joaquin Phoenix | Doctor Strange
Three-time Oscar winner, Joaquin Phoenix refused to play the role of Doctor Strange in Marvel Studios films.
Pierce Brosnan | Batman
In one of his Reddit AMA sessions, Pierce Brosnan revealed, “Yes, I did reject the role in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman.”
When asked by his fans, Brosnan said: “Any superhero who wears his underpants outside cannot be taken seriously.”
Tom Cruise | Iron Man
Can you imagine, the first choice of directors for the role of Tony Stark was Tom Cruise. Marvel had approached the actor to play the character of Iron Man in their superhero franchise, but actor showed no interest in it.
Will Smith | Superman
Will Smith was finalized in the lead role for Superman Returns 2006. But the actor rejected the part saying, “I had already done Jim West, Wild Wild West (1999), and you can’t be messing up white people’s heroes in Hollywood. You mess up white people’s heroes in Hollywood, and you’ll never work in this town again!”
Leonardo DiCaprio | Spider-Man
After the major success of Titanic in 1997, Cameron Crowe was planning to direct Spider-Man starring DiCaprio, but it didn’t work. Ultimately, the Sony produced the film.