Nolan Talks Batman Casting and Bonding Chances

Nolan Talks Batman Casting and Bonding Chances

Nolan Talks Batman Casting and Bonding Chances
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Christopher Nolan’s famous “Oppenheimer” is in theaters, a film featuring an absolutely stacked cast – including two actors who almost played Batman for Nolan.

Almost twenty years ago, several actors dabbled in the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Nolan’s 2005 film “Batman Begins” – the movie that kicked off his entire Dark Knight trilogy.

Eventually, Christian Bale won the role, although leading man “Oppenheimer” got close enough to film a costume test for the film before losing. Murphy still managed to break into the film as the villainous Dr. Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow.

Another candidate was Josh Hartnett, with the actor confirming to Playboy in 2015 that he had spoken with Nolan about taking on the role. Appearing on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Nolan confirmed that those discussions took place, but it didn’t go much further than that. When asked if he had been tested, Nolan said:

“No, it’s never been this far. I met Josh and if I remember correctly, he was a young actor whose work interested me a lot. I had an initial conversation with him but he had read my brother’s script for ‘The Prestige’ at the time and was more interested in getting involved with it. So it never went any further than that. »

Hartnett was cast in neither “Batman Begins” nor “The Prestige”, with Bale eventually taking on the lead role in both. Hartnett finally gets to work with Nolan on “Oppenheimer” as Ernest Lawrence, a nuclear physicist and the inventor of the cyclotron who befriends Murphy’s character.

Nolan was also asked if he would ever direct a James Bond movie. While he may be done with superheroes and said he’ll be screening a “Star Wars” movie earlier this week, Nolan has long been known to be a huge Bond movie fan. He has answered:

“The influence of these films on my filmography is embarrassing. It would be an incredible privilege to do one. At the same time, when you take on a character like that, you work within a particular set of constraints.

It has to be the right time in your creative life where you can express what you want to express and really push yourself into something within the proper limits, because you would never want to take on something like this and do it wrong.

“Oppenheimer” hits theaters on July 21.

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