Several years ago, Josh Hartnett was hot property. He had made his name starring in the likes of Pearl Harbour, Black Hawk Down and The Faculty and was expected for greatness. Unfortunately it never quite materialised though and today the actor has confirmed that at his peak he turned down what could have been 3 career-defining roles as three of the biggest superhero’s in comic book history.
He says that back in his early twenties he was offered the roles of Batman, Spider-Man and Superman but actually rejected them all because he didnt want to be defined by a single role.
He went on to say: “Spider-Man was something we talked about. Batman was another one. But I somehow knew those roles had potential to define me, and I didn’t want that.”
He also stated: “I didn’t want to be labeled as Superman for the rest of my career,” revealing that he turned down the role in Bryan Singer’s 2006, Superman Returns. “I was maybe 22, but I saw the danger.”
Nowadays however he has slightly changed his stance and finished the interview by saying that if the right role came along, he may take 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.”