20 Years After He Was Nearly Cast As Batman, Jake Gyllenhaal Revealed Whether He'd Be Interested In Playing The Role In The Future

Batman Begins co-writer David S. Goyer previously said he strongly advocated for Jake to star in The Dark Knight trilogy over Christian Bale, who was ultimately cast.

Two decades after losing out on the role of Batman, Jake Gyllenhaal isn’t ruling out the possibility of a future superhero moment.

A closeup of a smiling Jake Gyllenhaal in a tweed suit at an event

In case you didn’t know, Jake was one of the front-runners to star in Christopher Nolan’s critically acclaimed Batman trilogy, which started with Batman Begins in 2005, followed by The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises in 2008 and 2012.

Closeup of Christian Bale in a suit and tie

While the lead role eventually went to Christian Bale, screenwriter David S. Goyer — who co-wrote the first film alongside Nolan — revealed last year that he was initially rooting for Jake to be cast as Bruce Wayne.

Jake in a suit and tie on the red carpet

And with casting reportedly not yet underway for DC Studios’ next Batman film, The Brave and the Bold, it's not impossible to think of a world where Jake dons the famous suit.

Closeup of Jake Gyllenhaal speaking onstage while holding a smartphone

During a recent interview with Screen Rant, the 43-year-old said it would be an "honor" to play Batman — following in the footsteps of A-listers like Ben Affleck, Robert Pattinson, and George Clooney.

Jake Gyllenhaal in a shirt and jacket, smiling at a premiere with balloons in the background

Jake is currently preparing to play Iago in a Broadway production of Shakespeare’s Othello alongside Denzel Washington, and while discussing the prospect of a Batman casting, he opened up about the scrutiny that comes with taking on roles that have been widely portrayed by other actors.

Jake Gyllenhaal wearing a classic suit at an event in front of a neon sign

Obviously, Jake is no stranger to the world of superheroes. In 2019, he appeared in Spider-Man: Far From Home, starring as the villain, Mysterio.

Closeup of Jake Gyllenhaal

While the film was a huge success — grossing over $1 billion — Jake has previously talked about the intense pressure and anxiety he experienced making his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Tom Holland in denim jacket over plain shirt and Jake Gyllenhaal in a dark outfit, waving at an event

In fact, he even recalled freezing during a scene with Samuel L. Jackson and Tom Holland, admitting he was “not able to remember [his] lines.”

Closeup of Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Holland

You can read Jake’s comments to Screen Rant about Batman here.

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