One person who has been offered comic book movies in the past and has turned them down has been Jake Gyllenhaal. At times the actor was under heavy consideration for perhaps the two biggest superheroes there are – Batman and Spider-Man.
Gyllenhaal was being lined-up for “Spider-Man 2” after Tobey Maguire was injured and looked like he would not be returning to the role. Maguire ultimately was able to return to do the work. Gyllenhaal was also up for the lead in “Batman Begins,” a role that ultimately went to Christian Bale.
He didn’t get either role, and speaking with The Daily Mail he says it didn’t really impact his career or life one way or another:
“I believe whatever happens, happens for good. I was definitely open to both the roles (of Spider- Man and Batman). However at a certain point you realise there is always someone more interesting, talented and ready to do the role. In any case, you are not going to get every role you go for. So you can say I neither rue nor am I thankful for having not worked on these superhero films.”
Gyllenhaal has both “Everest” and “Demolition” due in cinemas this Fall with both scoring premieres at upcoming festivals.