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Jake Gyllenhaal’s Near Miss as Batman in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins

Jake Gyllenhaal Almost Became Batman in Christopher Nolan's 'Batman Begins'

Screenwriter David S. Goyer recently shared an intriguing revelation on the Happy Sad Confused podcast. He revealed that he once championed Jake Gyllenhaal as the ideal candidate to don the iconic cape in Christopher Nolan’s 2005 masterpiece, “Batman Begins.” However, the role eventually went to Christian Bale, who portrayed the character in three films.

David S. Goyer’s Perspective on Jake Gyllenhaal’s Batman Audition

During their discussions, Goyer expressed his support for Jake Gyllenhaal as a potential Batman candidate. He emphasized the remarkable talents of both Gyllenhaal and Christian Bale.

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“I mean, Gyllenhaal is amazing, Christian Bale is amazing, so who knows what.”

David S. Goyer

Regarding the existence of audition footage featuring Gyllenhaal in the Batman costume, Goyer hinted at its possible existence.

Christopher Nolan’s Thematic Approach and Warner Bros.’ Casting Aspirations for ‘The Dark Knight’

Additionally, Goyer disclosed that a Warner Bros. executive expressed a desire for Leonardo DiCaprio to portray The Riddler in the sequel, “The Dark Knight.” However, Goyer emphasized their filmmaking approach, which centered around thematic elements rather than specific villains.

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In the 2008 film “The Dark Knight,” the late Heath Ledger, who had previously co-starred with Gyllenhaal in “Brokeback Mountain,” delivered an unforgettable performance as the Joker, earning a posthumous Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.