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no bat signal Cillian Murphy says he never considered himself Batman material for superhero movie

'I don’t believe I was close to landing that role'


Cillian Murphy in hit TV gangster show Peaky Blinders

Cillian Murphy in hit TV gangster show Peaky Blinders

Cillian Murphy in hit TV gangster show Peaky Blinders

Cillian Murphy has said that he “never, ever, ever considered” himself Batman material despite being in the running to play the superhero back in 2003.

The Cork actor made it to the last round of auditions for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and even donned the Batsuit for a screen test opposite Amy Adams.

The role eventually went to Christian Bale, with Murphy appearing in the trilogy as villain Jonathan Crane, whose alias is The Scarecrow.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the Peaky Blinders star said that he never saw himself as much of a Batman.

“I don’t believe I was close to landing that role,” Murphy said.

“The only actor who was right for that part at that time, in my estimation, was Christian Bale, and he absolutely smashed it.

“So, for me, it was just an experience, and then it turned into something else. It turned into that character, Scarecrow, and it turned into a working relationship with Chris.

“So I think back very, very fondly on that time, but I never, ever, ever considered myself Bruce Wayne material.”

Murphy was one of three actors who were in the running to play Batman onscreen – against Christian Bale and Fight Club’s Eion Bailey – beating out other candidates such as Jake Gyllenhaal, Joshua Jackson, and even eventual The Dark Knight Joker, Heath Ledger.

His screen test for Batman Begins was released on a blu-ray set for the entire trilogy in 2013, but the 45-year-old admitted that he has only seen it once and has no intentions of watching it again.

“I can’t remember if they gave me a heads-up. I think my kids showed it to me online or something,” he laughed.

“I can’t really remember, but it’s not something I’d really wish to see more than once.”

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