It Would Be an Honour To Play Batman —Jake Gyllenhaal, Two Decades After Losing Role

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Jake Gyllenhaal was supposed to play Batman at some point but lost the role. That doesn’t deter his interest in the role of Bruce Wayne. In 2005, in Batman Begins, Jake Gyllenhaal and Christian Bale were top choices; however, the role eventually went to Christian Bale.

During press rounds for his new Prime Video movie “Road House,” Jake was asked by Screen Rant if he still had an interest in the role, and his response: “Of course. It would be an honour always.” “Speaking of playing roles that other incredible actors have played in the past … When I think about it, I’m going to play Iago in ‘Othello’ with Denzel Washington, and I think about like the history of actors that have played that role throughout time, and I’m intimidated by that. So that’s the first level. That’s what I’m working on right now. But of course. It would be an honour always. Those types of things and those roles are classics,” Gyllenhaal said.

There’s currently an open spot in the DC Extended Universe for the upcoming Batman movie The Brave and the Bold, which will shine a light on a new actor willing to take up the role of Bruce Wayne. The role is expected to shine a brighter light and be a better version of DCU Batman. It will be directed by “The Flash” and “It” helmer Andy Muschietti and be the birth of James Gunn and Peter Safran DC Studio’s dreams for Batman.

The DCU Batman is currently played by Robert Pattison and The Batman Part II release date has been moved to Oct. 2, 2026.

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While he might have missed the initial Batman spot, Jake Gyllenhaal had the chance to play Mysterio in the Tom Holland-led Spider-Man: Far from Home. He described the role of Mysterio as hard. In his words; “That world is enormous. And I joined that world way into that run; a train that was already moving. Normally, I come in way early on and I get to figure it out.”

Speaking on his experience: “I was freaking out. It was a scene with [Samuel L.] Jackson, Tom [Holland] … There were a number of actors in that scene. And I remember not being able to remember my lines. I was the wooden board. And they were like, ‘Whoa…I went up to Tom Holland and was like, ‘Dude, help me out’. He’s like, ‘It’s all good, man. Just relax’. It was like he was me in so many situations. And I finally did. I just put a lot of pressure on [myself] because I love that world. I had to walk up [to people on set] and be like, ‘Look man, I just came off Broadway doing a one-man show for an hour and a half onstage, so I got this. Please, believe me.”

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