Could you picture Jake Gyllenhaal as Batman? That was almost a reality in the early 00’s when he was reportedly the David S. Goyer’s top choice to star in Batman Begins instead of Christian Bale.

Jake recently discussed the opportunity with The Daily Beast saying, “You can’t ask an actor in Hollywood who hasn’t auditioned or been in the running for one of those roles. It’s almost a rite of passage. But you pay for everything you do — and don’t do. For me, I’ve always wanted to have the opportunity to play a number of different roles, and I knew it wasn’t necessarily the role, but how you played them.”

  • Other big names who auditioned for the role include Cillian Murphy, Joshua Jackson, and Henry Cavill.
  • Jake chose to take the role in Brokeback Mountain instead which earned him an Oscar nomination.
  • Jake’s sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal, appeared in 2008’s The Dark Knight.

Daily Inquiry:

  • Do you think Jake would have made a good Batman?
  • Which superhero do you most identify with?
  • How would you rank the actors who have played Batman?