Milo Ventimiglia’ dreams of playing Batman crashed.
The 42-year-old actor revealed to Variety’s ‘The Big Ticket’ that he actually tried for the role of the newest Caped Crusader after Ben Affleck retired from it. The role ultimately fell unto Rober Pattinson’s lap along with mixed reactions to his casting.
“Do I see myself in a cape and cowl? Warner Bros. didn’t,” Ventimiglia said in the interview while promoting his latest film The Art of Racing in the Rain.
The actor continued, “They were looking for a new Batman and they said, ‘Ventimiglia, you’re too old.’”
As for Warner Bros., the studio has not responded to Ventimiglia’s comments. However, there’s definitely no bad blood.
“That’s OK, it doesn’t matter. I’m kind of busy, it’s OK,” he said. Ventimiglia did share his thoughts on his favorite Batman actor.
“[Christian Bale], I think, was a killer Batman, but also I think he was an incredible Bruce Wayne,” Ventimiglia said. “I see the benefits of George Clooney, and Val Kilmer and Ben Affleck.”
As for whether we’ll ever see him on the big screen as a superhero, Ventimiglia says he is content to play real-life heroes for now.
“The superhero world? Maybe I’m just playing real-life superheroes right now,” the actor said. “Jack Pearson, Denny Swift. They’re real attainable superheroes, that are out there in the open representing good guys and good fathers.”
Ventimiglia stars as race car driver Denny Swift in the comedy/drama The Art of Racing in the Rain, which hits theaters in the US today.