Leonardo DiCaprio has been making the rounds on the interview circuit for his new film, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s The Revenant. Amidst all of the usual questions about the difficulties of making that film, life in the spotlight, and the accolades of awards season, he’s also spoken up a bit about his past flirtations with comic book and superhero cinema. Speaking to The Shortlist recently, the actor specifically touched on his past connections to rolls in Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever (1995) and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man (2002)…
Did that include playing Robin in Batman Forever? There’s a rumour you screen-tested for it…
I never screen-tested. I had a meeting with Joel Schumacher. It was just one meeting and, no, I didn’t end up doing it.
Did you actually want the role?
Er, I don’t think I did, no (laughs). As I recall I took the meeting, but didn’t want to play the role. Joel Schumacher is a very talented director but I don’t think I was ready for anything like that.
How close did you come to playing Spider-Man before your friend Tobey Maguire took the part?
Er, that was another one of those situations, similar to Robin, where I didn’t feel ready to put on that suit yet. They got in touch with me.
Would you like to play a superhero?
You never know. You never know. They’re getting better and better as far as complex characters in these movies. I haven’t yet. But no, I don’t rule out anything.
The latter response is the kind of diplomatic response you would expect from any actor and there are very few out there who would ever say “no” to such a question in an interview. After all, you never know when the right project might come knocking some day with an intriguing role (or paycheck). Will we ever see DiCaprio slap on some fitted costume and leap across rooftops as a hero or villain? Personally, I doubt it, but never say never. After all, we just had Robert Redford in a Marvel movie only last year.
Be sure to check out the interview as a whole. It’s a great read and in addition to speaking on his acting career as a whole and touching on his personal life, his one-time connection to Star Wars is brought up as well. At one point in time, George Lucas wanted Leo for the role of Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. While it’s hard to picture DiCaprio putting up with that much greenscreen, it’s still a fun thing to imagine regardless.
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