Pierce Brosnan officially joins the DC Films Extended Universe with his upcoming portrayal of Doctor Fate in “Black Adam.” Under one “Show tonight” chat with Jimmy Fallonhowever, he revealed that he was once almost cast as Batman – until a “stupid comment” cost him his job.
“I went up to ‘Batman’ way back when Tim Burton did that and obviously I didn’t get the job,” he told Fallon. “I remember saying something stupid to Tim Burton. I said, ‘You know, I can’t understand any man who would wear his underpants outside his pants.’
Fallon took pity, to audible laughter from the crowd, when he said that Brosnan “had to settle for James Bond” and cheekily told that he was “so sorry” about the difficulties. Brosnan graciously said “the best man got the job” referring to Michael Keatoncasting in Batman (1989).
At the time, Brosnan was still making his way into Hollywood and was mostly nabbing TV parts. However, his role in the crime series “Remington Steele” caught the attention of Bond producers, who were looking for the next actor to lead the franchise after Timothy Dalton’s run ended in 1989.
Despite Brosnan regretfully telling Burton about his comments, he took the silver screen by storm a few years later. His “GoldenEye” (1995) debut as 007 was a critically acclaimed box office This led Brosnan to portray the secret agent for three more installments until 2002.
“For me it was trying to walk a line between Roger [Moore] and Sean Connery and not be shy about taking away from their work,” he told GQ. “I allowed myself the grace of trying to get the sense of humor that both men brought to the role.”
Three decades after blowing his chance to play Batman, Brosnan dons a cape on the side Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson‘s character of Black Adam. Brosnan told ET Online that Doctor Fate was a man who “went through the ages” – which the 69-year-old actor himself continues to do beautifully.