Brolin was linked to the role before Ben Affleck signed up last month (August)

Josh Brolin has confirmed he was in the running to play Bruce Wayne in the forthcoming Batman v Superman movie.

Brolin was linked to the role before Ben Affleck was cast as the caped crusader on August 23 and now the True Grit star has admitted he was approached by Zack Snyder, director of the eagerly-anticipated film, which is the sequel to this year’s Man Of Steel.

Asked whether he and Snyder had entered into “conversations” about the role, Brolin told The Huffington Post: “We did. I didn’t have conversations about it, but Zack, that was part of his idea. It just didn’t turn out. It’s OK. It is OK. You know, another scenario might have worked better, but I’m happy for Ben.”

Continuing, Brolin voiced sympathy for Affleck after some fans strongly objected to the idea of him playing Batman and a petition to remove him from the role collected over 90,000 signatures.

“I’ve never seen such a global reaction in my life. I feel for him, truly. I would not want to be him right now,” Brolin said. “The reaction becomes so personal. It’s like, ‘Fuck this guy, I wish he was dead.’ And you’re like, ‘What? Dude, seriously? This guy is just working like you are. He’s doing the same thing you are. He’s trying to make the best choices he can.'”

Later in the interview, Brolin wished Affleck all the best in the role, saying: “I want him to kick ass and I want everyone to love it and kind of eat their words.”

Meanwhile, it’s recently been announced that Snyder will start shooting the Batman v Superman movie in Michigan early next year (2014). Alongside Henry Cavill as Superman and Affleck as Batman, Amy Adams is confirmed to be returning as Lois Lane and her Man Of Steel castmates Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne have also inked deals to reprise their roles. Warner Bros has given the Batman v Superman movie a release date of July 17, 2015.