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10 Actors Who Almost Played Batman And It's Probably Good They Didn't

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There have been plenty of iconic portrayals of The World's Greatest Detective over the years, and everyone has their favorites. Some love the campy style of Adam West, others prefer the darker, sometimes disturbing take by Michael Keaton. Some people even love George Clooney's Batman, for reasons we can't understand.

While Batman's been portrayed by a pretty diverse group of actors, what's even crazier are ones who were considered for the role but ultimately not cast. Trust me, some of these will genuinely surprise you.

1) Tom Hanks

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Let's get one of the weirdest choices out of the way first. The nicest man in Hollywood was considered to play the Caped Crusader not once, but twice! His name was in the running for both 1989's Batman and 1995's Batman Forever. Can you picture him as Batman? Because I sure can't.

2) Johnny Depp

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If you've seen a Tim Burton movie in the last two decades, it should come as no surprise that Burton used his position as the producer of Batman Forever to push hard for his friend Depp to get the role. Joel Schumacher apparently was a bigger fan of Val Kilmer.

3) Keanu Reeves

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Reeves had been part of the casting call for Batman Forever, and even recently expressed interest in the role for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. He didn't get the part, but given how we all love him now as John Wick, it was probably for the best.

4) Harrison Ford

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Before ultimately going to Michael Keaton, the role of Batman in Burton's first film was also considered for a number of other actors, including none other than Han Solo himself, Harrison Ford. This actually probably would've been really cool.

5) Bill Murray

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THIS on the other hand is a bit more debatable. Burton also considered Bill Murray for the role, but frankly we're kind of glad this one didn't work out.

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