15 Actors Who Were Close To Being In The DCEU

Landing a role in a big superhero film can set up an actor for a lifetime of Comic-Con appearances.  Here are 15 performers who will never know just how sweet it could have been.

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SEAN PENN JOR-EL CRACKED COM Penn, Clive Owen and Russell Crowe were up for the part of Superman's pop, with Crowe landing the right to get his ass ki

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RYAN GOSLING BATMAN His name has been tossed around to play the Dark Knight in the inevitable Joker 2. Gosling: I don't think anybody wants that.

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RON PERLMAN SWAMP THING Perlman had been linked to Swamp Thing in Justice League Dark, but he dismissed it as urban myth Internet noise. (Translatio

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ROBIN WILLIAMS RIDDLER CRAGKEDCON Williams was practically begging to be cast in Nolan's Batman films. Chris, call me, I'll do anything. I could be a

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OPRAH WINFREY AMANDA WALLER CRACKED COM Oprah was Warner Brothers' first choice for director of deadly government assignments. YOU get a suicide miss

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OLGA KURYLENKO WONDER WOMAN She screen-tested for the Amazon princess wearing a bathing suit and leather boots. As one does.

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NICOLE KIDMAN QUEEN HIPPOLYTA CRACKED COM Kidman and WB had a tentative deal in place but she lost the role due to that vilest of enemies, scheduling

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MATT BOMER SUPERMAN CRACKED COMT Bomer revealed on a podcast that he was set to play the Man of Steel for JJ Abrams back in 2002. His Lois Lane would

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ADAM DRIVER LEX LUTHOR This one could still happen, with Driver on the short list to play Superman's arch-enemy somewhere in the Jokerverse.

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JON HAMM BATMAN Hamm threw his cowl in the ring for a Batman role. I am a huge comic book fan, I have read comic books since I was nine or younger..

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JESSE EISENBERG JIMMY OLSEN Zach Snyder's original plan for Jimmy Olsen: make him more sinister, then kill him off a few minutes in. In other words, Z

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EMMA ROBERTS HARLEY QUINN CRAGKEDCOM Reportedly offered the role as the Cupid of Crimes but turned it down to star on television's Scream Queens.

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COLIN FERRELL CONSTANTINE Justice League Dark has long been in Development Hell, with colin Farrell's Constantine one of the unfortunate casualties.

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ALEC BALDWIN THOMAS WAYNE GRAGKED.COM Baldwin was cast as Batman's daddy in Joker but pulled out due to scheduling issues. It's not easy being host of

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JOHN CENA SHAZAM Fans had a field day photoshopping Cena's head onto Shazam costumes but alas, it was not meant to be.

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