Before Ben Affleck was cast as the Dark Knight in Batman vs. Superman, one of the actors reportedly up for the role was Scott Adkins. The British actor-martial artist posted on his Twitter account several days before the Batfleck announcement, saying that he was approached to audition for Batman. Now, speaking with Behind The Mask Presents (thanks to Comic Book Movie for the transcription), Adkins confirmed that he auditioned for the role. He says that it didn’t go beyond that point, and that he was aware of the fan campaign for him to be cast. “I don’t even know if I am supposed to talk about it. Well, yeah… They asked me to audition, yeah. And… so I did. But that’s as far as it went. I know there was a big campaign on the internet which was great for the free publicity but I think that’s because obviously Batman’s a martial artist, that’s his superpower, isn’t it? People are disappointed that he has not been shown off as the martial artist that he should be. I guess I look like Bruce Wayne… ”
Adkins then goes on to say that he never expected to land the role of Batman, and that he’s happy it went to Affleck. “I wasn’t crossing my fingers, I wasn’t holding my breath, it was great to have the opportunity to audition and let some of those people up in the higher positions know who I am and look at me. But I never expected it to happen. But that whole thing on the internet was just… I am flattered! But Ben Affleck I think is gonna do an amazing job, I’ve always been a huge fan of his and maybe when I’ve won an Oscar, I’ll get the kind of luck that he’s got! But it’s not luck is it? He deserves it.” Finally, he briefly commented on his approach to the audition, and that he was happy to have done it. “Well you can’t put too much pressure on yourself. Just think that it’s another audition. Otherwise you are gonna mess it up. So it’s best not to think of the magnitude of it. I was just happy to do it and enjoyed it to be honest, really enjoyed it… to play that character, even if it was for just a few seconds.” For Adkins’ full interview with Behind The Mask Presents, click the source link above.
Batman vs. Superman (not the final title) is scheduled to hit theaters July 17th, 2015. The follow-up to Man of Steel, the next installment in the DC Cinematic Universe stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Diane Lane, and Laurence Fishburne, with Jason Momoa in talks to join. Zack Snyder directs from a script by David S. Goyer and Chris Terrio.