Movie star Josh Hartnett has claimed he turned down serveral chances to take to the big screen as iconic superheroes because he feared such a role would prove detrimental to his career, and he feared being defined by a role as such a major character.
Speaking in an interview with Details, the actor divulged the previously unknown information, saying:
Spider-Man was something we talked about. Batman was another one. But I somehow knew those roles had potential to define me, and I didn't want that.I didn't want to be labeled as Superman for the rest of my career.
According to the interview, Hartnett turned down the opportunity to portray Superman in the critically savaged Superman Returns, a move which turned out to be a very good one with the benefit of hindsight.
I was maybe 22, but I saw the danger.I didn't have those agents for much longer after that. There was a lot of infighting between my manager and agents, trying to figure out who to put the blame on. It got to the point where none of us were able to work together.
Despite his continual rejections of superhero roles, Harnett, now older and wiser, says he wouldn't rule out another offer if one presented itself in the future, however it'd be entirely depending on speaking with the team involved in writing the script and determining whether or not they could reach an agreement on how the character would be portrayed.
He's a smart boy, this one.