Unearthed Interview Reveals Why the Late Ray Liotta Turned Down Becoming a Particular Superhero

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It can be interesting to learn who was in the running to play your favorite characters and reminisce what would have happened if another star would have been cast instead. Now, in an uncovered interview with Ray Liotta, who passed away suddenly in 2022, it was revealed that he could have played Batman once upon a time. Batman has been portrayed by many different actors over the years from Michael Keaton to Ben Affleck to Robert Pattinson.

Liotta shared in the interview that he was considered to play Batman in one of the first popular films and he turned it down. He explained, “Something Wild came out, so I was getting attention from that. My agent called me up and said, ‘Tim Burton would like to meet you. He’s doing a movie, Batman.’ There were never any superhero movies then. That was pretty much the first one. I said, ‘Are you f—— nuts? Batman?!’ I’m going, ‘No, that’s stupid.’ Who was stupid? I was stupid because I didn’t know.”

BATMAN RETURNS, Michael Keaton, 1992

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Of course, superhero movies have blown up in the last few decades and the 1989 Batman became a big hit, with Keaton playing the caped crusader. Keaton recently reprised his role as Batman in the new film The Flash and gave fans a dose of nostalgia. Liotta may have regretted turning down such a massive role but his long and successful career certainly did not take a hit from it. Instead, he starred in Field of Dreams in 1989 and it became one of his best films. Even though Field of Dreams was a hit, he admitted in another posthumous interview that he had never watched the film. He said, “I don’t know why I’ve never seen it. It’s not like if I watched it, I’d cry.”

FIELD OF DREAMS, Ray Liotta, 1989

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Liotta is also known for Goodfellas, Narc, Marriage Story, Cop Land, Identity, and more. He was working right up until his death and had been filming Dangerous Waters when he passed away in his sleep in May 2022. Another one of his final films was Cocaine Bear, which can be watched on the streaming service Peacock. Can you see Liotta as Batman or do you prefer Keaton’s version of the superhero? Then tell us, who is your favorite Batman of all time?

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