The days of Robert Downey Jr. like Iron Man seem to have been left in the past, at least for now. But the influence and impact that the performer has had on current superhero cinema is undeniable, having served as the foundation stone for the creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, the actor revealed a story unknown to many: that before becoming Tony Stark he could have been a DC villain.
According to Robert Downey Jr. during a question and answer session after the screening of Oppenheimer at American Cinematheque, was in consideration for the role of Dr. Jonathan Crane, aka The Scarecrow, in Batman Begins (2005). However, that first meeting with Christopher Nolan was not fruitful for the actor.
When asked about the veracity of the approach with Nolan to play the villain in the film starring Christian Bale, the actor confirmed it. However, he hinted that his chances of landing the role, which ultimately fell into the hands of Cillian Murphy, were slim.
“I remember meeting Nolan for tea and thinking: ‘He doesn’t seem like he’s really interested in this interview’. “He was polite and all, but you could tell he was like, ‘This isn’t going anywhere,'” Robert Downey Jr. said.
Robert Downey Jr. was in consideration to be a villain in Batman Begins
Of course, Robert Downey Jr. avoided elaborating on the reason for his failed choice to play Jonathan Crane in Batman Begins. It is worth remembering that when Christopher Nolan’s film hit theaters, The actor was just taking his first steps to return to the Hollywood spotlight..
In 2005, when the first installment of the Batman trilogy with Christian Bale was released, Robert Downey Jr. began to show signs of his redemption in the entertainment industry with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Shane Black’s feature film, with Michelle Monaghan and Val Kilmer, received very good reviews, despite failing to excel at the box office. RDJ’s work received much praise from critics. And the actor acknowledged that this film allowed him to be taken into account again for large productions.
A handful of years later, with the help of Hombre de Hierro and Tropic Thunder, Robert Downey Jr. regained his status as a Hollywood star, and everyone knows what happened from there. However, it is still curious that before his acting renaissance He has been considered for villain roles in both DC and Marvel..
It is worth remembering that, in addition to being in consideration for the role of Scarecrow in Batman BeginsDowney Jr. was close to being Victor Von Doom/Doctor Doom in The Fantastic Four (2005). Jon Favreau, director of Hombre de Hierro, acknowledged that Marvel offered the actor that role in one of the last “pre-UCM” films. However, the House of Ideas finally opted for Julian McMahon.
It is inevitable to think what would have happened if Robert Downey Jr. received any of those roles. Although it is impossible to know if this would have distanced him from the role of Tony Stark/Iron Man. What is a fact is that, despite Nolan’s refusal to include him in Batman Beginstheir paths crossed Oppenheimer. And with great success, of course. The film has earned the interpreter his third Oscar nomination, in this case as Best Supporting Actor. Next March 10 he will go in search of the precious statuette.