Glen Powell Avoids Superhero Roles—Except for Batman: “It Definitely Would Not Be Like a Matt Reeves Tone”

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Glen Powell is an American actor, writer, and producer who is involved in almost every part of filmmaking. Recently, he’s been known for his roles in ‘Top Gun’ and ‘Anyone But You.’ One of his big breaks came in 2016 with the movie ‘Hidden Figures,’ where he played astronaut John Glenn. This film, which shows the contributions of African American women mathematicians at NASA during the Space Race, was a big hit.

Powell started acting much earlier, appearing in a ‘Spy Kids’ movie when he was 13. Now, after finally making it big in Hollywood, the actor is stepping back and ready to give it all up.

Previously, the actor said he was ready to retire from acting and didn’t want to be in Marvel movies or films aimed at winning Oscars. However, in a recent interview with GQ, he said he’s willing to make an exception.

Powell stated he doesn’t want to play superhero roles, except he would like to play a different version of Batman.

I was always a Batman guy. […]I would have a wild take on Batman. It definitely would not be like a Matt Reeves tone – it’d probably be closer to Keaton. Oh, sick!

Even though the actor is now well-known, it wasn’t always that way. He never got to play Batman, but he did have a role in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ early in his career.

I get my head smashed in by Bane in ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’

Powell moved to LA from Austin, Texas, in 2008, but had a hard time getting started as an actor. He went through many agents and sometimes represented himself, feeling lost and unsupported. Determined, he checked casting calls daily, filmed auditions on his own, and had a friend call casting directors for him. Powell decided to keep pushing through every challenge, thinking, “You might as well kick down every door you can.”

Now that the DCU is looking for a new Batman, who knows, maybe Powell will give it a shot.

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