Josh Brolin explains why he didn’t play Batman, but Ben Affleck did.

He was on the verge of donning a cowl and joining the “Justice League.”

Josh Brolin, star of “Dune,” is opening up about nearly being hired as Batman in filmmaker Zack Snyder’s renditions of the superhero franchise, despite director Zack Snyder’s ultimate choice, now-engaged Ben Affleck.

“It would have been the older, the more raspy, for lack of a better description,” Brolin remarked recently on MTV’s “Happy Sad Confused” podcast, detailing how his performance would have differed from Affleck’s in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” in 2016 and “Justice League” in 2017.

He also stated that the concept was “intriguing” to him and that the decision to cast Affleck, 49, instead was Snyder’s, not his.

“Honestly,” Brolin, 54, concluded, “that would have been a fun thing.” “Perhaps when I’m 80, I’ll do it.”

In the upcoming production of “The Flash,” starring embattled actor Ezra Miller, Affleck will reprise his role as Batman.

Brolin also commented on director Joel Schumacher’s 1997 film “Batman & Robin,” which starred George Clooney, 60, and Chris O’Donnell, 51, as the Caped Crusader and Robin/Dick Grayson, and was widely panned.

George Clooney as BatmanGeorge Clooney as the nipple-enhanced Caped Crusader in “Batman & Robin.”

“By the way, I talked to Clooney, who is still joking about it and it wasn’t his fault,” Brolin remarked. “He enjoys a good nipple joke, and [director] Joel [Schumacher] was the one who came up with that.” He had done nothing wrong.”

Most recently, a moodier, eyeliner-wearing Batman — played by Robert Pattinson, 35 — has soared into ever-expanding Gotham City and to box-office heights in “The Batman,” which will premiere on HBO Max on Monday, April 18.

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