"Very early, they talked to me about playing Batman," the "Antichrist" and "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant" star told the site of Tim Burton's 1989 film, which went on to star Michael Keaton.
Willem spoke out about the former attachment after a rumor appeared on his IMDB page that he'd been linked to the part of The Joker – the role that went to Jack Nicholson.
"I hate to spread these things because unless you remember it well, you're stoking the fires of bulls***. But I remember [it]. I've had my brush with these things," he said.
Though he never got to play the Caped Crusader, a decade later, Willem donned a different mask in another comic book universe as Spider-Man's arch-nemesis the Green Goblin and his secret identity, businessman Norman Osborn.
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