Glen Powell: The Han Solo Audition Mishap and His “Wild Take” on Batman

  • Glen Powell missed out on playing Han Solo for Lucasfilm due to a blown final audition
  • He also lost out on other major roles like Captain America and Cowboy & Aliens
  • Powell has expressed disinterest in superhero roles but has a wild take on Batman, closer to Keaton’s tone

Oh, Glen Powell, the man of many talents and even more missed opportunities. You may know him from his roles in “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Anyone But You,” but did you know that he almost landed the role of a lifetime—Han Solo in “Solo: A Star Wars Story”? Yep, that’s right. In a recent interview with GQ UK, Powell opened up about how he came oh-so-close to playing everyone’s favorite intergalactic smuggler, only to fumble at the finish line. As he put it, “I can joke about it now, [but] I blew that final audition.”

Now, before you start feeling sorry for the guy, let’s remember that he’s still killin’ it in Hollywood. Sure, he lost out on Han Solo to Alden Ehrenreich, but with Powell’s undeniable charisma, it’s no wonder Disney had their eye on him in the first place. And hey, Powell’s no stranger to missing out on big roles—he also whiffed auditions for Captain America and “Cowboys & Aliens.” But you know what? He’s cool with it. As he said, “It’s haunting when you blow those moments, but that’s one of the parts of [the Hollywood myth] that’s not true. That was always somebody else’s ride to go on.”

Plus, Powell isn’t too bummed about missing out on superhero roles. While he passed on auditioning for the new Superman movie, he did express interest in another iconic comic book character—the Dark Knight himself, Batman. And oh boy, does he have a “wild take” on the Caped Crusader. Powell teased, “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.” Now, that’s a Batman movie we’d love to see.

But even if Powell never dons the cape and cowl, he’s got plenty of other projects in the pipeline. From a remake of “The Running Man” with Edgar Wright to an unknown J.J. Abrams event film, this guy is everywhere. And let’s not forget about “Twisters,” where he plays storm-chasing superstar Tyler Owens alongside Daisy Edgar-Jones. The film promises a gripping tale of tornadoes, danger, and a fight for survival—it’s definitely a must-watch.

So, next time you see Glen Powell on the big screen, remember that behind the charming smile and infectious energy lies a man who’s faced his fair share of setbacks and missed opportunities. But hey, that’s Hollywood for you. And who knows? Maybe one day, we’ll see him as Batman, saving Gotham City in his own wild and unique way.

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