"I always wanted to play Wolverine," the actor told Moviefone. "But I didn't get that. And they have a great Wolverine now. I always wanted to play The Dark Knight. But I didn't get that one. They've had some great Batmans. So now I'm just enjoying them as an audience."
Our heads are spinning a little considering what could've been – a bulked-up Reeves in full-body black, bat-ear-clad head craned towards the sky to spy a batsignal, growling, "Woah" as he slides into his Batmobile and speeds away. Or a wild-haired, mutton-chopped Reeves accosted by a group of baddies, muttering, "Excellent" before unsheathing his metal claws and kicking butt.
Great, now we're sad (Keanu).
The Hollywood casting process is as dramatic as its screenplays, it seems. For our part, we're glad to see Reeves flexing his action chops with revenge thrillers like "John Wick" – and we're still completely on board with "Bill and Ted 3."
We especially love that Reeves is such a good sport in the face of disappointment, praising Jackman and Batmen of yore. The pressure's on, Ben Affleck!