EXCLUSIVE Misha Collins On How Jensen Ackles Was Almost Gotham Knights' Batman

EXCLUSIVE: Misha Collins On How Jensen Ackles Was Almost Gotham Knights’ Batman

The CW’s latest DC TV entry is days away from premiering, as Gotham Knights will be joining the network’s superhero line-up this season. Focused on Turner Hayes and a band of children of Batman’s villains, the DC drama focuses on the group getting framed for Bruce Wayne’s murder.

The Flash Podcast (as part of Multiverse of Color) recently spoke with one of the leads, Misha Collins, who will play Harvey Dent, destined to become Two-Face down the line. Best known for his role as Castiel on Supernatural, one of The CW’s biggest dramas of all time, Collins was asked if Gotham Knights season 1 would see either of his former co-stars Jensen Ackles or Jared Padalecki. It turns out one of them almost made it into the pilot, and it would have been for the Dark Knight himself: Batman!

Collins revealed that they had tried to book Ackles for Gotham Knights, but due to schedule conflicts, they were not able to make it work. In terms of Jared Padalecki, Collins had a humorous suggestion for who the Supernatural co-star could play on Gotham Knights. The full interview will be released next Monday, including the video version on DC TV Podcasts’ YouTube channel!

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The Flash Podcast: Was there any attempt to try and get them to show up for an episode to get the gang back together somehow?

Misha Collins: Ah, yes. Yes, there was. I don’t know if I’m supposed to reveal this, but we tried to work it out to have Jensen play Batman on the show. It was all kind of teed up, but unfortunately, Jensen was on another show at the time [laughs], and coordinating between two series is challenging. So it didn’t ultimately end up working out, but we tried. Jensen was pretty psyched about the prospect at one point because he does the voice of Batman for the animated movies. It would have been a great tie-in, and I thought it would be super fun too. But unfortunately, that didn’t work out, and I thought it would be super fun too. But unfortunately, that didn’t work out.

The Flash Podcast: Well, if season 2 happens…Misha, it’s a comic book show; you never know! Deaths can be faked; there could be clones…

Misha Collins: Yes, exactly; good point, thank you!

The Flash Podcast: Because I would die to see Jensen play Batman – I am trying to imagine where Jared would fit into the DC Universe, so that would have been a fun prospect if that happened in season 2.

Misha Collins: Yeah, who is a tall villain in the [DC Universe?] Maybe if we have The Penguin on stilts or something like that, Jared could play that.

The Flash Podcast: Ironically…not to make it punny, but I could have seen him as a Talon.

Misha Collins: Oh, yeah, good point!


“Pilot” — (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, DLSV) (HDTV)

SERIES PREMIERE — Batman is dead, and a powder keg has ignited Gotham City without the Dark Knight to protect it. In the wake of Bruce Wayne’s murder, his adopted son Turner Hayes (Oscar Morgan) is framed for killing the Caped Crusader, along with the children of some of Batman’s enemies: Duela Doe (Olivia Rose Keegan), aka The Joker’s Daughter, an unpredictable fighter and skilled thief who was born in Arkham Asylum and abandoned by her father, Harper Row (Fallon Smythe), a streetwise and acerbic engineer who can fix anything, and her brother Cullen Row (Tyler DiChiara), a clever transgender teen who is tired of being polite and agreeable. With the charismatic and hard-charging District Attorney Harvey Dent (Misha Collins) and the GCPD hot on their trail, Turner will rely on allies including his best friend and formidable coder Stephanie Brown (Anna Lore), and unlikely Batman sidekick Carrie Kelley (Navia Robinson).  But our Knights will soon learn there is a larger, more nefarious force at work within Gotham City. This team of mismatched fugitives must band together to become its next generation of saviors known as the “Gotham Knights.” Also starring Rahart Adams as Brody March. Danny Cannon directed the episode written by Natalie Abrams, Chad Fiveash & James Stoteraux (#101). Original airdate 3/14/2023. Every episode of GOTHAM KNIGHTS will be available to stream on The CW App and CWTV.com the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required.”

Gotham Knights premiere Tuesday, March 14 at 9/8c on The CW.

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