Cillian Murphy has said he "never, ever, ever considered" himself Bruce Wayne material when he did a screen test to play the lead role in Batman Begins back in 2003.

The Cork actor was in the final running to play Batman/Bruce Wayne in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy - and he even donned the iconic bat suit to audition opposite Amy Adams.

The role eventually went to Christian Bale, while Murphy took on the role of villain Scarecrow.

However, in a new interview The Hollywood Reporter in a new interview, Murphy played down suggestions that he was close to clinching the part.

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"I don’t believe I was close to landing that role," he said. "The only actor who was right for that part at that time, in my estimation, was Christian Bale, and he absolutely smashed it.

"So, for me, it was just an experience, and then it turned into something else. It turned into that character, Scarecrow, and it turned into a working relationship with Chris. So, I think back very, very fondly on that time, but I never, ever, ever considered myself Bruce Wayne material."

Murphy also praised Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight as "one of the greatest writers working today."

"By the time we finish this series, he’ll have written 36 hours of television on his own, and I don’t know if anybody else has done that in this new age of TV."