Pierce Brosnan became a global superstar in the 1990s thanks to his role as James Bond, but the Navan man nearly played another famous cultural icon.

Brosnan is making his foray into the world of superhero films with the new DC Comics film 'Black Adam', and while promoting the film on Jimmy Fallon, the actor revealed he bombed his audition to play Batman.

The Irishman's stock was at a high in the late 1980s due to his role in the hit show 'Remington Steele', and was in the mix to play Batman in Tim Burton's take on the superhero.

The role went on to be played by Michael Keaton, and Brosnan said that he made an observation in the audition that didn't exactly endear himself to Burton.

"I remember saying something stupid to Tim Burton - I said, ‘You know I can’t understand any man who would wear his underpants outside his trousers.’ But there you go…the best man got the job."

Brosnan was reluctant to star in a superhero film until 'Black Adam' came calling, and remarked "It was the last thing on my mind to be playing a superhero like Doctor Fate."

He said "you know, Doctor Fate and I were meant to meet on the same page I think."

Brosnan made headlines recently when asked who should be the next actor to take up the mantle of James Bond, and his answer was simple.

"I don't care."

You can catch Pierce Brosnan's full chat with Jimmy Fallon below, and you can see Brosnan in action in 'Black Adam' when it hits Irish cinemas next Friday.