Get out the old bag of salt, and set skepticism phasers to stun, as yet another rumor for a comic book movie that is likely three years away has popped up. And no, we’re not talking about “The Avengers 2.”
According to Moviehole, Armie Hammer is “on WB’s radar” to suit up as Batman in the eventual “Justice League” movie. Of course, as geeks already know, Hammer had that role once before in George Miller‘s aborted movie back in 2008, which was gearing up to shoot before a variety of factors including the writer’s strike eventually shuttered production. The logic here is that following “The Social Network,” “Mirror Mirror” ($162 million worldwide) and next year’s “The Lone Ranger,” Hammer’s stock will be higher than ever, making him a smart one to cast. And moreover, he’s already prepared once for the role, so he’s halfway there, right? Perhaps.
But then again, WB could wait to see how he leads “The Lone Ranger” to decide if they want him wearing the cowl. Additionally, considering “Justice League” has something like a half dozen superheroes, getting name-brand actors (Hammer’s asking price might be much higher very soon) will certainly up the budget. Oddly enough, this rumor says that Hammer wouldn’t be used for any standalone Batman movies, just for “Justice League” films. Wouldn’t WB be using “Justice League” to spinoff solo outings for these heroes? Seems counterintuitive not to, but then again, overworking our brains on this rumor probably isn’t worth the effort at this point.
Anyway, something to toss out to your co-workers on lunch break or whatever. But what do you think — true or not, would Hammer make a good Bruce Wayne? Weigh in below.