Armie Hammer opens up more about which coveted DCEU role he might have more of an interest in playing, between Shazam and Green Lantern. Out of the many names that have been thrown around for both roles also, none have quite popped up as much as Hammer’s has. After originally being cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman in George Miller’s failed Justice League movie for Warner Bros. years back, Hammer later emerged as a fan-favorite choice for the Hal Jordan/Green Lantern role over the past couple of years. And once it was confirmed that Jordan would, indeed, be a member of the DCEU in time, Hammer’s name has only grown more and more linked to the role as a result.
That isn’t the only highly-rumored role that Hammer’s name has been thrown around for either, especially following Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s recent endorsement for him to play the role of Shazam, opposite Johnson in DC’s planned solo 2019 film. And considering that both characters are two of the most beloved, and most powerful heroes in the entire DC Comics universe, it only speaks to Hammer’s talents onscreen that he’s become such an increasingly popular choice for both roles amongst the DC fan community.
To his credit, Hammer has been open about his willingness to join the DCEU, if the right role came his way, this whole time. But in an exclusive interview with Screen Rant this past weekend for the Cars 3 press junket, Hammer recently opened up about which of the two roles he might be more interested in playing, should the opportunity ever arise:
If you had to choose between the two though, Shazam or the Green Lantern Hal Jordan, which one are you taking?
ARMIE HAMMER: Oh, man! I don’t know. Well, I don’t really know anything about Shazam, to be honest. Like, uh, what’s the deal with Shazam?
He’s a little kid that gets mystical powers from a wizard and grows into a man that’s like a superhero.
ARMIE HAMMER: So he’s still a little kid? Does he throw temper tantrums?
ARMIE HAMMER: No! Really? That’s funny, uh, yeah. That’s interesting.
On paper, there’s no doubt that Hal Jordan would be the more straightforward role and choice for Hammer to take between the two choices. With a strong humanity guiding him way throughout his adventures, and his role as one of the key members of the Justice League, playing Green Lantern would give Hammer a strong presence in the DCEU from the moment he was introduced on-screen. It’s not hard then either, to see why his Man From U.N.C.L.E. co-star, Henry Cavill, has been pushing for Hammer to be cast as the character.
But Shazam would be an interesting and unorthodox role for any actor, including Hammer, to try and take on, which is why it’s been such an interesting character for people to try and fan-cast over the years. Essentially playing the physical embodiment of a child-turned-superhero, it’s a role that requires a very specific kind of performance in order to work on-screen, one that sells the humanity and lightness of the Shazam character, without ever making it too cheesy for audiences to get on board with. After proving himself as a capable actor multiple times over the past few years, though, and with The Rock’s nomination for the role, Hammer is about as suited to take on the challenge as any other actor in the industry currently. Now, it all just comes down to which role he ends up landing in the DCEU, if Warner Bros. and Geoff Johns ever do end up coming to him with one, anyways.