Rumor Patrol: Armie Hammer Could Play Batman in ‘Justice League’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated October 10th, 2012 at 8:22 am,

Batman Reboot Justice League Movie Discussion Rumor Patrol: Armie Hammer Could Play Batman in Justice League

The Dark Knight Rises marked the end of the cinematic Batman we’ve known and loved for years, and with Christopher Nolan hammering down any rumors of a potential return to the Batman franchise or involvement with Justice League, it’s time for someone else to step into the shadows.

Just over a month ago, rumors rolled in with talk of Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment moving ahead with Justice League as their next tentpole DC film after next year’s Man of Steel and that it would serve as the platform to reboot and reintroduce Batman, as opposed to launching another solo film first (for Bats and the rest of the Justice League roster).

MovieHole has the scoop which claims Warner Bros. is very interested (again) in Armie Hammer putting on the cape and cowl as The Dark Knight in Justice League, their own superhero team-up that’ll compete with Marvel Studios’ The Avengers, potentially in the same year as The Avengers 2 (2015).

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Hammer of course, was tapped to play Batman in George Miller’s Justice League: Mortal back in 2007 before the project was scrapped due to a multiple unforeseen circumstances, notably the writer’s guild strike and the failure to acquire tax credits they needed for financing from the Australian government. That and a certain amount of uncertainty of introducing another live-action Batman alongside Nolan’s at-the-time-upcoming The Dark Knight with a cast of unknowns kept the project buried.

Many of JL:M’s stars went on to enjoy rather busy careers however, including Jay Baruchel, Common and Teresa Palmer, who were supposed to play the villain, John Stewart/Green Lantern and Talia Al Ghul, respectively. Armie Hammer of course, the Bruce Wayne of the canceled project, went on to earn the attention of moviegoers and critics with his roles in The Social Network where he played two characters (twins) and Prince “Charming” Alcott in Mirror Mirror.

Now, Hammer is working on his biggest role yet as the title character opposite Johnny Depp’s Tonto in The Lone Ranger for Disney and that may help him land the major role that he almost already played for Warner Bros. That’s according to “a very good source” of MovieHole who specify that the interest in the 26 year-old Hammer is strictly for the Justice League film currently being written by Will Beall, meaning the WB could still run a separate Batman universe or continue the Nolan one with Joseph Gordon-Levitt down the road. Undoubtedly, the release of the The Lone Ranger trailer last week provided the origins for this apparent interest by Warner Bros./rumor.

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I’m Batman!

Could Hammer pull off playing Bruce Wayne opposite Henry Cavill’s Clark Kent/Superman or would he be better suited in another role (i.e. The Flash)? Is it even possible that Ryan Reynolds could return as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern or will Warner Bros. pretend that didn’t happen and truly start fresh with Man of Steel serving as a potential start to a shared cinematic universe (see: Wonder Woman cameo rumor)?

Be sure to check out our list of 5 ways to reboot Batman in Justice League.

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Source: MovieHole

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  1. Btw, I know probably most of you think I am crazy but I want Brad Bird directing JL movie.

    • I tip that’s a great idea ghost protocol was a good film and a ton of fun I see that working out great even though I’m not a JLA fan. Sweet idea dude

  2. If they wanted to continue Bale’s Batman with a different actor, or just do a reboot with an older Batman, I think Jim Caviezel would be PERFECT. He looks and sounds just like what I imagine Bruce would be like, even more so than Christian Bale. Other solid options for an older Bruce/Batman would be Eric Bana, Jon Hamm, Ben Affleck, and Karl Urban.

    However, I would assume that WB wants to reboot it with a much younger Batman. If so, Hammer is certainly the right age, so he could be a good choice.

    And for all of those who say Hammer is too much of a pretty boy/too feminine, my response is “Really?” I hate to bring this up so much because I feel like this argument is overused, but remember when Heath Ledger was cast as The Joker? Batman’s most twisted, maniacal villain played by an Aussie famous for portraying chivalrous knights and gay cowboys (literally)?? (btw, no offense to any homosexuals here. i’m just trying to convey the thought process of the detractors.) Anyways, many people were nervous, to say the least, but Heath blew us away.

    Here’s the thing about actors, at least good ones. THEY HAVE RANGE. They can play many different types of characters. Just because Armie Hammer has played a goofy prince and rich jerk twins doesn’t mean that every role he’s in has to be like that. Seriously? The good actors can play different characters with vastly different personalities.

    Now, whether Hammer IS a good actor has yet to be seen. I’ve personally only seen him in The Social Network. I’m gonna give him the benefit of the doubt. He’s certainly the perfect age for a young rebooted Batman, and he might have the acting chops as well. I can certainly picture him as Bruce. Maybe not Batman, but I never would’ve pictured Michael Keaton as Batman either.

    Oh, and one more thing. THIS IS A RUMOR. People jumping ship already are overexaggerating.

    End rant

    • Ezra…

      WELL said.

      • Thanks Archaeon.

    • ive actually really wanted jim caviezel ti olay batman for a while….on his show “person of interest” he just feels like a makes since considering it is directed by john nolan(chris nolans brother who helped with the batman trilogy)

    • I agree with all the benifit of the doubt stuff…and bruce wayne is usually a “pretty boy” so he might be perfect

    • I agree with all the benifit of the doubt stuff…and bruce wayne is usually a “pretty boy” so he might be perfect.

  3. This is horrible news, even as a rumor. He was a bad choice 5 years ago and just as bad a choice today.

    If this is the caliber of actors they are shooting for with the JL then it’s doomed even before it goes into production.

  4. For get the rubbish idea of Levitt playing Batman. Its a terrible idea and I cant understand why anyone would think it would work….that trilogy is OVER.

    Nolan always said it wasnt anything to do with a wider universe. It really is as simple as that!

    I can honestly say that as long as the guy they cast fits with the style and look of the Man Of Steel film, it should be fine. I really would like another MOS trailer to get a better idea of that films style, it might then be easier to imagine an actor working with Cavill as Batman.

  5. I would prefer Hammer over Levitt for Batman I guess I just like him more. If he does get the part maybe I’ll start putting a little more faith in the movie

  6. I see Hammer more as Captain Marvel.