Kevin Smith Calls Casting Jon Hamm as Batman a 'Brilliant Idea'

Kevin Smith defends Ben Affleck Batman

Kevin Smith thinks Jon Hamm would be perfect to take on the lead role in Matt Reeves' The Batman movie. In addition to writing and directing several of his own films over the years, Smith made a name for himself in the comic book world by expressing his opinion about anything and everything related to fandoms - and that includes DC Comics.

A few years ago, Smith helped unveil the unofficially titled DC Extended Universe by hosting a special episode on The CW with then-DC Films co-chief Geoff Johns. And then, he took his involvement to the next level by helping kick off the DC Daily show on DC Entertainment's brand new digital platform, DC Universe, which launched earlier this month. But that doesn't mean he plans on leaving his personal podcasts (and shows) behind. In fact, he's taken his Fatman on Batman show to the next level as well by launching Fatman Beyond this past week.

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On the inaugural episode of Fatman Beyond, Smith discussed the rumors of Jon Hamm potentially signing on to Reeves' The Batman movie (as well as Hamm's comments about being interested in Batman), thus replacing Ben Affleck in the role as the Caped Crusader. When asked about his opinion, Smith said, "I roll deep on Jon Hamm as Batman. I think that's a brilliant idea, I've been saying it for f***ing years." Smith said that he's spoken to Hamm and that the actor has never been broached about the role by executives, specifically. However, Smith himself can't get over the idea, saying, "He's so Bruce Wayne. He's more Bruce Wayne than Bruce Wayne."

Smith has also recently weighed in on Affleck's performance as Batman and Bruce Wayne in the DCEU. While there were many criticisms of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, including how Batman was portrayed, it's safe to say that Affleck's actual performance as Batman wasn't one of them. That's something that Smith has reiterated time and again.

The DCEU has changed a lot even since Affleck's casting five years ago. Competing against the lighter Marvel Cinematic Universe led to the attempted creation of a massive, connected series of films, based around the two biggest characters, Superman and Batman. Now that Superman (Henry Cavill) has reportedly decided to leave the DCEU, there may be a shift in focus as to which heroes are at the forefront.

However, it might be that neither Affleck nor Hamm are right for the part right now. As Smith said in his podcast, what Reeves is doing with the character for The Batman may involve a younger version of the character. At this point, details are still very limited, but if Smith has anything to do with it, fans could be hearing about a Hamm-led DC flick in the near future.

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