For a while, it seemed like Justice League may be Ben Affleck’s final turn as Batman in the current DC movie universe, which means some other actor will have to replace him. Now, a new report has claimed that Mad Men star, Jon Hamm is trying hard for the role. He and Affleck have been friends since they started working together on The Town in 2010, but the new report says that Hamm wants to get the role in Matt Reeves’ The Batman and that this “is business.” Here is what an unnamed source had to say:
“Jon’s gunning hard for the role…They enjoyed working together and have been on good terms ever since. But Jon knows Ben has faced some criticism over Batman v Superman and Justice League and frankly thinks he’d be better suited for the job. This is business for Jon, not personal.”
Jon Hamm 46 and Ben Affleck is 45, so they almost the same age. This means The Batman if Hamm gets the gig, will be featured as an older, grizzled version of the Caped Crusader.
The source also said, “Of course, Ben’s not officially out of the role yet. but the writing’s on the wall, and Jon’s desperate for the gig, friend or not.”
Matt Reeves, who has been tapped to direct The Batman for Warner Bros., has been looking at actors to replace Affleck. Jake Gyllenhaal was said to be in contention, and the report notes that he is “chasing” the role.
“Matt thinks Jon is charming and was a big fan of Mad Men, so it seems like a great transition to him. Jake Gyllenhaal has also been chasing the role, and Matt has been considering him. But Jon is closer to Ben’s age and look, and will be a smoother replacement to fit into the plans already in place.”
Ben Affleck was going to write, direct, co-write and star in The Batman. But he decided to walk away from directing the first stand-alone outing for the Dark Knight as part of DCEU, and Matt Reeves was brought on board.
Affleck’s script was thrown out, and it is unclear what direction Reeves is taking this movie. This will be a huge get for any actor, and that is why Jon Hamm wants the role and has been “carefully courting” Reeves.
“Things have been going great for Jon since Mad Men wrapped. An iconic part like this would take his career to the next level. He doesn’t care whose toes he has to tread on to get there.”
Jon Hamm has enjoyed success after Mad Men. But getting to play one of the biggest superheroes on earth, is on another level.