He’s known as a compelling actor, but Jon Hamm is a popular choice to play Batman.
The former Mad Men star is a fan favourite to be the next Dark Knight. Matt Reeves’ film is to be production next year, but who’ll play Batman is unknown. As of now, Ben Affleck’s DCEU future is in doubt.
In an interview, the actor reveals his feelings on the fan campaign to make him the Dark Knight. Surprisingly, there are no offers for him to play a DC or Marvel role yet.
“I have had rumors about that since probably season one of Mad Men,” Hamm says. “I have never had a conversation with anyone about it, literally. And I’ve sat in the room with all these guys. I have never been offered anything. I think the Internet wants what it wants. But, I mean, a lot of people have to sign off on that, obviously not just the Internet.”
Fans will most be interested to hear that Hamm is indeed a comic book fan. In the video, he professes to enjoying Marvel’s Black Panther. The actor is also the narrator in the second season of FX’s Legion.
“It depends on the script, what the story is,” he says. “I am a huge comic book fan, always have been. I have read comic books since I was nine or younger. And I am pretty knowledgeable about a lot of them. And I like the genre, and I like when they are done well.”
The main problem with Hamm playing Batman would be age. At 47, he is older than Affleck, who’s 46 years old. Zack Snyder purposely chose Affleck to play Bruce Wayne in his 40s as a twenty year veteran of crime-fighting. However, Reeves is looking at possibly casting a younger actor in the role. Furthermore, there’s an aspect as to the role that Hamm would not look forward to.
“I’d probably fit the suit. I’d have to work out a lot, which I don’t love,” Hamm explains. “But I am sure there is an interesting version of that being out there. And if they wanted to tap me on the shoulder and ask me to do it: why not?”
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