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Armie Hammer doesn't want to play Batman or any other superhero

Aug. 2, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Despite being the leading candidate for the role when George Miller was making the long in development JUSTICE LEAGUE movie, Armie Hammer is now saying he doesn't want to portray The Dark Knight in Zack Snyder's SUPERMAN VS BATMAN sequel to MAN OF STEEL.

In an interview with Metro UK, Hammer explained why he no longer wants to take on the cowl from Christian Bale:

I think if Henry [Cavill] and I did [THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.] and then a superhero film straight after, people might start to wonder about usIm not actually a big fan of superhero films. If you have a guy who is supposed to be invulnerable, then whats the point?

This quote may not be 100% serious as Hammer also recently spoke fondly about the ANT-MAN rumors naming him as the star of the Edgar Wright film. For a guy who was already in the running for Batman to suddenly backtrack doesn't sound quite right.

Despite tons of casting rumors and theories regarding which young star could play Batman opposite Cavill, other sources are claiming that Warner Bros. wants an older actor to play Bruce Wayne and his alter ego which would be keeping with Zack Snyder's Comic Con reference to THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS comic book. I would be all for someone like Jon Hamm to take the reigns. DC needs an older actor to anchor their universe the way that Robert Downey Jr. does for Marvel.

SUPERMAN VS BATMAN opens in Summer 2015.

Source: IndieWire

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6:31PM on 08/05/2013

HOgwasH!!!

I'd rather not see him play Bruce Wayne/Batman....but you know this is a PR stunt right?? Like how presidential candidates say they aren't running for Prez....Same scenario here!! He wants Batman real bad.....but I so so so HOPE he doesn't get it!! He's too dorky....
I'd rather not see him play Bruce Wayne/Batman....but you know this is a PR stunt right?? Like how presidential candidates say they aren't running for Prez....Same scenario here!! He wants Batman real bad.....but I so so so HOPE he doesn't get it!! He's too dorky....
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10:55AM on 08/04/2013
Just simply glad he isn't interested.
Just simply glad he isn't interested.
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4:40PM on 08/03/2013

Older actor?

RDJ can be Iron Man at 50 plus because his character is 100% CGI (with the occasional stuntman). He isn't required to do any serious physical action. Batman has to do much of his action convincingly, so having an old guy who's just going to get older during the sequels and/or JLA spinoffs is a stupid idea.
RDJ can be Iron Man at 50 plus because his character is 100% CGI (with the occasional stuntman). He isn't required to do any serious physical action. Batman has to do much of his action convincingly, so having an old guy who's just going to get older during the sequels and/or JLA spinoffs is a stupid idea.
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2:53PM on 08/03/2013
Armie Hammer would have made a great Clark Kent, but I don't know if he's Superman material, let alone Batman.
Armie Hammer would have made a great Clark Kent, but I don't know if he's Superman material, let alone Batman.
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11:19AM on 08/03/2013
I respect his decision...I can see where he doesnt want to be typecast, because I am sure if he took the Batman role, then he would be asked to play Batman again.
I respect his decision...I can see where he doesnt want to be typecast, because I am sure if he took the Batman role, then he would be asked to play Batman again.
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3:08AM on 08/03/2013
Jeez, the amount of fanboys here with dicks up their asses is staggering.

The man isn't into superhero movies and all of a sudden he's persona non grata? Guess it's unsurprising that dudes who like to read about and watch men in tights, act like a bunch of bitches.
Jeez, the amount of fanboys here with dicks up their asses is staggering.

The man isn't into superhero movies and all of a sudden he's persona non grata? Guess it's unsurprising that dudes who like to read about and watch men in tights, act like a bunch of bitches.
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2:54PM on 08/03/2013
I agree with you but could have worded it w/out sounding like a total d-bag a-hole.
I agree with you but could have worded it w/out sounding like a total d-bag a-hole.
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10:22PM on 08/02/2013
Heck, if they want an older Batman...makes it all the more disappointing they didn't fit Nolan's Batman in to this world... yes, I know, I sound like a broken record. Well, given that they blew the perfect opportunity to do this already - I'd prefer a Wayne of the same age. Can't remember which comic it was that had a young Clark looking at a young Wayne (and vice versa) with both thinking (years later - not knowing who they were looking at) what would had happened it they had approached each
Heck, if they want an older Batman...makes it all the more disappointing they didn't fit Nolan's Batman in to this world... yes, I know, I sound like a broken record. Well, given that they blew the perfect opportunity to do this already - I'd prefer a Wayne of the same age. Can't remember which comic it was that had a young Clark looking at a young Wayne (and vice versa) with both thinking (years later - not knowing who they were looking at) what would had happened it they had approached each other that day. With that in mind - keep them the same age please.
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10:13PM on 08/02/2013

D;

What a dummy. That's the whole point, is that they are vulnerable. Good luck with Lone Ranger 2....wait never mind.
What a dummy. That's the whole point, is that they are vulnerable. Good luck with Lone Ranger 2....wait never mind.
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9:23PM on 08/02/2013

Good news.

I like him just fine, but he definitely doesn't seem right for Batman. Also, I'm not looking it up, but I think he is bigger than Cavill. That would be a weird dynamic. A Batman that is taller and just as built as Superman.
I like him just fine, but he definitely doesn't seem right for Batman. Also, I'm not looking it up, but I think he is bigger than Cavill. That would be a weird dynamic. A Batman that is taller and just as built as Superman.
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9:19PM on 08/02/2013
Well, he seemed to have no problems being dragged through horse manure, having a horse lick scorpions off his face and otherwise humiliated in a myriad of ways in The Lone Ranger.
Well, he seemed to have no problems being dragged through horse manure, having a horse lick scorpions off his face and otherwise humiliated in a myriad of ways in The Lone Ranger.
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7:48PM on 08/02/2013
Y'know he is very lucky that Depp and the director are taking almost all the heat for the Lone Ranger disaster.
Still I get the feeling he would not be one of the choices for any superhero movie because of it.
Y'know he is very lucky that Depp and the director are taking almost all the heat for the Lone Ranger disaster.
Still I get the feeling he would not be one of the choices for any superhero movie because of it.
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7:44PM on 08/02/2013
lol why do people seem so offended?

He's allowed to not have interest in the role. I don't think he'd be right for it anyway
lol why do people seem so offended?

He's allowed to not have interest in the role. I don't think he'd be right for it anyway
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6:27PM on 08/02/2013
THANK GOD!!! Cross him off the list! It still blows my mind that some people want Wes Bentley to play batman. That is one of the stupidest things I've ever heard
THANK GOD!!! Cross him off the list! It still blows my mind that some people want Wes Bentley to play batman. That is one of the stupidest things I've ever heard
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5:31PM on 08/02/2013
Good! Now its time for WB to confirm theyll cast an older Batman!
Good! Now its time for WB to confirm theyll cast an older Batman!
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5:18PM on 08/02/2013

Hammer doesn't want to play Batman or any other superhero...

i dont recall asking him to.
i dont recall asking him to.
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4:56PM on 08/02/2013
I'm starting to see how he was really good playing two arrogant douchebags in The Social Network.

Keep making movies like Lone Ranger and Mirror Mirror, and people will stop wanting to ask you about superhero movies, because at that point your star will have faded.
I'm starting to see how he was really good playing two arrogant douchebags in The Social Network.

Keep making movies like Lone Ranger and Mirror Mirror, and people will stop wanting to ask you about superhero movies, because at that point your star will have faded.
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6:28PM on 08/02/2013
It faded day 1 for me! Fuck armie hammer
It faded day 1 for me! Fuck armie hammer
8:47PM on 08/02/2013
Yeah, what he said! ^^^
Yeah, what he said! ^^^
4:55PM on 08/02/2013

WHEW!

Good.

Dodged that one.
Good.

Dodged that one.
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8:47PM on 08/02/2013
Right?! lol
Right?! lol
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4:48PM on 08/02/2013
Sorry, but whos the guy again and what has he done so far???
Sorry, but whos the guy again and what has he done so far???
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4:34PM on 08/02/2013
For a young Batman I would want to see Matt Bomer and for an older, experienced Batman I would like to see Jon Hamm.

I still think Hammer would have made a good Batman. But I guess after the disappointment of Lone Ranger, maybe he doesn't want to be the lead or co-lead in a big blockbuster right away.
For a young Batman I would want to see Matt Bomer and for an older, experienced Batman I would like to see Jon Hamm.

I still think Hammer would have made a good Batman. But I guess after the disappointment of Lone Ranger, maybe he doesn't want to be the lead or co-lead in a big blockbuster right away.
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7:56PM on 08/02/2013
Brotha, you gotta realize once and for all its gonna be a cold day in Hell before Matthew Boomer plays a superhero. Any of 'em. At all. Ever.

He's got no draw from one fan alive, aside from you. Aside from that, not unlike your other favorite choice Armie Hammer, he's about as intimidating as Pee-Wee Herman holding a purse.
Brotha, you gotta realize once and for all its gonna be a cold day in Hell before Matthew Boomer plays a superhero. Any of 'em. At all. Ever.

He's got no draw from one fan alive, aside from you. Aside from that, not unlike your other favorite choice Armie Hammer, he's about as intimidating as Pee-Wee Herman holding a purse.
8:46PM on 08/02/2013
LOL I bet your dreams are crushed. You've been riding that Hammer jock for awhile now. Wha wha.
LOL I bet your dreams are crushed. You've been riding that Hammer jock for awhile now. Wha wha.
4:29PM on 08/02/2013
I guess he must have seen 'Man of Steel'..
I guess he must have seen 'Man of Steel'..
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4:28PM on 08/02/2013

Good.

Not a fan of this overrated dude.
Not a fan of this overrated dude.
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4:20PM on 08/02/2013

doesn't matter

because the movie will SUCK
because the movie will SUCK
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6:35PM on 08/02/2013
With you on that one
With you on that one
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4:15PM on 08/02/2013
Maybe he would play batman if superman wore a bird on his head?
Maybe he would play batman if superman wore a bird on his head?
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4:11PM on 08/02/2013
BTW, the point IS that Batman shows Superman he is, in fact, quite vulnerable. Ass.
BTW, the point IS that Batman shows Superman he is, in fact, quite vulnerable. Ass.
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4:10PM on 08/02/2013
Good. He shouldn't if that's his take on it. Seems like he has zero respect for the genre.
Good. He shouldn't if that's his take on it. Seems like he has zero respect for the genre.
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3:54PM on 08/02/2013
Well thats good Armie , cause you sucked at playing the Lone Ranger...
Well thats good Armie , cause you sucked at playing the Lone Ranger...
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3:27PM on 08/02/2013

Hurm....

I want this to be great, but I literally don't see how it'll be possible this soon (as a sequel to MOS, with a brand new Bats in a new universe, and a supposed JLA film). The ONLY way I can see this working is if it's really just a stand-alone film with no continuity, but yet everything DC says seems like it wants to copy Marvel/Disney's success. The Flash show? The arrow show? Will these actors be the ones in the JLA movie and possible solo films? I've never watched the Arrow so IDK if
I want this to be great, but I literally don't see how it'll be possible this soon (as a sequel to MOS, with a brand new Bats in a new universe, and a supposed JLA film). The ONLY way I can see this working is if it's really just a stand-alone film with no continuity, but yet everything DC says seems like it wants to copy Marvel/Disney's success. The Flash show? The arrow show? Will these actors be the ones in the JLA movie and possible solo films? I've never watched the Arrow so IDK if it's any good but that would be fine with me if they did that - have those characters show up in JLA films and maybe cameo in others, but have their own adventures on TV, but they need to decide. It doesn't feel like any of this is mapped out. And back to the Bats VS. Supes - there's no way they can really use ANY of Miller's the Dark Knight Returns other than an older Batman (and I do think it'd be great if they went REALLY old. Obviously not Stallone, but someone his age and his shape. I wish Robert Redford or Clint Eastwood were just 15 years younger, but like a 50 year old Bats). But the reason they can't use anything from Miller's TDKR is because 90% of that stuff hasn't been introduced. Superman isn't a tool to the government. Luthor hasn't even been introduced. It's not a future world where masks aren't allowed unless they are supes and Wonder Woman working for Luthor. Then there's also the whole Brainiac thing (I think that's who Luthor' was working with). The Green Arrow hasn't been introduced (in theory I'd be fine with them using the TV show actor though he's way too young - and I don't know if he's any good). But really most importantly, they haven't introduced Kryptonite. So they should either make just another Supes sequel that introduces Luthor and kryptonite. And make a new Bats movie with the new actor in the new universe that's less "Nolan-realistic" - which is fine too - be able to use the more unrealistic villains. Set up Flash and Wonder Woman however in seperate projects while doing that, and then have the 3rd supes movie be supes VS bats, and then have the JLA movie, or do this as a stand-alone, which would prolly mean recasting Supes again though I was fine with the MoS supes, or don't do it all. But as the next DC movie, there's just not enough established and I don't see how it could possible work other than probably a couple cool fight scenes and actually seeing the two on screen. DC needs to map this out and it can be done to great success with combining quality TV shows and films, but it sounds like they are just making this all up as they go along, which will be obvious when if a Bats VS Supes movie is in theaters in the next 2-3 years. But who the fuck am I kidding? ...they'll still get my money (well no, I'll just pay to see another film then go watch it to say Fuck You to the film)
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3:25PM on 08/02/2013

He makes sense!

He is just saying that working along side the same actor as leads in two films ,that may release at almost the same time will be wierd
He is just saying that working along side the same actor as leads in two films ,that may release at almost the same time will be wierd
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3:10PM on 08/02/2013
I wouldn't have hated him if he took the role, but he always had too much of a boyish face for someone like Batman. Like I've said, Batman doesn't necessarily have to be an older person, he just has to behave and look that way.
I wouldn't have hated him if he took the role, but he always had too much of a boyish face for someone like Batman. Like I've said, Batman doesn't necessarily have to be an older person, he just has to behave and look that way.
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3:02PM on 08/02/2013

Great!

we agree with you Armie, no one wants you to play Batman
we agree with you Armie, no one wants you to play Batman
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2:56PM on 08/02/2013

Good.

People dropping his name have no imagination.
People dropping his name have no imagination.
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