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Rumor of the Day: Armie Hammer as the new Batman?

Oct. 9, 2012by: Paul Shirey

Well, we knew these would get started sooner or later.  So...grain of salt and everything, here goes.  The folks at Moviehole have an inside source who states that THE LONE RANGER star Armie Hammer is being considered to take on the cape and cowl once again for their as-yet-to-be-announced JUSTICE LEAGUE film...again.  Hammer was originally cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman for George Miller's JUSTICE LEAGUE, which fell through just before production began. 

“It’s unfortunate,” Hammer told MTV, “because the amount of work that was already done — I mean, they had finished pre-production and they were a couple of days away from starting to shoot, so it’s a shame that nobody got to see all of the work that got put into it.”

Here's the rumor from Moviehole:

Hearing, from a very good source, today that Hammer, who is now a hot commodity after such flicks as “The Social Network” and “Mirror Mirror”, not to mention his upcoming lead role in “The Lone Ranger”, is ”back on WB’s radar” for the part of Batman. Not for a solo flick, but for the ensemble “Justice League” movie [again].

But the Batman in this movie might only be used in Justice League movies”, we’re informed, suggesting Hammer’s Batman might be restricted to the JLA universe, so chances are someone else might be get a shot at donning the charcoal duds in a solo movie.

And there it is. I think Hammer is a solid choice, really, but depending on how well THE LONE RANGER does he may not be as affordable by the time JUSTICE LEAGUE happens.  Hammer has the appearance of a younger Bruce Wayne, which sits in alignment with DC's new 52, where everyone is much younger (see image from the current Batman comic book, art by Greg Capullo), so he's got that going for him. 

Rumors have been swirling all over the place about DC and Warner Bros. trying to get it together enough to pull off a JUSTICE LEAGUE film, even sending in undercover marketing execs into comic shops asking questions like "What would fan reaction be to a Justice League movie with Frank Miller’s name attached? and other doozies. (Check out the full story about that one at Bleeding Cool.  Hilarious stuff). 

I'm sure more casting rumors like this will rain down from the sky until they get their shit together, so until then we can all have fun speculating, hoping, scoffing, and waiting. 

Let's just hope it's nothing like this...

Extra Tidbit: All right, all right, let's hear it. Who would YOU like to play Batman in a Justice League film?
Source: Moviehole

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5:35PM on 10/12/2012

UGH

If Armand Hammer is the new Batman...shoot me now. I just finished reading Christian Bale's biography by his old publicist (great read! Do it!), and the fandom/support for Bale on the net as the new Batman back when Warner were 'umming and ahhhing' is astounding. They need to go with that route, see who the fans REALLY want, do some polls, and voila...but will they tread this road again? "You don't want to draw too much out of a small group of people talking but if you look cumulatively across
If Armand Hammer is the new Batman...shoot me now. I just finished reading Christian Bale's biography by his old publicist (great read! Do it!), and the fandom/support for Bale on the net as the new Batman back when Warner were 'umming and ahhhing' is astounding. They need to go with that route, see who the fans REALLY want, do some polls, and voila...but will they tread this road again? "You don't want to draw too much out of a small group of people talking but if you look cumulatively across sites, it can start to mean something" - admitted Warner Bros. Vice President of Interactive Marketing. I just find him to be a bit too smarmy for his own good. Yes, pun intended.
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3:08PM on 10/11/2012

Yawn.

He is rumored to be EVERY superhero. He was rumored to be Superman, he was rumored to be Green Lantern, and he was rumored to be Captain America.

Not that I think he would be a horrible choice, but 1) He's got the Lone Ranger, 2) TDKR isn't even cold yet, and 3) There is no script and no director. WB would be stupid to move ahead with a rebooted Batman so quickly.
He is rumored to be EVERY superhero. He was rumored to be Superman, he was rumored to be Green Lantern, and he was rumored to be Captain America.

Not that I think he would be a horrible choice, but 1) He's got the Lone Ranger, 2) TDKR isn't even cold yet, and 3) There is no script and no director. WB would be stupid to move ahead with a rebooted Batman so quickly.
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12:17PM on 10/10/2012

Ok

I was trying to think, where do I know that guy? And then i realized he was one of the Winklevoss guys in Social Network and the prince in Mirror Mirror. Yeah he's actually a pretty good actor, a touch for the comedic, i think. Can I picture him as Batman? He doesn't seem to menace at all. But in the Justice League he wouldn't have to carry a film, it would be ensemble. I'll keep an open mind. I'm not really too interested in The Lone Ranger, but I guess if Arnie is the next hot commodity,
I was trying to think, where do I know that guy? And then i realized he was one of the Winklevoss guys in Social Network and the prince in Mirror Mirror. Yeah he's actually a pretty good actor, a touch for the comedic, i think. Can I picture him as Batman? He doesn't seem to menace at all. But in the Justice League he wouldn't have to carry a film, it would be ensemble. I'll keep an open mind. I'm not really too interested in The Lone Ranger, but I guess if Arnie is the next hot commodity, I'll be open to it. I think he can act.
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8:27PM on 10/10/2012
He wasn't just one of the Winklevoss twins, he was both! :P
He wasn't just one of the Winklevoss twins, he was both! :P
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11:48AM on 10/10/2012
I think the next set of Batman movies should introduce the Bat Family. It's a HUGE section of the Batman mythos that has either been outright ignored (Nolanverse) or completely mutilated (Batman Forever/And Robin).

The fact is, a twelve year old kid fighting criminals can be DARK. Shockingly dark. I don't understand why directors and studio don't get that. Seeing a twelve year old kid fight knife wielding thugs is horrifying. Don't think green shorts and one-liners - think Hitgirl. Think
I think the next set of Batman movies should introduce the Bat Family. It's a HUGE section of the Batman mythos that has either been outright ignored (Nolanverse) or completely mutilated (Batman Forever/And Robin).

The fact is, a twelve year old kid fighting criminals can be DARK. Shockingly dark. I don't understand why directors and studio don't get that. Seeing a twelve year old kid fight knife wielding thugs is horrifying. Don't think green shorts and one-liners - think Hitgirl. Think Arya Stark. Batman is training this kid because if he doesn't, Dick's going to go out on his own and get himself killed.
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9:57AM on 10/10/2012
He kinda has the Alex Ross Batman look going
He kinda has the Alex Ross Batman look going
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9:55AM on 10/10/2012
I like Armie Hammer, and I see why they would pick him, since he's pretty handsome. But still unsure. It's so hard to top Keaton and Bale.
I like Armie Hammer, and I see why they would pick him, since he's pretty handsome. But still unsure. It's so hard to top Keaton and Bale.
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8:56AM on 10/10/2012
My pick for the next Batman is still Karl Urban.
My pick for the next Batman is still Karl Urban.
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3:49AM on 10/10/2012
I like the guy but I just don't see him as Batman. He seems to clean cut and non broodish (if that's a word). I like the idea of Alex O'Loughlin as Batman/Bruce or Logan Marshall-Green.
I like the guy but I just don't see him as Batman. He seems to clean cut and non broodish (if that's a word). I like the idea of Alex O'Loughlin as Batman/Bruce or Logan Marshall-Green.
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11:05PM on 10/10/2012
Alex O'Loughlan was decent in "The Shield," but he's a total bore on "Hawaii 5-0." He just poses all the time. In other words, he is Batman. But he's not Bruce Wayne.
Alex O'Loughlan was decent in "The Shield," but he's a total bore on "Hawaii 5-0." He just poses all the time. In other words, he is Batman. But he's not Bruce Wayne.
2:51AM on 10/10/2012
if Heather Ledger was alive,he would be my choice as next Batman
if Heather Ledger was alive,he would be my choice as next Batman
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2:50AM on 10/10/2012
if Heather Ledger was alive,he would be my choice as next Batman
if Heather Ledger was alive,he would be my choice as next Batman
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1:15AM on 10/10/2012

Smallville's Absolute Justice

There was a Smallville two-parter written by Geoff Johns that premiered as a two-hour TV movie. It had Clark Kent in a black Matrix style outfit, The Star-Spangled Kid, Star Girl, Sandman, Hawkman, Doctor Fate and the Green Arrow. The Star-Spangled Kid, Sandman and Doctor Fate were all killed off but other episodes from the same season had Aquaman, Cyborg, Martian Manhunter, Black Canary and Zatanna.
There was a Smallville two-parter written by Geoff Johns that premiered as a two-hour TV movie. It had Clark Kent in a black Matrix style outfit, The Star-Spangled Kid, Star Girl, Sandman, Hawkman, Doctor Fate and the Green Arrow. The Star-Spangled Kid, Sandman and Doctor Fate were all killed off but other episodes from the same season had Aquaman, Cyborg, Martian Manhunter, Black Canary and Zatanna.
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11:35PM on 10/09/2012
What I find interesting is that he was announced to play Batman in the cancelled George Miller Justice League film, as mentioned in the article, and then he went on to play the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network. His double Josh Pence would go on to play young Ra's al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises.
What I find interesting is that he was announced to play Batman in the cancelled George Miller Justice League film, as mentioned in the article, and then he went on to play the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network. His double Josh Pence would go on to play young Ra's al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises.
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9:38PM on 10/09/2012
Bale is to Keaton as Hammer is to Kilmer as ???will be to??? to Clooney. Then we'll get the reboot all over again.
Bale is to Keaton as Hammer is to Kilmer as ???will be to??? to Clooney. Then we'll get the reboot all over again.
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8:54PM on 10/09/2012
How long till we hear some idot say Jon Hamm's name for a part in this movie?
How long till we hear some idot say Jon Hamm's name for a part in this movie?
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9:54PM on 10/09/2012
You just did ;-)
You just did ;-)
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8:27PM on 10/09/2012

Avengers was lame, justice League is lame!

A glorified cosplay convention!
I love Batman but he works better alone, not with silly superheroes.
People may like Avengers but it was atrocious, I don't get the love, it's way too silly.
Are we all ok with settling for kids movie versions of cool superhero characters!?
A glorified cosplay convention!
I love Batman but he works better alone, not with silly superheroes.
People may like Avengers but it was atrocious, I don't get the love, it's way too silly.
Are we all ok with settling for kids movie versions of cool superhero characters!?
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7:03PM on 10/09/2012

Im OK with him

Could work
Could work
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6:48PM on 10/09/2012
They should get a director first.
They should get a director first.
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11:14AM on 10/10/2012
Best comment so far. I won't trust the film if the studio is doing the casting and not the director.
Best comment so far. I won't trust the film if the studio is doing the casting and not the director.
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6:47PM on 10/09/2012

Meh

Mirror Mirror was really bad, and he isn't staring in The Lone Ranger sadly, Depp gets top bill, Hammer is supporting, kind of messed up but Depp is Disneys golden boy.
Mirror Mirror was really bad, and he isn't staring in The Lone Ranger sadly, Depp gets top bill, Hammer is supporting, kind of messed up but Depp is Disneys golden boy.
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5:29PM on 10/09/2012

Meh...Too Young?

He definetly has the look, but I was kind of hoping they would go with an older Batman so that they could include several of the Robin's in the future Bat films. (Dick could already be Nightwing, and they could introduce Jason and lead into the whole Death In the Family Storyline)

If they could find away to introduce Dick Grayson into the Justice League Movie (not Robin yet), I think that would be the best option, as you could have him be Robin in the 2016 Batman.
He definetly has the look, but I was kind of hoping they would go with an older Batman so that they could include several of the Robin's in the future Bat films. (Dick could already be Nightwing, and they could introduce Jason and lead into the whole Death In the Family Storyline)

If they could find away to introduce Dick Grayson into the Justice League Movie (not Robin yet), I think that would be the best option, as you could have him be Robin in the 2016 Batman.
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5:56PM on 10/09/2012
someones got a crush on the boy wonder
someones got a crush on the boy wonder
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4:51PM on 10/09/2012
I'm not fond of him. I don't exactly see how Social Network and Mirror Mirror qualify you for Batman.
Sure, maybe Lone Ranger will be good... but still. I just don't see it.
I'm not fond of him. I don't exactly see how Social Network and Mirror Mirror qualify you for Batman.
Sure, maybe Lone Ranger will be good... but still. I just don't see it.
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4:07PM on 10/09/2012
Personally, I think Armie Hammer would be best suited as Terry McGinnis' Batman and not Bruce Wayne. It could work though I think he may struggle with the role. Something Christian Bale easily overcame as in separating the Batman & Bruce Wayne roles.

Think The Social Network compared with Adaptation i.e Armie Hammer playing Armie Hammer with additional dialouge Vs Nic Cage's ALTER-ego competing with Nic Cage's ULTRA-ego.

Anyways I guess. I'll just have to watch TLR to reach a solid
Personally, I think Armie Hammer would be best suited as Terry McGinnis' Batman and not Bruce Wayne. It could work though I think he may struggle with the role. Something Christian Bale easily overcame as in separating the Batman & Bruce Wayne roles.

Think The Social Network compared with Adaptation i.e Armie Hammer playing Armie Hammer with additional dialouge Vs Nic Cage's ALTER-ego competing with Nic Cage's ULTRA-ego.

Anyways I guess. I'll just have to watch TLR to reach a solid conclusion.

Extratidbit: Assuming the back story is already covered and we get straight to the action, I say Ryan Gosling.
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3:19PM on 10/09/2012
Im not suprised by this news, dude was cast already as Batman before so why wouldnt he be considered. I'm okay with him taking over the cowl, he fits the bill nicely.
Im not suprised by this news, dude was cast already as Batman before so why wouldnt he be considered. I'm okay with him taking over the cowl, he fits the bill nicely.
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2:27PM on 10/09/2012

I could see it.

If they had to remake Batman right away, a very young Batman would be an interesting take. Also, Armie Hammer is a huge guy and I can see him in the cowl.

Too bad rumors this early are almost never true.
If they had to remake Batman right away, a very young Batman would be an interesting take. Also, Armie Hammer is a huge guy and I can see him in the cowl.

Too bad rumors this early are almost never true.
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2:25PM on 10/09/2012

Who ever they Choose.....

There needs to be only 1 batman
i dont care who
but they need to be the same
no different batman for solo film and a different one for justice league
who would ever do such a dumb idea
There needs to be only 1 batman
i dont care who
but they need to be the same
no different batman for solo film and a different one for justice league
who would ever do such a dumb idea
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4:46PM on 10/09/2012
I don't know how much of a draw the Justice League would be as a movie in and of itself. But as a non-comic book fan I'm inclined to agree. I highly doubt The Avengers would've done half as good as it did if audiences weren't already somewhat familiar with the likes of Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, and Nick Fury. People love Batman. He's one of the most real-world super-heroes because he's just a billionaire vigilante detective. But if they lack continuity, do they really care that a man calling
I don't know how much of a draw the Justice League would be as a movie in and of itself. But as a non-comic book fan I'm inclined to agree. I highly doubt The Avengers would've done half as good as it did if audiences weren't already somewhat familiar with the likes of Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, and Nick Fury. People love Batman. He's one of the most real-world super-heroes because he's just a billionaire vigilante detective. But if they lack continuity, do they really care that a man calling himself Batman is running around with a bunch of super-heroes, who might also be cast strictly with the JLA movie in mind?
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