Another day, another bombshell superhero rumor. The one making the rounds today comes courtesy of Moviehole, who allege that Warner Bros, in the midst of putting together a new “Justice League” movie in answer to Marvel’s “The Avengers”, is looking to a familiar face to play one of the League’s marquee members: Batman.
Back in 2007, a then-unknown Armie Hammer had come thisclose to immortalizing his Bruce Wayne on screen; he had tried on the suit and was days away from shooting on George Miller’s “Justice League of America.” Then, the writer’s strike happened, the film lost nearly half of its funding, and the project went up in smoke. In the years since, Hammer has become a much more recognizable screen presence, thanks in no small part due to his portrayal of twins in David Fincher’s “The Social Network”, and Moviehole’s sources believe he is back at the top of WB’s wishlist to take on the role that was once his in this new incarnation of the DC superhero team-up.
This seems like a plausible development to us, though naturally we are taking it with a huge grain of salt and recognizing that, even if it is true at this stage, there’s still a long road ahead for this film. For example, they still need a director. Still, surely what WB saw in Hammer five years ago has only improved and become more bankable since and if and when casting does begin, we wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Hammer’s name in the mix. Moviehole also stresses that Warner Bros is likely keeping its Justice League universe self-contained, so no “Avengers”-style crossovers across multiple solo movies for DC and its iconic characters on screen should be expected.
The rest of the superheroes that make up the Justice League, by the way, are Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter. Miller’s 2007 cast, aside from Hammer, also included Adam Brody as the Flash, DJ Cotrona as Superman, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman, Common as Green Lantern and Hugh Keays as as Martian Manhunter. Time will tell if WB is still keen on any of Hammer’s former almost co-stars.