Jon Hamm expresses interest in portraying Batman. A number of actors have played the Caped Crusader over the years, most recently Ben Affleck in DC Extended Universe installments like Batman v Superman and Justice League. The constant cinematic reinvention of the character has allowed different performers to put their own spin on it, and many are curious to see who will don the cape and cowl next. By all accounts, Affleck is stepping down from the role, meaning there’s an opening for Matt Reeves’ The Batman.
One actor who’s long been a fan-favorite for a superhero movie is Hamm, who made a name for himself as Don Draper on AMC’s Mad Men. He’s appeared in a handful of acclaimed films as well, including The Town and Baby Driver, but he’s yet to make the jump into the realm of comic book adaptations. That isn’t for lack of interest however – as Hamm is just waiting for the right project to come across his desk.
In an interview with THR, Hamm revealed he would like to play Batman, but only if the script was up to snuff:
“It depends on the script, what the story is. 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… I’d probably fit the suit. I’d have to work out a lot, which I don’t love. 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?”
Hamm also stated he hasn’t been offered any superhero parts throughout his career, and even if Affleck’s departure becomes official, that’ll be unlikely to change. Though there’s no denying Hamm has the talent to make a compelling Batman, his age could be a factor. He’s a year older than Affleck, and word has it Reeves is looking for someone 15-20 years Affleck’s junior to be the next Batman. It isn’t surprising a younger actor is being sought out, especially since Warner Bros. is apparently resetting their DC Comics movie universe in the wake of Henry Cavill vacating the Superman role. The studio would want people who can headline a series over a number of years. Even if they don’t pursue an MCU-style shared universe, WB would be interested in standalone trilogies for their various characters at the very least.
While the ship may have sailed on Hamm headlining his own franchise, it doesn’t necessarily mean he has no future in the genre. There are, of course, a number of supporting characters (including villains) he could play if the opportunity presented itself. Hamm is currently in the midst of filming Top Gun: Maverick and is also in line to star in the mystery thriller Off Season, so hopefully he finds time in his schedule to bring someone from comic books (whether it’s Marvel or DC) to life.
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