While there is still the long and complicated process ahead for Warner Brothers’ Justice League film, it’s trying to reach a status where the studio once was that seems to be the most difficult task. Let’s not forget that just a few years ago, WB had nearly everyone cast in a Justice League film for an intriguing take on the DC Universe; including Adam Brody as The Flash, Common as Green Lantern, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman and more.
But if there was one actor on the list who certainly has grown in prominence in the years following, it’s Armie Hammer. After successful turns in The Social Network and the upcoming The Lone Ranger, the actor is certainly prepared to become a huge star. Now, it seems that’s exactly what WB wants as a new report suggests that Hammer could be returning to star once more.
Moviehole reports that WB is looking at Armie Hammer to reclaim his spot as Bruce Wayne a.k.a. Batman. They say that he is back on the studio’s radar and that they’re looking at him for only this film, not another solo Batman effort when the hero is rebooted following the massively popular Dark Knight trilogy. If audiences fall in love with him, that seems to be a major favor in possibly getting him onboard for more Batman films but for now the studio is at least just interested in bringing him back for the team-up.
And really this bit of news actually makes a decent amount of sense. Though it was five years ago, Hammer rehearsed for the job, trained and knew exactly what to expect for Batman. The only problem is that with Hammer emerging as a major star, there’s a good chance he may turn down the return despite his previously saying that he was sad to see the role pass him by. With his schedule opening up soon, perhaps he could be a great candidate.
Of course, this is all really preliminary. Warner Brothers has a script from Will Beall (Gangster Squad) already but they have yet to find a director, who will easily be making casting choices of his or her own for their vision of the superhero film. This certainly decreases Hammer’s chances but given enough studio pressure it’s clear that WB could have their way. All that’s really left is to see whether or not this plays out, or whether someone better comes along as The World’s Greatest Detective.
We’ll keep you updated as the film develops in the future.