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Warner Brothers'/DC's long-gestating Justice League movie has made a series of waves over the last couple of months, most of which unfortunately turned out to be meaningless rumors that quickly washed away. Now it appears a ghost from the film's long and difficult past still looms. A "very good source" over at Moviehole is reporting that Armie Hammer ('The Social Network,' 'The Lone Ranger') is back in the running to play Batman in the upcoming superhero ensemble. I say back in the running because Hammer was the lead prospect for the role back when George Miller was set to direct. It seems Hammer's recent success has got the studio eying him yet again, though it is stressed he would only be playing Batman within 'Justice League' and not be spun off into his own new franchise.
File this story securely away in the "I'll believe it when I see it" drawer. As I said, so many rumors have been swirling about regarding 'Justice League;' the studio scrambling to gain solid footing on the project as they are repeatedly lapped by the output of Marvel properties. Remember when Ben Affleck was going to be directing? Or any other number of wild rumors? Let's play devil's advocate for a second and say that Hammer is in the running. I like him as an actor, I think he has tremendous screen presence, but I don't see him as Batman. There's not much of an edge to him as a performer and I think that will hurt his chances of actually securing this role. Also, this idea of casting a Batman solely for the JLA movie and not allowing that actor to then helm the new franchise once again demonstrates why the DC filmic adaptations lag behind those of Marvel. That line of thinking does not allow for an expanded universe or even a sense of overall character continuity. Oh well, that could be a crock as well. I'm not saying it's not possible that this is true, all I'm saying is take this "report" with an enormous grain of salt.
What do you guys think? Would Hammer make a good Batman? Should the JLA Bats be confined to just that movie?