Given the lukewarm-to-hostile reception met by Batman vs Superman and Justice League, and the fact that Ben Affleck just generally carries himself like a man who no longer gives a shit, it’s no surprise that the current caped crusader is looking to step aside from the DC cinematic universe soon.
Affleck was originally slated to star in, write and direct the stand-alone film The Batman, but his script was rewritten, he stepped down as director (to be replaced by Matt Reeves), and it is now understood that he will not star, with the Flash movie Flashpoint will mark his last appearance in the role.
All of this begs the question of who will replace him, and at least one source claims that Jon Hamm is extremely keen to take a crack. Hamm starred alongside Ben Affleck in the Boston crime thriller The Town, and he certainly has the tortured alpha male thing down from his time on Mad Men.
While these things should always be treated with a certain amount of skepticism, Radar’s source reckons that:
“Jon’s gunning hard for the role … [He] knows Ben has faced some criticism over Batman v Superman and Justice League, and frankly thinks he’d be better suited for the job. This is business for Jon – not personal. The writing’s on the wall, and Jon’s desperate for the gig – friend or not. He doesn’t care whose toes he has to tread on to get there.”
One potential catch is that Matt Reeves reportedly already has his eye on another actor for the role: Jake Gyllenhaal. Gyllenhaal has auditioned to play Batman in at least one of the previous films, and joked with Howard Stern about how he would have handled the performance.
Aquaman, the next entry in the DC cinematic universe, is due out in 2018, with Shazam and Wonder Woman 2 set to follow in 2019. As yet, release dates for The Batman and Flashpoint are not confirmed.
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