Armie Hammer Explains Why His Batman Never Happened

By Nick Venable 2013-07-07 18:38:46discussion comments
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Itís been six years since we first reported on a potential Justice League movie in the works. While six years isnít really that long, relative to someoneís lifespan or how long these DC Comics characters have been around, itís an eternity in the film business. Especially for a movie that isnít a sequel.

One of the first casting rumors to hit at the time had acting newcomer Armie Hammer taking the role of Batman. Hammer has since gone on to make a name for himself with starring turns in David Fincherís Facebook movie The Social Network, Clint Eastwoodís biopic J. Edgar and, most recently, the big screen adaptation of The Long Ranger (which didnít appear to make much box office magic this past weekend.) But whatever happened to his initial involvement, and the year-long Australian production planned? He shares the story with Marc Fennell of the Australian SBS2 series The Feed, which you can watch below.

Hammer tells the Aussie Fennell, ďYou guys had an election and changed your Prime Minister who changed your tax rebate incentive program and then we had a writerís strike in the US so we couldnít change anything in the script and everybody wanted to change things, soÖ it was a perfect storm.Ē Just when you thought that damned writersí strike might never come up again, it rears its ugly, Justice League-denying head. Seemingly rubbing it in everyoneís faces, Hammer went on to say, ďIf what we were going for would have happened would have been the perfect combination of the realistic grittiness of the Dark Knight series mixed with the amazing detail and, sort of tactile nature of the Star Trek series.Ē Considering the backlash against the hopeless violence Zack Snyder gave us with Man of Steel, Justice League may need to get cheerier should it ever actually get made.

Some of you may be saying to yourself, ďBut wait, didnít you guys just report on current rumors that put Hammer back in the Batman role?Ē We sure did. But Hammer had something to say about this as well, though he didnít directly reference the rumors.

When asked if he would be willing to entertain the role again, Hammer was rather pessimistic. ďI donít know man. That was before Marvel had crushed it with everything. It just doesnít seem like itíll be executed as well as Marvelís done theirs. What they did is they created a following for each of the individual characters and then put them together in a movie, so you had all the people who were Thor fans, all the people who were Hulk fans, all the people who were Iron Man fans, all came together to watch this one mega movie. That was a great idea.Ē

Of course, saying Justice League wonít be as good as The Avengers just proves that Hammer isnít a moron, but in no way speaks to how interested he is in playing Batman. This story isnít over yet, people!

Meanwhile, peep Hammerís leading man status alongside the overbearing Johnny Depp in the trailer for The Lone Ranger, in theaters now.

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