– by Joseph Jammer Medina

From everything we’ve heard over the past year, it sounds like Ben Affleck is well on his way out the door for the DC Extended Universe. But of course, the role itself is much bigger than any one actor, and once Affleck steps down, there is sure to be someone to step in in his place.

But who could it be? Some have pointed to Jake Gyllenhaal as the potential follow-up Batman, but according to Radar Online, there is one actor who is trying his darndest to get the gig: Jon Hamm.

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According to one source:

“Jon’s gunning hard for the role. They enjoyed working together and have been on good terms ever since [working on The Town together]. But Jon 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. Of course, Ben’s not officially out of the role yet. but the writing’s on the wall, and Jon’s desperate for the gig — friend or not. Things have been going great for Jon since Mad Men wrapped. An iconic part like this would take his career to the next level. He doesn’t care whose toes he has to tread on to get there.”

But what does director Matt Reeves have to say about all this? Wasn’t he considering Gyllenhaal, as mentioned above? The source delved into that as well.

“Matt thinks Jon is charming and was a big fan of Mad Men, so it seems like a great transition to him. Jake Gyllenhaal has also been chasing the role, and Matt has definitely been considering him. But Jon is closer to Ben’s age and look, and will be a smoother replacement to fit into the plans already in place.”

What do you think of Jon Hamm taking over for the role of Batman? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Radar Online

  • Victor Roa

    the biggest no brainier in the world.

    • Aline

      Indeed. Hamm is just too awesome.

  • Kronx

    I’d love to see a film that focused a bit more on the Bruce Wayne side of things, and he would be great for that.

  • randomironicname

    Hamm would be great in the role for a standalone story. Unfortunately I think he is too old to build a trilogy around. I wouldn’t be opposed to a one-off if just as a palate cleanser while they re-tool everything else.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Maybe they can get Josh Gad to play the Penguin so I can skip the movie completely.

      • randomironicname

        That almost made me throw up my breakfast.

  • M@rvel

    Never even considered him for Batman before this news, but yes…. all the yes’s…….

  • Nick

    I always thought he had a face made to play Superman, but I would LOVE to see him as Batman!

    • randomironicname

      He does have a big freaking melon though. Good chin but the proportions are going to need to be adjusted on the ears/cowl.

  • Kevin Motionworkscinema Knight

    Bad decision! DC needs to re hire christian bale and continue the Batman we all came to love. If they cast a new Batman it will confuse viewers! #baleforthebatman2019

    • Kindofabigdeal

      No way, bring back the best bat. #kilmer4bats

  • Weresmurf

    YES. YES OH GOD YES. Oh my god if John Hamm doesn’t get this role, it just simply means…

    Well I don’t know but jesus fucking christ like Victor Roa says, it’s the biggest no brainer!!!

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Its funny all these actors are chasing after a dead franchise.

      • Weresmurf

        Dead for now. I await the reanimation and beating of the zombified corpse

  • Barry Meltfarb

    A thousand times…yes.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    I remember when they used to cast famous people in these tent pole movies. Ham should fit right in with the rest of the nobody actors already in place.
    Bitterness intensifies.

  • Φίλη

    Seeing Hamm makes my stomach hurt…He is awful. Bring back Bale – you have the best Batman: why experimenting with all these guys and spend millions to advertize them? Bale will bring back the displeased audience. Affleck or Hamm fanboys won’t make money for DC movies: people who like good movies and actors will (as they made the Dark Knight and the Dark Knight Rises reach 1 billion).

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.