The Justice League was supposed to be the movie that made Armie Hammer a star.
Back in 2007 when George Miller was prepping his take on the superhero team for Warner Brothers, the director cast the unknown actor in the role of Batman amongst lots of head-scratching from film fans who had never heard of the actor before. Miller’s film would ultimately be cancelled by the studio, in part over concerns about its proposed budget, and Hammer would have to wait until he would be cast in the dual role of the Winkilvoss twins in The Social Network for his star to rise.
But now there is a rumor circulating that Hammer may get a second chance at playing the Caped Crusader in Warner’s new attempt to get a Justice League film onto the big screen. Moviehole is reporting from that an unnamed source that the actor is “back on WB’s radar,” though only for the Justice League film and not for a solo Batman film.
Hammer has already put on a mask for next year’s The Lone Ranger and reportedly his performance in that film may be a factor on whether he gets to put on the cowl for the studio. He better watch out though. Taylor Kitsch was reportedly being considered by the studio earlier this year, but after the disappointing box office for John Carter, Battleship and Savages his name has been dropped off the list.
Currently the studio has a Justice League script by Gangster Squad scribe Will Beale that it likes and is looking for a director for the project. The studio is also weighing their options as to how to continue with the Batman franchise now that Christopher Nolan has completed his Christian Bale-starring trilogy.