The Superman suit isn’t the only spandex superhero costume that Warner Bros. might have to think about filling with a new actor. Rumors that Ben Affleck is done playing Batman have been circulating for over a year now, and Warner Bros. has never commented on that. If Warner Bros. is thinking of replacing Ben, Jon Hamm is up for it.
Jon was asked about Batman during a recent appearance on In Depth with Graham Bensinger (via E! News). He says he’s been tied to Batman casting rumors since the first season of Mad Men back in 2007, but this is the first time he’s really spoken about the possibility. Jon has never had an official conversation with anyone about it, so this is still in the realm of fantasy casting, but he’s interested. However, just because Jon is open to the idea of growling at bad guys in a superhero mask doesn’t mean he’s a sure thing. There has to be a good script.
“I think the internet wants what it wants, I can’t control the internet. It depends [on] the script, what the story is. I’m a huge comic book fan, always have been. I read comic books since I was nine or younger. And I’m pretty knowledgeable about a lot of them, and I like the genre, and I like it when they’re done well…But it depends on the story. It’s all comes down to the story.”
He adds that he could see himself playing the part and that he’d probably fit the suit (well, some of him would fit inside the suit). But he jokes that he’d probably have to work out a lot more, which he’s not a fan of.
The internet may want him to be Batman, but there was a time Warner Bros. allegedly wanted him for the role of Green Lantern (that eventually went to Ryan Reynolds). At the time, Jon said:
“They came after me pretty hard for Green Lantern. But I was like, ‘Meh, that’s not what I want to do.’ Never say never, but these aren’t the kind of movies I like to go and see. They don’t make the kind of movies I like to see anymore.”
Being Don Draper for seven seasons gave him plenty of experience playing a dark, handsome playboy with a secret identity, so he’d be perfect for Bruce Wayne. I could see Jon Hamm’s Bruce Wayne hitting on a girl in his helicopter, notice the Bat Signal in the sky, and be like “Yeah, that’s nothing…so tell me more about your favorite candle scent.”