Gotham City may not have found its new Batman after all.
The website Revenge of the Fans reported “Call Me By Your Name” star Armie Hammer is in the final stages of talks to play the Caped Crusader in Warner Bros.’ upcoming reboot of “Batman” but the 32-year-old actor says it’s simply not true.
On Tuesday, Hammer addressed the casting rumour to Yahoo Movies UK.
“No one who can actually give me the job has asked me if I’m interested,” Hammer said, denying reports. “I don’t even know if they are done – they are still working on a script.”
Hammer added that it was a “bummer” to have to refute the report, saying he hasn’t been approached for the part.
“I don’t think that they are close to production but I can conclusively tell you that no one has checked my availability, which is a bummer,” he said.
If Hammer does find himself in the running to play the Caped Crusader, the studio might have to wait a while for “The Social Network” actor to become available. He currently has four upcoming movies on his slate, including the drug trafficking drama “Dreamland”, the Hercule Poirot mystery “Death On The Nile”, Ben Wheatley’s remake of “Rebecca” and a sequel to “Call Me By Your Name”.
The search for a new Batman is on after Ben Affleck, who played the iconic superhero in three films, was to have been star, screenwriter and director of a standalone “Batman” movie, announced last summer he was stepping away from the role.
Subsequently, news emerged that Warner Bros. planned to take the character in a new direction, focusing on a younger, less-experienced Batman in director Matt Reeves’ upcoming film, which is set for a 2021 release.
Other names that had been floated as potential “Batman” stars included Ansel Elgort, Dylan O’Brien, Logan Lerman, Noah Centineo, Jack O’Connell, Richard Madden, Kit Harington, Nicholas Hoult and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, the site notes.
If Hammer is indeed cast as the Dark Knight, he would be the sixth actor to play Batman since Adam West’s campy 1960s TV version, following in the footsteps of: Michael Keaton (1989’s “Batman” and 1992’s “Batman Returns”); Val Kilmer (1995’s “Batman Forever”); George Clooney (1997’s “Batman & Robin”); Christian Bale (2005’s “Batman Begins,” 2008’s “The Dark Knight” and 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises”); and Ben Affleck (“Batman v Superman” and “Suicide Squad”, both released in 2016, and 2017’s “Justice League”).