The search for the next Batman may well be over.
According to an exclusive report by Revenge of the Fans, Armie Hammer is in final talks to star as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Matt Reeves’ upcoming solo Batman film. However, it should be noted that this news should be treated as a rumor for now, given that no official confirmations have been made.
It’s important to note that at this point in time, the actor has not officially boarded the project, but it’s widely expected he will sign soon. In contrast, however, The Wrap’s Umberto Gonzalez tweeted there currently are “no targeted names” and The Batman lead will likely be someone younger than Hammer, who is 32 years old.
After starring as the Caped Crusader in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, Ben Affleck walked away from the role last month. A few days ago, the actor confirmed that while he was at one point tapped to write, direct and star in the so-called DC Extended Universe’s first solo Batman movie, Affleck admitted that he simply couldn’t crack it the way he wanted to, so he stepped away from the project.
As many people know, this is far from Hammer’s first rodeo in the realm of superhero movies. Back in 2007, he was cast as Batman for George Miller’s Justice League: Mortal, a film Hammer is now relieved never came into fruition.
The news of Hammer’s casting will hardly be a surprise when you realize that he was considered the odds-on favorite for the role by bookmaker Boylesports as of two weeks ago. Reeves is expected to start filming The Batman later this year.