Rumour: Armie Hammer top choice for Justice League's Batman

Armie Hammer is once again being tipped to play Batman, in Warner Bros’ ambitious DC Comics team-up, Justice League .

We say again, because you’ll probably remember that Hammer was cast as Batman in Justice League during an earlier iteration of the project, which had George Miller ( Mad Max , Happy Feet ) down to direct before it fell apart.

Well, it seems he might get to don the cape and cowl after all, with Moviehole (opens in new tab) claiming ‘a very good source’ has word that Hammer’s top of WB’s Bruce Wayne wishlist.

At 26 years old, Hammer would be the youngest actor to portray Batman, as long as the film gets going within the next five years (Bale is the current youngest, aged 31 when Batman Begins was released).

Hammer certainly has the physique, jawline and prep-school prance to essay Wayne and his alter ego, but his CV lacks any evidence that he could handle the darkness and grit we’ve come to expect from DC’s troubled orphan.

Then again, as the JL Batman will need to buddy up with Superman, Wonder Woman and more, perhaps the studio are after a more ‘sociable’ Bats.

Hammer’s next significant role is playing the title character in The Lone Ranger , which opens in the UK on 9 August 2013.

Justice League currently lacks a release date. And director. And cast. It does have a writer though...

Matt Maytum
Deputy Editor, Total Film

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.