The search for the next Batman may have come to an end, depending on who you believe.
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.
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.
While little is known about writer and director Matt Reeves' Batman film, it was widely reported that Reeves was looking to cast an actor much younger than Affleck to feature a Dark Knight in his prime as the World's Greatest Detective.
Hammer has been a frontrunner to become the next Bruce Wayne almost as soon as Affleck's departure was confirmed. In fact, recently, betting odds had surfaced about the Batman casting, and Hammer topped the list with 7/2 odds. Plus, this is far from being the first time that Hammer has been associated with Batman. Years ago, the actor had been tapped to play Bruce Wayne/Batman in the Justice League: Mortal movie, a project that ultimately never went into production.
Hours after the rumor surfaces, several Hollywood insiders said that it simply wasn't true.
Heroic Hollywood's Umberto Gonzalez has tweeted out that Armie Hammer casting is false. The Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kit also took to Twitter to claim that the rumor was false, and that Reeves and Warner Bros. have not even started the official casting process for the part yet.
I’m not in the business of debunking bunk but considering everyone got in a tizzy over this...there is no truth to the below. Being told there haven’t even been any actor meetings for THE BATMAN. (But that doesn’t mean Reeves and WB don’t have ideas of who they would like) https://t.co/8CB8aHARID— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) February 19, 2019
Justin Kroll, a writer for Variety, also tweeted out that the rumor was false, but hinted that some other "interesting" news, presumably regarding Batman's cinematic future or DC's movie slate, could be on the way later this week. He included a GIF of Bradley Cooper winking, which could tease that actor's involvement in a DC project or could simply be for comedic effect.
Yeah, that BATMAN rumor is false. That said, potential for this week to be very interesting on a number fronts. Sleep tight. pic.twitter.com/HCHTIkLISK— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) February 19, 2019
As of this writing, there's no way to know if there is any truth to the rumor or not. While far from being official, this rumor actually makes a degree of sense, given that it was recently said that Warner Bros. was looking to cast a familiar face in the role. After starring in The Lone Ranger, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Call Me By Your Name, the actor definitely fits the bill.
We'll simply have to wait for Hammer's representation or Warner Bros. to confirm or deny the casting rumor.
The Batman is written and directed by Matt Reeves. While there is no official cast or production start date set yet, the movie is scheduled to be released on June 25, 2021.