Amid reports that Ben Affleck will reprise his role as Bruce Wayne in Warner Bros.' Flashpoint but not in the planned Batman movie, another star is said to be lobbying to don the cape and cowl: Jon Hamm.
According to Radar Online, the 46-year-old Mad Man star is said to be "gunning hard for the role." Citing an unnamed source, the website reports that Hamm has been "carefully courting" The Batman director Matt Reeves for months.
A previous report indicated that Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes, Let Me In), who succeeded Affleck as director of the Batman solo film, has been preparing for the actor's long-rumored departure from the role. To that end, the filmmaker is said to favor Jake Gyllenhaal as the new Dark Knight.
“Matt thinks Jon is charming and was a big fan of Mad Men, so it seems like a great transition to him,” the source told Radar Online. "Jake Gyllenhaal has also been chasing the role, and Matt has definitely been considering him. But Jon is closer to Ben’s age and look, and will be a smoother replacement to fit into the plans already in place.”
Speculation about Affleck's future as Batman has become a sort of cottage industry, fueled in no small part by the actor's own comments. He seemed to dismiss rumors about his imminent departure in July at Comic-Con International, where he declared, "Let me be very clear, I am the luckiest guy in the world," only to again cast uncertainty on his plans after Justice League.
Hamm, who appeared in Affleck's 2010 crime thriller The Town, most recently co-starred in Edgar Wright's action crime movie Baby Driver.