What are you waiting for, WB?! Now that Marvel’s The Avengers has become one of the highest-grossing films of all time, superhero super-groups are back in black in Tinseltown. And that means new life for the long, long, long-awaited movie version of The Justice League starring the titans of the DC Comics firmament, namely Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman. And with Christopher Nolan‘s depressive Dark Knight trilogy now concluded, it’s time to start thinking about the perfect man to don the cowl: Armie Hammer.
We pride ourselves here at Brave New Hollywood for our ability to spot kick-ass talent rising up through the ranks, and the handsome Hammer was on our radar long before The Social Network, Mirror Mirror and J. Edgar made him a star.
Audiences will have a chance to catch the clean-cut, preppy-handsome hunk onscreen next summer in the megabucks reboot of The Lone Ranger. He’ll be in the saddle in the title role, with Johnny Depp at his side as Tonto.
TRIVIA: Fans may not realize that five years ago, an unknown Hammer was set to take over the role of Batman in a Justice League film directed by George Miller. Unfortunately, the project fell apart within days of principal photography. “We had gotten a long way into pre-production,” he told MTV.com in 2010. “We were about to start shooting when the writer’s strike happened at the end of 2007, and then the Australian government denied a 40-percent tax rebate that they thought they were going to have, so a lot of things just when wrong… it’s a shame that nobody got to see all of the work that got put into it.”
Flash-forward a few more years, and Hammer is now a hot ticket and back on the Warner Brothers radar. “The studio needs a new guy to guard the cave now that Christian Bale has hung up the cowl,” notes Moviehole.net. “And with plans to reintroduce a younger take on the character in the upcoming movie, a draft of which has been completed by Will Beale, the studio has Hammer atop of their list of potentials.”
What do you think? Do you see anyone else filling out that body armor, or is he the perfect fit?
Click the links below for Brave New Hollywood’s past coverage of Hammer.
* “Armie Hammer Cast As Prince Alcott. Will Saoirse Ronan Be His Snow White?”
* “Rising stud Armie Hammer to play Leo’s love interest?“