Over the last few days, movement on Matt Reeves’ Batman movie has gone into overdrive. First, Reeves finally shed some light on his take on the Bat mythos. Then, Warner Bros. finally set a release date for the movie — June 25, 2021. To top it all off, Ben Affleck himself set the record straight about his involvement in the project, essentially confirming his departure as Batman.
While the writing has been on the wall since, well, since Batman v Superman gave us “Sad Affleck,” whether or not Affleck would remain in the cowl for the duration of the DCEU had always been an unanswered question. Whether or not Affleck suits up elsewhere, Reeves has always been adamant that a different, younger actor was going to be his Caped Crusader. And if you’ve ever followed me on twitter, you know my pick has always been Armie Hammer.
To be fair, Hammer has been many Batfan’s preferred Bruce Wayne for a long time, including director George Miller who cast him in the aborted Justice League Mortal film in 2007.
In full transparency, I wasn’t a fan of the idea more than a decade ago. Since I was invested in seeing Christopher Nolan’s Batman story play out, the idea of another version of the characters — not to mention multiple versions of Superman, what with Superman Returns and Smallville already coexisting — was less than appealing. Hammer was also only 19 years old at the time and the idea of a teenaged Batman was not for me.
Flash forward a decade, though, and Hammer has not only aged into the role, his look, size, and physicality (Affleck is 6’4″, Hammer is 6’5″) make him the perfect choice to step into Affleck’s Bat shoes. Also, his resume since 2007 is perfectly suited to prep him for Batman. Masked Hero? Check (The Lone Ranger)! Spoiled Rich Kid? Check (The Social Network)! Eccentric Billionaire? Check (Sorry to Bother You)! On top of all that, he’s got a proven track record playing well with other DC heroes!
Batman and Superman
Batman and Lex Luthor
Batman and Wonder Woman*
Though I think he’s too short to be Batman, I’d be down for BatPoe mainly because Friend of the NOC Preeti Chhibber wants it so badly.
My Dark Horse Dark Knight, though?
I also wouldn’t be mad at a Michael B. Jordan or Daniel Kaluuya Batman.
Especially if New York Times columnist gets to write the script.