"If they wanted to tap me on the shoulder and ask me to do it, why not?"
Jon Hamm has thrown his hat into the ring as a possible replacement for Ben Affleck as Batman in the DC Extended Universe.
The former Mad Men star spoke to US sports reporter Graham Bensinger on Wednesday (September 12), with the conversation quickly shifting from a discussion of Hamm’s athleticism to the possibility of him portraying Batman.
“I’d probably fit the suit,” said Hamm. “I’d have to work out a lot, which I don’t love. But, I am sure there’s an interesting version of that being out there. And if they wanted to tap me on the shoulder and ask me to do it, why not?”
Hamm revealed that he is a committed comic book fan, telling Bensinger: “I’ve read comic books since I was 9 or younger. And I’m pretty knowledgeable about a lot of them. And I like the genre, and I like when they’re done well.”
Despite admitting that there have been no official talks about joining the DC Universe as yet, Hamm acknowledged that he has long been a fan favourite to play the Dark Knight.
“I have had rumours about that since probably season one of Mad Men,” he said. “I have never had a conversation with anybody about it, literally. And I’ve sat in the room with all these guys. I have never been offered anything. I think the internet wants what it wants.
“But, I mean, a lot of people have to sign off on that, obviously not just the internet.”
Ben Affleck played the Caped Crusader in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Justice League, but his connection to the upcoming Batman film has grown ever distant. The Oscar winner was replaced as director with Matt Reeves in January 2017.
“Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require,” Affleck admitted at the time. His script for The Batman was also scrapped, and it is now heavily rumoured that he will be replaced in the title role – possibly by Hamm.