Why Armie Hammer Won’t Play Batman: Henry Cavill

Armie Hammer Batman
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Actor who put on a mask in 'The Lone Ranger' not a fan of superhero movies

Although he was initially set to play Batman in Warner Bros.’ “Justice League” movie in 2008, that George Miller was going to direct, Armie Hammer said he’s no longer interested in putting on the cape and cowl in Zack Snyder’s follow up to “Man of Steel.”

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His reason: the guy playing Superman, Henry Cavill.

Hammer, fresh off Disney’s “The Lone Ranger,” will star opposite Cavill in WB’s big screen adaptation of “The Man from UNCLE,” that Guy Ritchie will direct, and told Metro in a new interview: “I think if Henry and I did that film and then a superhero film straight after, people might start to wonder about us …”

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But he added that “I’m not actually a big fan of superhero films,” ruling him out of future roles based on Marvel or DC characters. “If you have a guy who is supposed to be invulnerable, then what’s the point?”

Warner Bros. will release its Batman vs. Superman film in summer 2015. “UNCLE” will start production in September. While it does not yet have a release date, WB is eyeing it for late 2014.

SEE ALSO: Warner pulls plug on ‘Justice League’

Of course there’s also one other thing holding Hammer back from the Dark Knight role: An offer from Warner Bros. and Snyder.

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  1. Uncle Morty says:

    Karl Urban

    Armie Hammer…no straight males are going to see him as Batman/Bruce Wayne

    Hammer is done – back to the trust fund

  2. Bob Oneil says:

    Hammer should sit on the bench for a year or two, and choose wisely. I hope he finds better advice.

  3. Bitter, party of one!

    Crossing my fingers for Richard Armitage.

  4. Trenkamp says:

    Imagine getting cast in the role of a lifetime, playing one of the most recognizable icons on the planet and being directed by an action genre legend. The announcement goes out in all the trades, your friends and family are so proud of you and your career for the next 3 – 10 years is all laid out for you. You’re flown to location, fitted for your costumes and spend months rehearsing, training and dieting.

    Then, 2 weeks before your first day of filming, the studio arbitrarily pulls the plug. All that hard work wasted. Your career put on hold. Your friends and family asking what happened.

    If I was Armie Hammer, I would’t be too keen on working for WB/DC again, either.

  5. bhash says:

    Batman should be played by Michael Shannon

    • Sheep says:

      Thankyou! I’ve been trying to tell people this. Plus his first big film flops and he gets rejected to being superman. I still hope he will be batman though

  6. The Kingslayer says:

    The next Batman should either be Jon Hamm, Jim Caviezel or Jake Gyllenhaal.

  7. JP says:

    Hammer should be careful not to burn bridges at this point in his career. The Lone Ranger was a high profile flop, and Mirror, Mirror performed below expectations. If he’s lucky enough to be offered Batman, he should take it.

    • Rick Aneeda says:

      No kidding, he’s on thin ice right now with studios. He just starred in the biggest flop in recent memory. Of course Johnny Depp has the weight on his shoulders as well, but he certainly doesn’t need to turn away roles right now. He’s an heir to a massive oil company anyways, he might not be too worried about anything.

  8. faustiel says:

    thats good he’d suck as batman; the lone ranger was ok but he certainly wasnt the star in that

  9. George Rodriguez says:

    Loved your burn at the end.

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