With Henry Cavill's apparent Superman retirement and Ben Affleck's Batman future in jeopardy, Warner Bros. is gonna need a quick solution to stem the proverbial blood loss from its comic book cinematic universe.
With so much public turmoil, actors are beginning to weigh in on the future of these iconic characters, making comments that just hint at interest, but not fully throwing their hats into the ring.
Just a few days after Ryan Gosling (First Man) was asked if he'd ever consider playing Bruce Wayne, Jon Hamm was posed with the very same question. While Gosling was a bit more cagey with his response, Hamm's was a little more enthusiastic.
"It depends on the script, what the story is," he said on Graham Bensinger's show. "I'm a huge comic book fan, always have been. I've ready comic books since I was nine or younger. I'm pretty knowledgeable about a lot of them and I like the genre and I like it when they're done well... It all comes down to the story."
Despite being a self-professed comic book nerd (he loved Black Panther and his friend is Legion showrunner Noah Hawley), Hamm hasn't been offered anything, suggesting that he has been close to the Hollywood players that make comic book films a reality. More than that, he's got the strong chin and chiseled good looks you'd expect to see in Bruce Wayne.
"I've had rumors about that since probably Season 1 of Mad Men [in 2007]," the actor continued. "I have never had a conversation with anyone about it, literally. And I've sat in the rooms 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."
But it's not outside the realm of possibility for Hamm, who, when asked if he could see himself playing Batman, said, "Sure. I'd probably fit the suit. I'd have to work out a lot, which I don't love... I'm sure there's an interesting version of [Batman] being out there, and if they wanted to tap me on the shoulder and ask me to do it, why not?"
The studio's already released a statement that basically leaves things up in the air.
With the departure of one of the DCEU's biggest names and speculation on the future of another (Affleck recently checked himself back into rehab for alcoholism), Warner might do best to hold off on further crossover films and focus on standalones, which would allow for soft reboots of the Man of Steel and the Caped Crusader. And if there are multiple Joker projects in the works, why not multiple Batmen?
Right now, however, Affleck is still set to put the cowl back on for Matt Reeves's The Batman.