I’ve been waiting for everyone else to catch up to the realization I had at the end of The Dark Knight Rises: As awesome as that shot of Joseph Gordon-Levitt discovering the Batcave was, it was a final, powerful note to end the trilogy on, and not a hint to future Christopher Nolan Batman adventures.
Well, people seem to finally accept that we won’t be seeing JGL take up the mantle from Christian Bale—mostly because now there’s another young Batman contender. Rumor has it that Armie Hammer is ”back on WB’s radar” to potentially play the Caped Crusader in the studio’s second attempt at a Justice League America movie.
Back in 2007, long before we knew him as playing the Winklevii in The Social Network, unknown actor Armie was set to play Batman in JLA. Australian director George Miller (Mad Max) had assembled a cast and planned to shoot in Australia, but the one-two punch of the 2007 writers’ strike and the Aussie government denying a 40% tax rebate forced production to shut down. As Armie told MTV in 2010, they were literally days away from shooting. Even sadder, he’d already gotten to try on the costume! “I didn’t even get a picture of it,” he said.
Now, this is all conjecture and unconfirmed quotes, but it would make a lot of sense for Armie to take up the cowl again. Compared to five years ago, he’s a household name thanks to The Social Network and even Mirror Mirror, and of course he’s playing the titular vigilante in The Lone Ranger opposite Johnny Depp. He has the star power that could propel this project to finally getting made.
Because, if you didn’t already know, Justice League America will basically be DC Comics‘ answer to Marvel‘s The Avengers. It’s a superhero ensemble movie where Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, and Martian Manhunter have to unite (can’t say assemble!) to fight off their own nemeses. However, considering that Joss Whedon is writing the script for the Avengers sequel, I don’t know how good of a chance JLA will have at all.
I’d be curious to see if Warner Bros. goes for a bunch of unknowns or mimics Marvel in hiring all known names, especially since that risk worked for them. I imagine Ryan Reynolds might reprise the role of Green Lantern… and can I put forward Cobie Smulders for Wonder Woman? Unless her role as Agent Maria Hill makes it contractually impossible to play for both sides.
Well, WB has got til 2015 if they want to go up against The Avengers 2…
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