Jon Hamm wants to play Batman and it’s easy to get on board with the idea.
Dating back to the television show in the 1960s, Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale and now Ben Affleck have donned the cape and mask to play Batman. Now Jon Hamm, who notably played ad man Don Draper on the AMC series Mad Men, is throwing his hat in the ring to play the role.
In an interview with Graham Bensinger for In Depth, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Hamm said he is a comic book fan and has given some thought to playing the role.
Adding, “I am a huge comic book fan, always have been. 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.”
Rumors attached to Hamm playing Batman are not new, and he said he has been aware of them:
I have had rumors about that since probably season one of Mad Men. 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.
Affleck’s future playing Bruce Wayne/Batman is unclear. He seemed like an odd fit for the role right off the bat (pun intended), and there are ongoing rumors he wants to give it up. Hamm, based on look alone, would have no such issue fitting the immediate bill as a billionaire who moonlights as the Caped Crusader. Then again, the same could have been said about Clooney, and that didn’t turn out so well.
Hamm was careful to say he has never discussed playing Batman with anyone. But he clearly wants the role, if and when it becomes available again, and the sentiment of the masses is behind the idea.