Jon Hamm is not on a mission to “steal” Ben Affleck’s Batman role, despite a made-up report. The bogus story contends that the actor wants to take over the superhero franchise, but Gossip Cop looked into the situation and we can exclusively set the record straight.
Recent reports have indicated that Affleck’s future as the Dark Knight is up in the air. The actor is contracted to return for a Justice League sequel, but he’s not yet signed on for any subsequent films. Meanwhile, director Matt Reeves is currently developing a new standalone film surrounding the the DC Comics character, but Affleck’s involvement remains unclear.
A so-called “source” now tells RadarOnline, “Jon’s gunning hard for the role. Jon knows Ben has faced some criticism over Batman v Superman and Justice League, and frankly thinks he’d be better suited for the job. This is business for Jon, not personal.” The outlet’s questionable insider further purports that Hamm has been “carefully courting” Reeves for months, and the filmmaker considers him a serious contender to replace Affleck. “Ben’s not officially out of the role yet, but the writing’s on the wall, and Jon’s desperate for the gig,” adds the dubious source.
But Gossip Cop checked in with sources close to the situation, who exclusively assure us that Hamm isn’t campaigning to play Batman. We’re told the webloid’s report is simply “false.” In fact, Hamm revealed in a 2014 interview that he’s already turned down several superhero roles because he doesn’t want to get locked into playing the same character for several years. Regardless, the “Mad Men” star isn’t looking to slip into Affleck’s Batsuit.
Just last week, Gossip Cop debunked RadarOnline’s sister outlet, OK!, for publishing a similarly bogus story about who might be next to play the comic book character. The tabloid wrongly reported that Warner Bros. offered Christian Bale $100 million to return to the series, but there was no truth to the claim. This latest article is equally inaccurate.