Armie Hammer Rules Himself Out of 'Batman vs. Superman' Movie, Studio to Cast Older Batman?

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Once upon a time, Armie Hammer had actually signed on to be the next Batman on the big screen, in a 'Justice League' movie that was eventually canceled, but judging from his most recent comments on the subject, it sounds like he has no interest in a Dark Knight return.

Hammer, speaking to the UK's Metro about his career prospects following 'The Lone Ranger,' was asked to weigh in on rumors that he might end up donning the Bat-cowl for Warner Bros.' upcoming 'Batman vs. Superman' film -- and he dismissed them out of hand, starting his response by saying, "I’m not actually a big fan of superhero films. If you have a guy who is supposed to be invulnerable, then what’s the point?"

Hammer's comments are a little curious, given that he had signed to play Batman in that George Miller 'Justice League' movie before the plug was pulled during the writers' strike in 2007. But, as he pointed out, his upcoming co-starring gig with 'Man of Steel' star Henry Cavill in the Guy Ritchie-helmed 'Man from U.N.C.L.E.' movie would seem to rule out any sort of superhero mashup between the two.

"I think if Henry and I did that film and then a superhero film straight after, people might start to wonder about us," he joked, quipping, "God, he’s dreamy!"

And maybe Warner Bros. was never seriously looking at Hammer anyway. A new report on Batman-on-Film says that the studio is looking to cast an older, more experienced Batman, with an actor in his mid-40s (which would match the supposed 'Dark Knight Returns' inspiration for the film). Could the always lingering Jon Hamm fancasting actually pan out?

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