Poor, poor Armie Hammer. The blond, do-gooder of Hollywood thought he could simply comment on the topic of “Avengers vs Justice League” without any repercussions, but he’s now cast his ballot in the great Fanboy Wars of 2013.
Originally meant to play Bruce Wayne in WB’s defunct Justice League: Mortal (2005), a film which only ever made it to dress rehearsals, Hammer’s been inundated with questions about the failed project over the past few weeks as he hits the press rounds for The Lone Ranger. The topic’s been especially popular since Christian Bale’s officially abandoned the Batman role in a statement made earlier this week.
When talking about the prospect of playing Batman again after the debacle in JL: Mortal, Armie threw in the towel, and conceded that it’d be too difficult with the bar set so high by Marvel movies:
“I don’t know man, that was before Marvel had crushed it with everything. It doesn’t seem like it would have been executed as well as Marvel’s done theirs. What they did is they created a following for each of the individual characters and then put them together in a movie, so you had all the people who were Thor fans, all the people who were Hulk fans, all the people who were Iron Man fans, all came together to watch this one mega movie. That was a great idea.”
Wow, Armie. I don’t think you’re going to win any friends at WB with that attitude, although, I hear the Ant-Man role is currently vacant. Perhaps he’s eyeing that spot? He’s already worked with Disney in The Lone Ranger, which is destined to raise his box office pull (despite a disappointing initial haul).