JON HAMM on Playing BATMAN: 'I Am Sure There is an Interesting Version of That Out There'

Jon Hamm
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Updated September 12, 2018: Jon Hamm has once again expressed interest in taking the role of Batman in a film, saying "I am sure there is an interesting version of that being out there."

"It depends on the script, what the story is," Hamm said on In Depth with Graham Besinger. "I am a huge comic book fan, always have been. I have read comic books since I was nine or younger. And I am pretty knowledgeable about a lot of them. And I like the genre, and I like when they are done well."

Still, despite near constant talk of Hamm taking the role, the actor says he's never been asked.

"I have had rumors about that since probably season one of Mad Men," Hamm explained. "I have never had a conversation with anyone 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."

Still, despite Hamm's interest in the role, the actor says he's "never had a conversation" about taking the role. As for why his name continuously comes up as a potential Batman star, Hamm says he knows.

Here's the full video interview:

Original Story: Jon Hamm is actively pursuing the role of Batman, according to Radar Online. Hamm is purportedly jockeying to be the actor to replace his The Town co-star Ben Affleck should he no longer continue in that role.

“Jon’s gunning hard for the role," Radar's unnamed source said. "[Ben and Jon] enjoyed working together and have been on good terms ever since. But 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 source goes on to describe Hamm as "desperate" for the Dark Knight gig, going so far as to be "carefully courting" The Batman director Matt Reeves for months.

“Matt thinks Jon is charming and was a big fan of Mad Men, so it seems like a great transition to him,” the source said.

Jake Gyllenhaal - who almost succeeded Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man - was previously rumored to be up for the Batman part following Affleck, but Radar's source said Hamm is currently in better standing with Reeves' vision for the project.

This entire report needs to be taken with a grain of salt given Radar Online's track record, but the rumor is notable considering other recent reports.

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