By Edward Davis | The Playlist October 20, 2010 at 9:18AM
Time to re-do those "Superman" picks?
Ever since his breakthrough turn as the entitled, affluent and beefy crew-rowing Winklevoss twins in David Fincher's what-actually-happened Facebook procedural, "The Social Network," Armie Hammer's name has been batted around as a contender for the role of Superman in Zack Snyder's upcoming film that's being "godfathered" by Christopher Nolan (with Snyder on-board as the director, "godfathered" now becomes a euphemism for "making sure he doesn't f*ck it up").
We weren't really having it. Sure, he is one of the stand-out roles in the picture, we do expect great things from him and we did name him (somewhat reluctantly) as a sort-of contender for the role, but the 24-year-old actor still doesn't seem exactly right for the role; possibly too young. While he was supposed to play Batman/Bruce Wayne in George Miller's "Justice League," (subtitled by us as "Teen Justice League" as the average age of every actor playing a hero seemed to be just over 20), cooler heads prevailed and deep-sixed the picture before it could get out of the gate (like "Batman Vs. Superman" or J.J. Abrams' "Superman: Flyby" script, it was one of the near-misses in super-hero film history).
However, in a recent interview with Vulture — who have obviously also noticed his name in connection with all the fan-made dream-casting — Hammer said, "I did talk to my people recently about that for the first time, and I think they're going a little older with Superman. I hear they're going 35, 40." So Hammer's checked with his agents and essentially has given all the rabidly curious fans some insight into what Nolan, Snyder, WB and Legendary are aiming for.
It's definitely a new and interesting development that certainly effects all the "Superman" speculation thus far.
Hammer also talked about the aforementioned Justice League role and said that Miller's film was tightly under wraps. So much so that he doesn't even have a picture of himself in the Batman costume. "When we were down there on the soundstages, they would take our cell phones from us if they had cameras on them. This was so top secret and so locked down, it was like walking into the Pentagon."
Those who want to know what the Batman costume was like? Harmie says it was very utilitarian. "Because Batman has such incredible resources, his utility belt was made from the finest Italian leather and highly polished, and the things that would come out of his forearm, they were titanium but wrapped in very fine leather." Ah, what could have been...
So back to "Superman: The Man Of Steel" (if that indeed sticks as the title). Does this mean Jon Hamm is back in contention? Discuss.