Superhero Hijack! Jon Hamm Stealing Batman Role From Ben Affleck, Source Claims

Decrease Font Size Increase Font Size Text Size Print This Page

Former Mad Men star Jon Hamm has his sights on stealing bloated buddy Ben Affleck’s Batmobile to become the Dark Knight, a source claims!

“Jon’s gunning hard for the role,” a source exclusively revealed to

Though the two have been pals since co-starring in Affleck’s 2010 film The Town and were drinking buddies before Hamm got sober in 2015, the coveted comic book character may be up for grabs — and Hamm is no Joker about wanting in!

PHOTOS: Marriage Trouble? Ben Affleck & Jen Garner Living Separate Lives – Troubled Pair Not Seen Together In 31 Days

“They enjoyed working together and have been on good terms ever since,” the source said.

“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.”

While Affleck, 45, is still the one answering the Bat-Signal, things are likely to change.

PHOTOS: First Public Appearance! Jon Hamm Speaks Out On His Struggle With Alcoholism: ‘I’ve Had A Lot Of Support’

“Of course, Ben’s not officially out of the role yet,” said the source, “but the writing’s on the wall, and Jon’s desperate for the gig — friend or not.”

Since Affleck’s split from Jennifer Garner, his struggles with substance abuse have been making headlines and he hasn’t committed to future Batman projects.

Hamm, 46, is ready to fly in and has been “carefully courting” director Matt Reeves for months.

PHOTOS: Happy To See Us? Jon Hamm’s Pants Are Very Tight In A Certain Area: 7 Photos Of His Wardrobe Malfunction

“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 has also been chasing the role, and Matt has definitely been considering him. But Jon is closer to Ben’s age and look, and will be a smoother replacement to fit into the plans already in place.”

While Affleck’s career stalled with going to rehab this year, Hamm’s star continues to rise with his recent hit film Baby Driver.

PHOTOS: Hammered? Gaunt Jon Hamm Spotted Knocking Back Drinks, Despite Rehab Stint

“Things have been going great for Jon since Mad Men wrapped,” according to the insider.

“An iconic part like this would take his career to the next level. He doesn’t care whose toes he has to tread on to get there,” claimed the source.

We pay for juicy info! Do you have a story for Email us at, or call us at 800-344-9598 any time, day or night.

Start the conversation, or Read more at Radar Online

Leave your comment