Joe Manganiello Trolls Batman Fans with More Armie Hammer Photos
Last week, a report surfaced that Armie Hammer may be joining a DCEU movie, after it was discovered that he was recently followed on Twitter by DC Films president Geoff Johns and Joe Manganiello, who has been confirmed to play Deathstroke in Ben Affleck's The Batman. This lead to a wave of speculation that the actor may be joining the DCEU in some capacity, whether it be in The Batman or Green Lantern Corps, which the actor seemingly picked up on. He sent out a series of tweets teasing a major announcement, which ended up just being that the actor will 'play his old guitar'. Now Joe Manganiello has gotten in on the act, posting photos of himself and Armie Hammer 'burning the midnight oil'.
Armie Hammer shared the same photo but with a different caption on his Instagram reading "Men at work." The photo has both actors looking at an iPad. We can't see what's actually on the tablet, or if this means that Armie Hammer has in fact joined The Batman in some capacity, but it's also possible that this is all just a ruse perpetuated by the actors, after the initial story broke that he also started following Joe Manganiello on Twitter.
Joe Manganiello also posted another photo from Armie Hammer's wife Elizabeth Hammer, which shows Armie, Elizabeth and Joe Manganiello with his wife, Modern Family star Sofia Vergara. While some fans may scoff at Twitter activity and Instagram photos being used as clues to decipher casting mysteries, some sites correctly predicted that Rick Famuyiwa would come aboard to direct a DC movie, after he started following several DC-related Twitter accounts. Shortly thereafter, he signed on to direct The Flash, although he would later drop out due to creative differences.
Many fans are excited for Armie Hammer to join the DCEU because he almost starred in a DC movie nearly a decade ago, although it never came to fruition. Back in 2007, George Miller was set to write and direct Justice League: Mortal, which featured a cast full of rising stars, but the film never went into production thanks to the writers strike. Armie Hammer was set to play Batman, alongside D.J. Cotrona as Superman, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, Adam Brody as The Flash, Common as Green Lantern, Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman, Teresa Palmer as Talia Al Ghul, Zoe Kazan as Iris Allen, Hugh Keays-Byrne as Martian Manhunter and Jay Baruchel as Maxwell Lord.
As for The Batman, Ben Affleck will be reprising his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman, with Joe Manganiello's Deathstroke as the main villain. No other cast members have been confirmed for The Batman, which may be eyeing a late 2018 release date, although that has yet to be confirmed. Ben Affleck is directing from a script he co-wrote with DC Films president Geoff Johns. No other casting or characters have been confirmed for The Batman yet, but there has been speculation that this superhero adventure will feature almost every major Batman villain, excpet the Red Hood, whose involvement has been denied. Take a look at the Instagram photos of Armie Hammer and Joe Manganiello below.