“Jon’s gunning hard for the role,” a source exclusively revealed to RadarOnline.com.
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!
“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.
“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.”
Hamm, 46, is ready to fly in and has been “carefully courting” 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 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.
“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.
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