Jon Hamm reveals he denied a role at DC. Find out which

The actor was once one of the fans' favorites to play Bruce Wayne

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Jon Hamm gave a long interview to The Hollywood Reporter and talked about the pressure of playing protagonists and how his biggest role to date, Don Draper, from Mad Men, still haunts him. The actor, who was once a fan favorite to play Bruce Wayne in theaters, revealed that he has already denied a role in DC.

“There were a lot of conversations and I’m still in them. I talk to the guys who run Marvel and DC. And I'm a comic book nerd. So we'll see. Even that part of the industry is changing," the actor said. "Green Lantern was one that I definitely didn't want to do. But I've already offered myself for other roles."

The actor is referring to the film starring Ryan Reynolds, in 2011, and not the upcoming Lanterns project, which will be produced for Max. Recently, James Gunn confirmed on his Instagram account that Damon Lindelof, from Lost and Watchmen, and Chris Mundy, from Ozark, are writing the Green Lantern series for DC Studios. The director and commander of DC in cinemas also credited Tom King as one of the creators of the series.

Previously, during the announcement of Chapter 1 of the new DCU, James Gunn had already compared the series with True Detective and stated that it would star John Stewart and Hal Jordan, two of the Lanterns most beloved by fans, and that they discover a mystery that unfolds connects with the DC plot as a whole. The series will also have Guy Gardner, played by Nathan Fillion, reprising the character that will be introduced in James Gunn's Superman, indicating that the Green Lantern Corps will be part of the story. “We found this old Army Corps on Earth and these guys are basically super cops in the Earth police station,” James Gunn said at the time.

See the writers' confirmation post below:

"Yes, it's true. The DCU Lanterns series is bringing together an excellent team of writers, based on a wonderful pilot script and Bible by Chris Mundy, Tom King, and David Lindelof. A warm welcome to Chris and @damonlindelof as they join the DC Studios family (no welcome needed for ol' @tomking_tk, who's been here almost since the beginning)."

The information was already circulating after the name of the writers was published on the WGA website, indicating that they would be writing the series. Other names linked to the project are Justin H. Britt-Gibson, known for writing the Counterpart series, Breannah Gibson, credited on the Pinguim script team, as well as Vanessa Baden Kelly, who worked on the series A Vida Sexual das Universitárias, from Max. Lanterns is an upcoming American television series based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name. The series will be part of the first phase of DC's new expanded universe, called Gods and Monsters. The series is produced by DC Studios and will be released on Max.

Responsible for playing Green Lantern, Guy Gardner, in James Gunn's Superman, Nathan Fillion will reprise the role in a Green Lantern series.

James Gunn will write and direct a story focusing on a younger Clark Kent, shortly after leaving Smallville, and in his early days as a reporter in the city of Metropolis. Parallel to the beginning of his professional career, he also takes his initial steps as Superman. The film, however, is not an origin story, so we won't see Krypton exploding or the Kents discovering it. David Corenswet plays Clark Kent/Superman, Rachel Brosnahan plays Lois Lane and Nicholas Hoult is the villain Lex Luthor. Skyler Gisondo will play Jimmy Olsen, the hero's best friend. Wendell Pierce was cast as Perry White, the editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet, the newspaper where Clark Kent, Lois Lane, and Jimmy Olsen work.

Other DC characters will be in the film. Nathan Fillion plays Green Lantern Guy Gardner, Isabela Merced will play Hawkgirl, Edi Gathegi will play Mr. Incredible and Anthony Carrigan is in the role of Metamorpho. In addition to these, the film has María Gabriela De Faria as Engineering, a character who will later appear in the group The Authority, which will have its own film. Gunn and Safran will produce the film as part of DC Studios. Superman (previously called Superman: Legacy) premieres on July 11, 2025, and will mark the beginning of the new DC Universe of cinema and television.

Gunn's Superman film puts a definitive end to Henry Cavill's time as the Man of Steel after a turbulent period last year. In October 2022, Cavill recently announced his return to the role of Superman, having participated in a cameo in Black Adam. The same would be prepared for Flash, but that is no longer guaranteed. Despite having released a video announcing his return, the actor did not sign a contract with Warner, and the project for a possible Man of Steel 2 did not leave the initial stages until it was officially abandoned.

James Gunn and Peter Safran have been announced as presidents of the newly formed DC Studios. The plan is for the new bosses to install a production model similar to Marvel's, where Kevin Feige takes the reins on both the executive and creative sides. At DC, this work will be divided into two parts. Safran, who produces the features in the Conjuring universe, will take care of the executive side, while Gunn will be the creative mind behind the company's next features.