Jon Hamm is best known for playing savvy advertising executive Donald Draper on AMC's "Mad Men," but you might know the actor for a very different reason. Over the past several weeks and months, Hamm's name has been dropped in connection with various comic book roles — indeed, he's a reliable presence in my Secret Identity column — and recently, Hamm has found himself entangled in a rather sizable rumor: a starring role in Christopher Nolan's "Superman" reboot.
Naturally, it's impossible to tell whether or not there's truth to the rumor, and the 39-year-old Hamm is certainly playing coy. In an interview with the Toronto Sun, the actor said that he hasn't "been informed of that [rumor]. They might want to run that by me."
But more importantly, Hamm echoed a sentiment held by some members of the comic book community: that he's simply too old to play the Man of Steel.
"I maybe aged out of that competition," Hamm said of playing Superman. "I don't know, I think unless Superman's power was the power of being really old."
It's not the first time that Hamm has downplayed his odds of playing Superman. Earlier this year, we spoke with the actor and he expressed a different concern in donning the red and blue tights: "It's a tricky road to go down with some of those heroes, because they're not flawed. Superman is Superman — he's invincible, so where's the drama?"
But Hamm, a self-described "huge comic book fan," certainly has his fair share of supporters. Kevin Smith, for example, is an advocate of Hamm not only for Superman, but also for Batman.
"That dude could play Batman and Superman," Smith told us last year. "You look at him and he's got a f---ing Superman look, but he's got a Batman thing going on, too."
I agree with Smith, but seeing that Batman is currently occupied by Christian Bale, I'm happily on the "Hamm for Superman" bandwagon. I don't see him as too old for the part — on the contrary, I think a more mature Superman could be exactly what the franchise needs, particularly under the guidance of someone like Nolan.
But what do you think: is Hamm too old to play the part, or is he just right? Head to the comments section and Twitter to let us know what you think of Hamm's chances.