'Mad Men' taking the comic world by storm (even if Superhamm is just a dream)

mad-men-starsImage Credit: Landmark/PR Photos; Bob Charlotte/PR Photos; Tommaso Boddi/PR PhotosWhat is it about cigarette-puffing Madison Avenue types that screams capes and super powers? Today’s most exciting rumor award goes to the gloriously welcome idea of Jon Hamm pulling on blue tights and taking that shiny black hair of his on a ride through the sky. The Mad Men star’s lantern jaw has long been bandied about as an obvious fit for a Superman reboot, with director/comic book geek Kevin Smith wholeheartedly endorsing the prospect last year. Today, unconfirmed reports have begun swirling again that Hamm is being “seriously considered” for the David Goyer-penned script that Christopher Nolan is producing for Warner Bros. Unfortunately, Hamm’s rep tells us that the actor hasn’t talked to anyone about the role. “This is definitely false. So much speculation on these comic projects and 99% is wrong/wishful thinking!” the rep said via email. So as much as we’d love to see Hamm turn in his suit for a cape, at least for now, it will remain a dream.

However, Hamm’s icy on-screen ex Betty Draper has exchanged her oven mitt for a Russian fur hat. January Jones is currently filming her new role as White Queen Emma Frost in X Men: First Class. At the risk of blowing your geeky mind, dare I bring up the notion of Christina Hendricks snagging a role where she gets to kick actual ass? The scarlet-haired one, who has a quick supporting part in next month’s Life As We Know It, sent hearts aflutter when she expressed her desire to star in an action vehicle, “the sort of movie where I had to learn kung fu for three months.” Hollywood, please kick-start that long-gestating Wonder Woman adaptation. This woman was born to rock a red  bustier, blue satin trunks, and vinyl boots. Hendricks’ forehead, a work of anime in itself, practically begs for a gold crown! Can you imagine if she brought some of Joan’s blistering cool to the role of every girl’s favorite spinning superhero?

And if Hollywood continues to pluck from our ’60s Madison Avenue crew, where might some of our other Mad friends fit into the genre? Peggy, the faithful, lion-hearted friend, would make a proper Bat Girl. Pete Campbell is a natural dastardly villain for whom you feel secret sympathy, a man whose tender heart turned toxic when his lady left him and his father belittled him. Harry Crane is a tough one. I love the guy, despite and because of his oafy earnestness, but he might have to be someone’s butler.

Help me Super Friends. Let’s cast the likes of John Slattery, Elisabeth Moss, and Vincent Kartheiser in the comic book world. Someone out there give the genius of Miss Blankenship her due and craft a graphic novel describing the adventures of a former hellcat. And while you’re musing fantastical, holler if you’re smitten by the idea of Superhamm. Weigh in if you’re already exhausted by the mere prospect of all the Facebook wall photos of the same people who dressed as Joan for Halloween now posing in boots, starred spandex and gold whip of justice?

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  • Mr. Holloway

    Thanks for posting a Christina Hendricks photo the week before I leave for vacation…much appreciated. (Even though January Jones’ crazy eyes right next to it kinda takes something away.)

    How about John Slattery as Howard Stark? Oh…

    • tracy bluth

      That was some great casting. Roger as Tony Stark’s father? Brilliant.

    • Karate Pants

      Ha! I got a Jon Hamm picture the DAY before I leave on vacation…perfect stuff for daydreaming in the sun. lol

  • tracy bluth

    Ugh….I’m not looking forward to this X-Men: First Class thing. McAvoy and Hoult are good actors, but Jones as Emma Frost? Emma Frost may be an “ice queen”, but she’s awesome and has a sarcastic sense of humor.

    • tracy bluth

      Oh, and Jon Hamm already played Lex Luther…on a Funny or Die clip. If he is chosen to play Superman, I vote that his costume should be a swimsuit (see Sunday’s episode of Mad Men).


    I always thought Christina Hendricks would make a great Poison Ivy, and she’s probalay the only woman in Hollywood who has the hair and body for it. make this happen people!

    • tracy bluth


    • Mr. Holloway

      GREAT call! Even though I’m not holding my breath for a Poison Ivy appearance in Chris Nolan’s more realistic “Batman” movies… I will, however, look forward for a CH-as-Poison Ivy appearance in my dreams.

  • Bug

    I would just like to point out that Pete was in a comic book (series) as Angel’s handsome yet strangely androgynous son Connor in “Angel.” Though his hair was way worse then.

    • Adam

      Haha, yeah! And Christina Hendricks has the Joss Whedon connection too with her villianous guest role in Firefly.

    • orville

      I always keep forgetting that he was Connor. Such different characters. And I loved Henricks’ character on Firefly. Fantastic.

      I think Kartheiser could make a decent Riddler as well.

  • Dr Rand Pink

    My Twitter profile @DrRandPink is so John Hamm like, I’m blushing at the opportunity to even be considered worthy enough to wear a cape.

  • Bruce L

    It’s too bad Daredevil has already been done so poorly; Rich Sommer (Harry Crane) would be a terrific Foggy Nelson.

    • Mr. Holloway

      The fact that it was done so poorly actually opens the door for one of Hollywood’s beloved “reboots”…

      …with a pre-cataracts surgery Ms. Blankenship in the title role.

  • Erin

    Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise is due a female villain. I vote Christina Hendricks as Poison Ivy!

  • DavidJ

    I’m all for an older and more mature Superman (ala’ George Reeves), but I think I’d just have too hard a time taking Hamm seriously in the role.

    • Adam

      Agreed. John Hamm could make a great superhero, but I don’t think Superman is the right one for him…

  • Auntie

    What about Jared Harris as a young Alfred the Butler?

  • Michael Sacal

    Hamm is better suited to play Lex Luthor than Superman.

  • JenD

    I think Christina Hendricks would be an excellent Catwoman. Even though Catwoman has kind of been done to death. And Pete Campbell as the Boy Wonder? That’s funny.

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