Armie Hammer Compares His Take On THE LONE RANGER To Batman And Spider-Man

We're still quite a long way from actually seeing Armie Hammer's take on 'The Lone Ranger' in the Disney remake, but the actor talks here about the similarities between his interpretation of the character and superheroes like Batman and Spider-Man. "There's a little of the Dark Knight in him..."

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By Josh Wilding - 10/25/2012
We've heard an awful lot about the problems which initially surrounded the production of Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger, so it's refreshing to now get some insight from star Armie Hammer on his take on the iconic character. In the latest issue of Empire Magazine, he reveals that his take on the iconic lawman shares some notable similarities with Batman, and to a lesser extent, Spider-Man. Be sure to pick up the latest issue of the publication to read more of his and Verbinski's comments on the project, and sound off with your thoughts in the usual place!

"It's the rock 'n' roll Lone Ranger, actually. Our take is darker and more complex, more action-packed and more badass than the old TV show. It's a 21st century version of the character you know. There's a little of the Dark Knight in him. There's less moral ambiguity, but there are definite similarities. They're both vigilantes who feel they have to wear a mask to serve justice because the people who are supposed to be doing it aren't. I think The Lone Ranger will always resonate with people as a seeker of justice in the same way Spider-Man or Batman does. And I think we're doing a great job of making the character accessible to everyone, from the seven year old kid who brings his cap gun to the theatre to the 80 year olds who remember the original radio show."







"The Lone Ranger" is a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

STARRING:

Armie Hammer as John Reid, the Lone Ranger
Johnny Depp as Tonto
William Fichtner as Butch Cavendish
Ruth Wilson as Rebecca Reid
James Badge Dale as Dan Reid
Tom Wilkinson as Latham Cole
Barry Pepper as Captain Jay Fuller
Helena Bonham Carter as Red
Mason Cook as Will

RELEASE DATE: May 31st, 2013.


Source: Empire Magazine
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GOTG - 10/25/2012, 8:28 AM
shit movie
ElShumway - 10/25/2012, 8:29 AM
And here comes Rex in 3, 2, 1...
CBMFANATIC1988 - 10/25/2012, 8:29 AM
cant wait!!!!
scarecrow007 - 10/25/2012, 8:30 AM
I call BS. Still not seeing it even if there are bits of SW and LOTR in there.
FilmsFan - 10/25/2012, 8:31 AM
Hea a great actor!

Wouldn't mind him as Batman with Henry in JL film.

On Lone Ranger; to sell the film; why didn't they titled it: THE DARK RANGER : RISES of TONTO!!
superotherside - 10/25/2012, 8:33 AM
Interesting, hope this movie is good and brings back the western genre.
Grievo - 10/25/2012, 8:43 AM
that cap gun kid is gonna' have the snot beat out of him if he pulls that out in a post Aurora theater.
RamonSuarez - 10/25/2012, 8:54 AM
Is it me or this trend of making every hero the same model of morally ambiguous vigilante already cliched? Like Superman or Captain America, the Lone Ranger is a figure of absolutes - a true Boy Scout. Why do directors feel that the old-fashioned idea of the American hero has to be updated to appeal to audiences? Have we become so cynical and jaded as a society that we need to see the same variation on the same type of anti-hero?
jingorot - 10/25/2012, 8:55 AM
the dark knight was a great film, but ffs can we have a movie that isn't trying to copy it for once?

look at avengers. great film too. you don't need to be 'dark' to be successful in today's day and age.
Minghagz - 10/25/2012, 8:55 AM
Looks like a cool movie but... I can't consider this a Lone Ranger movie.
Dev7 - 10/25/2012, 8:57 AM
This movie is going to be a financial failure. You don't have a star like Johnny Depp as a supporting actor and a relatively unknown as the main star. Also interest in the Western genre has dried up decades ago.
Dedpool - 10/25/2012, 9:27 AM
So it's the Dynamite Comics version?
jaewest215 - 10/25/2012, 9:31 AM
@ jingorot - I think that The Dark Knight has had such a big influence, and had so much success, that the movie (or franchise) is a blueprint for most directors. The Avengers is GREAT and I agree! You wouldn't say that if people were copying The Avengers. I watch it all the time with my 2 year old but it plays to a different audience. I can't watch The Dark Knight with him because its geared more towards adults. He watches Avengers EVERYDAY and understands and LOVES it.

Once again people are comparing apples to oranges. You can compare but you shouldn't and its not fair. I mean to each its own but both movies are great and we the fans win.
razor - 10/25/2012, 9:32 AM
Probably not a good idea to encourage people to bring cap guns to a theater. It's just the times we live in. It's not 1955.
jimpinto24 - 10/25/2012, 9:37 AM
2 things I want to say:

1.I hope WB does not cast Armie Hammer as Batman!!!??? I would rather WB cast Jake Gyllenhaal or Karl Urban as Batman

2.Lone Ranger looks pretty good!
IronDean2099 - 10/25/2012, 9:43 AM
Shut up, man, your chance to be Batman FAILED and if you ever do play Batman, you will FAIL.
BlueMex - 10/25/2012, 9:45 AM
Ill judge when i see it first
MiracleMe - 10/25/2012, 9:46 AM
I want this to be good but I'll be going in with greatly lowered expectations. I'm a Depp fan but not a fan of the Pirates films. So if the initial reviews aren't good I'll wait for it to come to my local library, like I'm waiting for Dark Shadows.
Hexagram - 10/25/2012, 10:06 AM
It would be fantastic if this turns out to be a solid summer film & does what he says it will: satisfy that broad a demographic.

Armie is a good actor(has range)& I think he's got a great comedy role down the line someday. Also don't think he'd be too shabby as an Alex Ross/Arkham City influenced Batman in 2015's Justice League.
UltimaRex - 10/25/2012, 10:38 AM
@Gordon. You were here first :P

Anyway, Armie Hammer for JL's Superman.
UltimaRex - 10/25/2012, 10:44 AM
@brazilianbatman. I thought you were joking LOL.

Armie Hammer for JL's Superman.
docgl - 10/25/2012, 10:58 AM
Dedpool We wish it was the Dynamite version. That version actually keeps most of the legend intact. This movie destroys the legend from what I have seen so far.
evyllsummer - 10/25/2012, 11:14 AM
Eh, not interested in the movie, but I would like to see Armie Hammer in a comic book movie...WB would be smart to try to lock him up for the Justice League movie, regardless of the role...except for Wonder Woman...I don't want him in THAT role...
Fastestmanalive - 10/25/2012, 12:27 PM
Seems pretty good, I'll give it a chance.
BlueDemon - 10/25/2012, 3:44 PM
meh...I'm hoping this will surprise me and be good...i doubt it though...I wish they would have done a Mask of Zorro type of movie
TheOverlord - 10/25/2012, 9:31 PM
I'll believe it when I see it, and I won't be seeing it until 5 years after it's released when it's on at 3am on FX and I'm drunk.
manofmidgard - 10/25/2012, 11:40 PM
i want this movie to be good, but it looks so bad!
SAT - 10/26/2012, 2:15 PM
Lol I love how ppl have declared they will never ever see this movie...after ONE teaser. And yet they have high hopes for JLA which is clearly being put into production bcuz of the Avengers & GOTG, both have ZERO trailers or casts. Now I won't judge any of the films till I see them. I'm looking forward to JLA, GOTG, AND Lone Ranger!
SAT - 10/26/2012, 2:16 PM
And I wouldn't mind him as Batman, OOOOOH how dare I!

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