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The Search Begins For Superman

Superman, by Alex Ross

The search has begun for a new Man of Steel, with Warner Bros. willing to cast an unknown or a television actor for the reboot of its Superman franchise.

Deadline reports that the studio, producer Christopher Nolan and director Zack Snyder are expected to look at hundreds of young actors, ranging in age from 28 to 32, before settling on the Last Son of Krypton.

As the website notes, Superman adaptations have a history of turning to “discoveries” and lesser-known actors, dating back to George Reeves in Adventures of Superman. Christopher Reeve was a stage actor with only a few TV credits when he was cast in Superman: The Movie, while Brandon Routh had a handful of minor TV roles before landing Superman Returns.

Deadline goes on to rattle off the names of some of the actors who have recently been the subjects of Superman speculation: The Social Network‘s Armie Hammer, True Blood‘s Joe Manganiello, The Vampire Diaries‘ Ian Somerhalder and, yes, Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm. Of those, Somerhalder is probably too short — he’s listed at 5’9 1/2″, which probably means 5’9″ — and Hamm, at 39, too old.

The Superman reboot, thought to be called Man of Steel, is written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer and Nolan. Filming is expected to begin in June for a holiday 2012 release.


  • Khiaao

    They might as well just use that kid thats playing it now on the WB

  • Wayne

    I like the idea of the almost-total unknown, for many reasons. I do wish Routh could get another pass at it, so we could see Routh’s Superman instead of Routh Channelling Chris Reeve.

  • Summer

    I like Armie Hammer, but I can’t quite see him as Superman.

    Matthew Bomer was my choice for Supes a few years ago, but I doubt that’ll happen.

  • cfosmoooooov

    How about Milo Ventimiglia? Barring his past as Peter Petrelli he looks the part, and could act as a more human superman, instead of some underwear model who can’t act. He’d just need to bulk up a lot.

  • Bclewis6593

    Brandon Routh has gone back to doing minor tv roles. Where he belongs.

  • Bclewis6593

    That kid isn’t a kid anymore he’s pushing the envelope of being too old himself. He’s 32.

  • Greg

    My vote is Zachary Levi from Chuck as Superman.

    And Lost’s Evangeline Lilly as Lois Lane…

  • Dr Bob

    Armie Hammer is too young – he’s only 24.

  • Diane

    Not going to lie. I really want Jon Hamm or Tom Welling to get the role. I would love that. I’ll probably be disappointed when the real announcement comes, but for now … I have hope.

  • JMC

    Jon Hamm’s to old and Welling can’t act and lacks charisma (plus I want a Superman movie without Smallville baggage)

    Go with an unknown.

  • multispaz

    Hate to say this because DC instructed us not to think about the Justice League, (for the time being), but Superman will have to be some kind of commanding figure if Ryan Reynolds is Green Lantern and Christian Bale is Batman. If he is too young he will seem like a pup and too juvenile to have earned his leadership. If he is too old, he will appear to be a father figure who will be leading predominantly by maturity and power dominance. God help him if he is not charismatic.

    As much as I am comfortable with either of the recent “Superboys” (Routh or Welling) or the elder statesman Hamm, eventually these characters will have to interact with other characters if DC ever wants to present an alternative universe to Marvel. I know this is a difficult aspect of the whole Superman search if you cast outside of a Superman franchise but how are these topics easy to ignore when Marvel will have adapted at least four new films before a Justice League movie will be on the table for consideration.

    It seems to me everyone loved Christopher Reeve in his time, but the issues of today are not similar to box office expectations and super hero reality of the 1970’s and I can’t imagine anyone with decision authority ignoring that. It’s hard to believe that other super hero principle actors, box office experience, general charisma, and the potential to sustain and anchor at least three sequels will not be part of this decision making process.

  • RDR

    It is douche bullying like this that give fanboys a bad name. There was no need to attack Diane’s post. You could have made your preferences known to the world in general. But no, you had to pick her post out in particular. Why are fanboys so ugly and immature?

  • Nilla

    Wow. His post wasn’t even harsh or rude or anything. He just expressed disagreement.