Casting For Superman Begins In Earnest

Because he’s not busy enough preparing to shoot “The Dark Knight Rises”, Christopher Nolan, along with Warner Bros. and director Zack Snyder, have begun the search for the next Superman in earnest. Unlike Batman, a role that has largely been played by big name actors (George Clooney, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, and now Christian Bale), the Man of Steel is a part that has usually been filled by unknowns, a trend that will most likely continue this time around.

Sources tell Deadline that

the studio is open to creating a star as it reboots the “Superman” franchise. The actor will likely either be a discovery, or an actor from TV who isn’t yet a big star. And he’ll be in the age range of 28-32. The studio expects to look at hundreds of young actors before making a decision.

The list of potential Supermen is endless, and I’m sure that, just like with the search for the new Spider-Man (and even the quest for a director for “Superman”), the hunt will be long, difficult, and fraught with rumor after rumor. Will it be someone well known, but not hugely famous yet, like John Hamm from “Mad Man” or Joe Manganiello from “True Blood”? Or will they pick a complete unknown and build him up into an instant celebrity?

Who would you like to see with the big red ‘S’ emblazoned across his chest?