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?

Author: Brent McKnight

Brent McKnight lives in Seattle with his dogs. He likes beards, movies where things explode, and overcast skies. His three favorite movies are "Rubin and Ed", "A Bittersweet Life", and "Out for Justice". He wishes his knees didn't hurt. On Twitter @BrentMMcKnight
  • Anonymous

    If someone were doing a live-action “Kingdom Come” or some other “mature” Superman movie, Hamm would be perfect, but I really didn’t mind Brandon Routh and it’d be fun to see him a genuinely good Superman movie. Or just get Michael Fassbender. Fassbender for everything.

    • Dedpool aka Jiinx

      YES!! FASBENDER FOR ALL!!! LOL But he’s not a bad choice. I would go with Joe Manganiello from True Blood too. I agree Hamm works for Kigdom Come era Supes or a more mature experienced Supes.

    • Westhighlineman2004

      tom welling



  • gevalher

    Brandon Routh is the man!!!

  • Heroshinwoo

    Omg just bring back Routh. He was epic as superman/Clark Kent

  • Bad Zack

    tom welling damn it

  • Alexander

    I wasn’t a fan of Routh… he didn’t seem natural as Kal, Clark or Superman. He always seemed to be acting. When you see Christopher Reeves filling all of those roles he does it flawlessly and effortlessly. His Clark Kent is incredible, and with a simple straightening of his back and inhale of his breath he becomes Superman without even needing the costume. That’s who they need – someone who can puff out their chest and “be” Superman without needing the costume… then when they get it on… it’s epic!


    Routh was real good but if theres one that could be the man of steel its smallvilles Tom Welling, but if they don’t want him how about True Bloods “Eric Northman” Alexander Skarsgard?

  • Fogler_7

    What??!!! Alexander Skarsgard??? Are you kidding me man???. Even with dark haire he would look nothing like Superman! You might as well take Dolph Lundgren and paint his haire. Get a grip man!!!

  • Edward M Zarnawski

    My pick is Ryan McPartlin (Chuck, Mad Men). He originally auditioned for the role for Superman Returns but lost out to Chuck costar Routh. Routh’s performance was the only thing that I liked about Returns. However I don’t think that he will reprise the role. Also if we were casting for Kingdom Come Jon Hamm would be perfect for Superman and Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld, Rules Of Engagement) as Cpatain Marvel/Shazam would be great!

  • The Strongest There Is

    If we were doing a darker superman I would go with Bill from True Blood. If we are going the route of Superman Doomsday Animation, I would love it. I want Superman to look like a man, Not a prettied up lady’s man.
    Lex Luther = Vin Diesel.
    (With a good director and a good script Diesel can act. I crave a strong Luther and Brainiac. For those who will ultimate backlash for Diesel being mentioned, watch “Find me Guilty”. He should have won an oscar for that one. A manly superman and a non real estate centered Luther ftw.
    Brainiac = voiced by a deadpan Will Arnette.
    Lois Lane = Julia Styles.
    Jimmy = Sharlto Copley (district 9)
    Perry White = John Hamm, or Gene Hackman
    Jor-el = Liam Neeson
    Martha Kent = Margot Kidder (original Lois Lane)

    Yeah, I would watch that.

    Also I wouldn’t mind giving Brandon Routh a second try but only if he could stop trying to do his best impersonation of Reeves and developed his own Superman Persona. I’ve liked him in everything BUT Superman Returns.
    Thats All.

    • SmileyFace!

      It’s Lex LUTHOR, you dimwit. Don’t go acting like you’re a Superman know-it-all when you don’t even know how to spell the most infamous villain in the Superman series. =(

      • The Strongest There Is

        listen bro, I’m not acting like a know it all you douche. I put what i would like to see and sorry in my hurry I missed a letter on a name. Way to show yourself as a dick. Also, the problem was corrected and through computer problems was re-instated for the post. Eat a dick.

  • Cryston

    Tom Welling has amazed me in his portrayal of the depth and complexity of Clark Kent/Kal-El. I was a huge fan of Christopher Reeve as a kid and I must admit that Welling is making hard to remain loyal to the great Reeve: he’s just that good.

    As for Lois Lane, no actress on any screen in the last 100 years has portrayed a better, more engaging, more believable, or more beautiful Lois than Erica Durance.

    For Lex Luthor, I’ve never seen it done as well as Michael Nausbaum (sp?).

    Building a movie around these three from Smallville would be a great way to both reboot and build on the existing fan base.

    Routh was OK, he didn’t do much in the way of acting, but they didn’t give him much to do in that script. I haven’t seen a Superman story that has made him as 3 dimensional as those folks at Smallville have. Aside from not knowing that Metropolis is in New York, not Kansas, the CW writers have really impressed me over the years. Chris Nolan should grab a couple of them to help too.

    Good luck Superman 2012!



    • Mylesmoore25

      i agree i wish holywood would open their eyes and realize what a good job tom welling and micheal rosenbuam and the rest of them guys from cw did such a great job and the hell of it is there’s so many fans out there that would love to see them on the big screen maybe if we all band together one day it will happen lmao but not holding my breath hehe :)