Rumor: Jon Hamm as Superman?

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That’s the current going rumor of the day around the nerdosphere, courtesy of the site Collider, who has decided to resurrect an old rumor from ThinkMcFlyThink. In the original article, TMT quotes unnamed sources as saying that “Mad Men” actor Jon Hamm is being “seriously considered” for the role of the Man of Steel in Christopher Nolan’s reboot of the franchise.

Obviously you should take this with a big helping grain of salt, as Superman is a pretty big role, and chances are everyone in Hollywood wants it, especially with Christopher “Midas Touch” Nolan attached to produce and “Godfather” the film through its many phases. Also, the original TMT post is from July 26 of this year, and there have been no updates on the potential casting since. If Hamm really was being seriously considered for the role, wouldn’t we have heard something about this by now?

In any case, Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures have already set a December 2012 release date for the film, which would mean they need to get around to casting this thing already and find a director. Nolan will probably not be available (he’s got that Batman guy waiting in the wings), but rumor has persisted that Nolan’s younger brother, Jonah Nolan, may make his feature-film debut on the film. Personally, I think David Goyer, who is also co-writing the reboot script, would make a better choice, if only because he’s directed big-budget movies before.

When I first heard the rumor, I immediately thought, “He’s too old for the role.” Hamm is already 39, and will be 40 by the time he slips on the tights for the role. That knee-jerk reaction, I think, is due to the fact that Brandon Routh last played the character, and I’ve since attached “young” with “Superman”. Also, the idea of “rebooting” a franchise with an older actor seems somewhat counter to Hollywood’s usual way of thinking. The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of a mature Superman. In any case, Hamm certainly looks the part, especially if Alex Ross was casting the role (pictured below).

And let’s not forget, Robert Downey Jr. wasn’t exactly a spring chicken when he started “Iron Man”, and neither was Hugh Jackman ala “Wolverine” and the “X-Men” movies, so there are precedents here.

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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/BZBUOXY42MWKDTFMTQIXVNUB24 Dominique

    PET PEEVE…..It’s starting to irritate me how everyone keeps using “Christopher Nolan” and “Godfather” in every single article about the new Superman reboot so frequently. There are other adjectives you can use…..mentor, guide, overseer, beacon, etc….

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Good word choices. I think they’re using “godfather” because he’s giving a bit of a direction to go in and keeping it grounded as well. But I get your point. But Nix is using the term because it’s what was used when the news first came out.

  • http://twitter.com/Vgerland Vanna Land

    I do not like that mature picture of Superman at all and if that is the direction they take I will not bother with seeing it in the theater. Yawn. Bring Routh Back. Brandon Routh is and was perfert for the part of Superman.

  • http://twitter.com/Terminator2366 Bad Zack

    no thank you — tom welling will be fine in the part

  • http://twitter.com/Terminator2366 Bad Zack

    no thank you — tom welling will be fine in the part

  • Los angeles SEanster

    Are you kidding? David Goyer directing an epic movie like this? Come on, Goyer’s a horrible director (Blade Trinity and The Unborn??). Let him write..he’s AWESOME at that.

  • Ribwich

    Please note that Nolan’s brother’s name is Jonathan, not Jonah. He’s not a ‘Jonah Brother’. Also, how did fan casting suddenly evolve into “serious consideration”?

  • Brian

    Hamm certainly fits the part and in terms of physical aspects I think he’s entirely perfect for the role. That said, I believe he is far too good an actor to play a superhero. Let’s be honest, most (not all) but most superhero movies have some mediocre or terrible acting in the lead.
    Add in the fact that the Superman part is kind of cursed and ends careers, something I wouldn’t like to see happen with Hamm.
    I’m still not a Nolan fan anyway.

  • Kyle21925

    tom welling should play superman! He is the perfect actor for it.

  • Williams P

    Hamm playing supes of any type, to include the Kingdom Come version is a horrid idea. physically Hamm would need a muscle suit and if we are going back im just gonna start getting rid of my supes collections now… They might as well produce all the bad ideas that have befallen Superman throughout the years …Krypto, Mister Mxyzptlk and such… im gonna go read a marvel comic and cry out loud!!!!

  • Juggernaut

    Hamm is a good fit for a much older Superman. While I found that Routh was the only saving grace in that steaming pile of horse dung known as Superman Returns, I’m still hoping that DC and Nolan will have Tom Welling don the blue and red for the big screen. From what I’ve heard about the final season of Smallville it will leave an opportunity to segway nicely into the movie.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Agreed about Routh, though Spacey wasn’t a bad Luthor, I think the writing failed him. As for Welling, I doubt it as it’s been said Nolan doesn’t want to make Smallville the movie. Also with the way Smallville was done all major villains have been done, so what would they do for a movie except a big budget version of a two or three part episode of the show.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Agreed about Routh, though Spacey wasn’t a bad Luthor, I think the writing failed him. As for Welling, I doubt it as it’s been said Nolan doesn’t want to make Smallville the movie. Also with the way Smallville was done all major villains have been done, so what would they do for a movie except a big budget version of a two or three part episode of the show.