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.