Casting Superman?

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Jetfire, Jul 2, 2010.


Who Do You Want To Play Superman?

Poll closed Sep 30, 2010.
  1. Matthew Bomer

  2. Henry Cavill

  3. Chace Crawford

    0 vote(s)
  4. Christian Howard

  5. John Barrowman

  6. Jon Hamm

  7. Brandon Routh

  8. Tom Welling

  9. Other.

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Checkmate

    Checkmate Commodore

    Mar 23, 2009
    You assume I thought he was a good Superman physically. I don't. The only decent thing about the original movie was everything that occurred before he showed up on the screen (ie, his childhood).
  2. Too Much Fun

    Too Much Fun Commodore Commodore

    Feb 19, 2009
    :guffaw: One day I would like to see someone with an actual comic book physique play a superhero in a movie. Unfortunately, most people who fit that description can't act...except Arnold Schwarzenegger of course. ;)

    I would also like to see someone doing some of the amazing acrobatics Superman and Batman have done in the comics and cartoons...definitely not enough of that in live action movies. I thought someone doing a review of a Parkour-heavy movie made a good point in suggesting, "this is what Batman should be doing in his movies" (jumping from rooftop to rooftop and such).
  3. Aragorn

    Aragorn Admiral Admiral

    Dec 30, 2002
    ^ What about all the crazy stunts George Clooney did in Batman & Robin? :p
  4. JoeZhang

    JoeZhang Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jan 9, 2008
    And how much do you actually need to play Superman? Yes you want him to be toned and fit and pretty beefy but he's Super-powered, he's not able to throw cars in the air because he's a steroids freak.
  5. Lapis Exilis

    Lapis Exilis Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Dec 20, 2004
    Physiques in comics have become totally freakish. The average drawing of a male superhero by Jim Lee has a thigh as big around as my waist. It's all just moved into the realm of stupid.
  6. Jon Hamm should be Superman.

    He has the chiseled face that people seem to want to see, he is a very good actor, and also pulls off the trenchcoat/hat Clark Kent look very well (haven't seen him with glasses though). He really seems to have the look of the alex ross superman.

    Alas, WB probably wants someone younger to make a franchise with. Of course that kind of thinking got us the really uninspiring Kate Bosworth and Routh.
  7. A beaker full of death

    A beaker full of death Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 23, 2002
    I keep hearing about this John Hamm. Isn't he the guy who played this totally extraneous character in Boston Legal for a while? They brought him in, he had nothing to do, and he eventually left?

    Guy had no personality at all, if it is him.
  8. Aragorn

    Aragorn Admiral Admiral

    Dec 30, 2002
    ^ You're thinking of Craig Bierko.
  9. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    Schwarzenegger could act? ;)

    Well, he has demonstrated a flair for comedy. But it was his larger-than-life screen presence that made him a genre icon, not his mastery of nuanced emotional expression.
  10. JacksonArcher

    JacksonArcher Vice Admiral Admiral

    Aug 16, 2001
    Bring back Routh.
  11. Aragorn

    Aragorn Admiral Admiral

    Dec 30, 2002
    Screw it. Ryan Reynolds for Superman. It'll make the Justice League movie even cheaper.
  12. Too Much Fun

    Too Much Fun Commodore Commodore

    Feb 19, 2009
    Yeah, I wasn't totally serious about that (hence the wink), but I don't think he's completely useless as an actor. He doesn't seem able to handle any heavy drama, but given certain constraints, he can be perfect in some roles.

    "Terminator 2" for example, where he plays a usually serious character, but is kept mostly monosyllabic, and of course, every action movie he's done (including that one) where he's required to do that cutesy, one-liner action hero comedy.

    You're right, his range seems extremely limited when it comes to emotional expression, that's why it was such a fiasco having him play Mr. Freeze in "Batman & Robin" and expecting him to be able to convey the poignancy of that character's backstory from "Batman: the Animated Series".

    Regarding Jon Hamm as Superman, I agree that he has the look, and by all accounts seems capable acting-wise (I've never seen "Mad Men"), but let's be realistic and consider what the producers need/want - they're looking to start a franchise here. I think ultimately he'd be considered too old. They need someone in the 20s or at the most 30s to star in Superman movies every few years for an extended period. Part of why Bale's casting was ideal for Batman was because he was only about 30 when he was cast.
  13. A beaker full of death

    A beaker full of death Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 23, 2002
    ^ Arnold turned in a fairly decent emotional performance in End of Days.
    I mean, for him.
  14. omgahitsbritt08

    omgahitsbritt08 Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Sep 6, 2010
    Okay, I voted. As long as the film is good, the actor who plays Superman will be too. Cough- Hopefully- cough- =]
  15. Captaindemotion

    Captaindemotion Vice Admiral Admiral

    May 26, 2001
  16. Snaploud

    Snaploud Admiral Admiral

    Jul 5, 2001
    Massachusetts, USA
    Well, not quite "ruled out..."

    It sounds like he just doesn't think they would want him for the role (due to age issues). Personally, I think they need an older Superman, but I agree that it might be difficult to convince Hollywood executives to avoid casting some guy in his mid-twenties.
  17. Jetfire

    Jetfire Guest

    Hamm seems open to the idea...if it comes his way.

    Joe Manganiello would be great...I wish I would have heard about him before I created this thread.