Superman Casting: Younger Or Older?

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Jetfire, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. Mr. Adventure

    Mr. Adventure Admiral Admiral

    Jun 9, 2001
    Mr. Adventure
    This picture is Rob Liefeld-approved.
  2. Orintho

    Orintho Vice Admiral Admiral

    Nov 13, 2003
    I thought Routh did a fairly good job as Supes. Not sure why they are replacing him - it's damned hard to find an actor that can work in this role.
  3. Nerys Myk

    Nerys Myk The Walrus Premium Member

    Nov 4, 2001
    Sitting on a cornflake.
    The idea is his current adventures take place when he's about 30.

    Currently and in the Silver Age, he put on the suit while a teen.
  4. Captaindemotion

    Captaindemotion Vice Admiral Admiral

    May 26, 2001
    Apart from Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp, they aren't really the sort of actors who open big box office. Depp and Pitt are lucky enough to be in their mid-40s and look about 15 years younger.

    Statham leads in cheap-ish action movies that appeal to young males and recoup their costs, but he's hardly a Will Smith-like draw. Owen (not Owens) usually manages hits if accompanied by other well known actors or actresses but he's not really the sort of actor to put bums on seats the way Cruise or the likes do.

    The rest are really supporting or ensemble type actors who have been in big movies (X-Men, LOTR, Star Wars) but are hardly guarantees of success (eg Nemesis). Nearly all of them have had movies go directly to DVD in the last few years. In fact, Lee's performance of which he is most proud, where he played Nehru, never even got a release.

    I think the other point that Greg was making was that movie makers and advertisers want young viewers because they're more likely to buy merchandise, download soundtracks, spend their money on stuff advertised before the movie etc than older or middle-aged viewers. That's a well-known fact. Hence you might have a show that isn't doing so well in the ratings - but appeals to young viewers - get a reprieve over one which is doing better but appealing to older viewers. The youth market is the one that appeals to marketing men - for better or worse.

    You might have thought things through a bit better before jumping down his throat.