While “Batman” supporting cast rumours have flown thick and fast, “Superman” casting talk has remained pretty quiet. “True Blood” actor Joe Manganiello and “Mad Men” leading man Jon Hamm are the online gossip site favourites, but the latter has been ruled out due to age as it has been revealed that the studio is seeking actors around ages 28-32.
The likes of Armie Hammer and Ian Somerhalder have also come up in talk, but one name emerged out of left field today and is actually the most interesting choice thus far – rising British actor Matthew Goode.
Movienewz reports that director Zack Snyder wants his 6’2, 32-year-old “Watchmen” star Goode to play Clark Kent in the film. Goode first came to notice as Mandy Moore’s romantic love interest in 2004’s “Chasing Liberty” and has since popped up in various roles in films like Woody Allen’s “Match Point”, Scott Frank’s “The Lookout”, Julian Jarrold’s “Brideshead Revisited”, Ricky Gervais’ “Cemetery Junction”, and Tom Ford’s “A Single Man”.
Goode suits the Kent role quite well. Tall and thin, a tad geeky, good with comedy and as ‘Single Man’ demonstrated he can effectively can pull off the 50’s-style handsome look of the character. One senses that, aside from the late Christopher Reeve, he’d be the best actor in the role so far to effectively make Clark and Superman very different personalities.
Goode as Superman on the other hand seems a less obvious choice. Built lean like a swimmer rather than a muscular linebacker like the comic character, if Goode were selected he’d have to spend serious time pumping iron – or would he?
Movienewz also reports that Snyder isn’t concerned about that as he plans to render Superman’s muscular body with CG animation, much like the way Ryan Reynolds’ outfit is rendered in next year’s “Green Lantern”.
Even if Goode isn’t selected, the use of this tech allows for a wider range of casting options. Certainly it means the choice will likely be much more centred on talent and suitability rather than picking someone who looks good in the suit but ain’t exactly a wonder in the acting department.
One last Supes tidbit today comes from What’s Playing which reports that according to casting breakdowns, one key plot point involves continent hopping – “When he is compelled to use his secret powers to intervene in a crisis in West Africa, Clark returns to Smallville to learn more about his origins and the hero he was born to be”.