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5 best and 5 worst casting options to replace Henry Cavill as Superman

By Michileen Martin / .14. September 2018, 5:20 p.m. EDT

WhenTHRreported in September 2018, Henry Cavill would step down as Warner Bros. 'Big-screen Superman, it shook the world of superheroes so much it almost looked like the man of steel had to fly around the globe very fast a couple of times to undo the damage. Now there seems to be some disagreement about whether Cavill - who first played Superman in 2013man of Steeland repeated the role inBatman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justiceand laterJustice League -really hung up his tights. Subsequent reports suggest this is a publicity stunt - which, if applicable, would probably not be the worst strategy considering the newly launched DC Universe streaming service, and everyone right now, is talking about Superman.

Regardless, there was nothing official either way, and official messages from connoisseurs weren't particularly clear - like Cavill's cryptic Instagram post. No one has stopped the often heated online discussion of who should replace the Man of Steel, and gambling sites are busy placing bets on who will play the Kryptonian next.




Superman is an American icon, and while the character has been criticized for not being nervous like some of his super colleagues, not everyone can play him. For Truth, Justice, and the Hollywood Way, here are our thoughts on the best and worst decisions for actors to replace Henry Cavill as Superman.

Best: Michael B. Jordan

It didn't take long reports to find out that Warner Bros. already had a front runner to replace Cavill as Superman, and if it works it would be arguably the most untraditional and daring Superman casting choice: Michael B. Jordan, the played the villain Killmonger Black Panther.

Jordan proves himself again and again as an outstanding actor with great reach. It's one of the main reasons Black Panther is an Oscar contender. And like any man or woman who had to hear their partner talk about Jordan walking in shirtless Black Panther can testify we know he has the physique.



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As for changing the skin color of Superman, it already exists is an African American Superman in the comics - Kalel, a.k.a. Calvin Ellis, who is the Superman of Earth-23 in DC Comics. And honestly? Multiverses and alternate realities and parallel whatever aside? Superman is a extraterrestrial. If you can suspend your disbelief for two hours to accept that aliens exist, and sometimes - just because our sun is apparently strange - when you visit our planet you should be given god-like powers, you should be able to, 'and them not necessarily all know how to fit in there too.

Worst of all: Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson means popping up as a potential candidate for obvious reasons: he sells tickets, he has the body for it - as USA today he said is Superman, after all - and of course there's the simple fact that Johnson has appeared in almost every second or third action blockbuster over the past few years anyway.

However, there are at least two really good reasons to keep Johnson off this role. First, and most obviously, his obligations to play the antihero Black Adam would make it difficult to play Superman in the same narrative. Second - and path More importantly, while Superman is tall, muscular, and larger than life, just like Johnson, he is also humble. He's not just the guy who'd save the plane from crashing. He's the guy who personally helps each passenger off the plane when everyone is safe. Johnson isn't that guy. Really, he's so much Not This guy who, if Warners decided to go in a different physical direction for Superman's classic nemesis, Johnson could make a great Lex Luthor. He already has the hairstyle.



Best of all: Armie Hammer

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One of the names that comes up more than others is that of CavillMan outUNCLE. Co-star Armie Hammer. He was on the fringes of large-screen DC adaptations for a while after being cast as Batman in George Miller's unrealized Justice League: Mortal. According to THRBlog Thermal image (via / movie) Hammer was one of the final contenders forman of Steel's Superman role before it went to Cavill.

Hammer would fit perfectly. He's got the size. He's got the physique. This shows the well-deserved praise for his work in the 2017s Call me by your nameHe has the talent. Probably the biggest concern is - if Hammer were cast as Superman - what that would mean for his friendship with Cavill. The two have been known to play with each other on Instagram so you'd hope they at least have a good sense of humor. Maybe they could wear matching Superman outfits to parties. Or they flip a coin over who can dress up as Superman and who can dress up as Bizarro.

Worst of all: John Krasinski

John Krasinski is not high on many lists to replace Henry Cavill, but is Mark Hughes of Forbes thinks he's the perfect choice. Hughes compares Krasinski to Chris Evans, saying the actor can deliver the 'serious, old-fashioned, idealistic personality' Superman demands. He compares Krasinski's The office Character to Clark Kent, and says performances like the ones Krasinski delivered 13 hours prove that he can take on an action role.

Maybe it's the product of typography, but it's difficult to imagine Krasinski as Superman. Hughes' comparison of Jim Halpert to Clark Kent is more than accurate, and that is the problem. Seeing Krasinski as Clark Kent isn't difficult at all, but it feels almost impossible to see him portray the other half of this iconic duality. That may be our limit as a viewer because we are trying to separate the actor's brilliant work The officeThe fallible but lovable Jim Halpert of the Alpha All-American superhero is a little too tough. His work inA quiet placeand Jack RyanEven so, it seems that Krasinski is the type to play the one who is saved, not the one who saves.

Best of all: Colin O'Donoghue

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According to THRBlog Thermal image (above /Movie), Irish actor Colin O'Donoghue was one of the actors who competed with Henry Cavill for the role of Superman in 2013 man of Steel. These days, O'Donoghue is best known for his work as Captain Killian 'Hook' Jones on the show There was once as well as his memorable portrayal of Michael Kovak in the 2011s The rite. According to The Irish Post, O'Donoghue is now an early leader to replace Cavill.

O'Donoghue is a good choice, but not a perfect one. He certainly has the acting skills and looks to play Superman. In some photos he looks like a younger - and not quite as bulky - Chris Evans. But he also has a naturally mischievous quality that you wouldn't ordinarily associate with the man of steel. He seems to have raised an eyebrow all the time, which gives him an air of mischief and thoughtfulness at the same time. While he would do well in Superman's tights, one would almost wonder if he could do better in Lex Luther's office.

Worst of all: Tyler Hoechlin

DC Comics fans who lacked the marquee heroes on CW's Arrowverse shows loved it when Tyler Hoechlin appeared as Superman on season two Super girl. His name keeps appearing in predictions for the next Superman, though not quite as often as with others. Fans of his take on the character seem convinced that this is a job for his Superman how The alarm clockAustin Elias-de Jesus, who described his work as a Kryptonian as the 'perfect mix of Christopher Reeve and Brandon Routh' and added that Hoechlin's portrayal had 'a calming feeling of lightness and warmth'.

Whether you like Hoechlin's take on Man of Steel or not, someone who is already playing Superman in another live-action medium shouldn't be the type to replace Cavill. First, the casting would confuse the audience. Not everyone can break down different superhero storylines. We all - comic freaks and civilians - know that on occasion a person will say things like, 'Explain to me again why Batman isn't in the Avengers.' For that person, having two live action super people played by two different men is probably confusing enough. Cast the same man in both roles? Forget it. Second, we already know that stars from CW shows weren't always thrilled with the fact that they weren't cast in the movies. When actors like Grant Gustin, Stephen Amell, and Melissa Benoist figure out that Hoechlin has to be in the movies, it can end up with a lot of unwritten stamps.

Best of all: Henry Golding

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Crazy rich Asians Star Henry Golding has emerged as one of the leading contenders for playing Superman in future DCEU projects, and the choice looks promising. He is a rising star in Hollywood with good looks and warm sympathy.

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It would be a bold, non-traditional choice. And there is comic priority for an Asian Superman - or more precisely for a 'new superman'. With DCs 2016 Rebirth Event launched the company's title New superman with Kenan Kong, a Chinese answer to Krypton's last son. He is not a Kryptonian, but got his powers when his life force was mixed with that of Kal-El. His powers don't work exactly like Superman's, but his name is pretty close and he even has his own version of the Justice League. So that's pretty Superman-y.

Golding is a talented actor who is getting a lot of attention right now. On top of that, Warner Bros. has done some very well public statements recently about its commitment to diversity, and Golding seems like he'd have a real shot at those blue tights if he wanted them.

Worst of all: Nicolas Cage

Believe it or not, yes, a rising number a lot of people want Nicolas Cage to get one more chance at the role of Krypton's last son. Is it some kind of hipster irony? They only have Really low standards? Could they all be drunk? We do not know it. But they exist and they have Twitter accounts.

Cage is known to be a huge fan of comics - what they call his are Kal-El. When he played Johnny Blaze, a.k.a. Ghost Rider in the Wrong-way drivers Films had to have a tattoo of Ghost Rider digitally erased from his arm. He was famously cast in Tim Burton's Superman is alive which was never finished, well. Sometimes the universe is kind.

It seems such a no-brainer that explaining why this shouldn't be happening is almost insulting, but just so we can say we've tried: Nicolas Cage is too old, Warner Bros. probably wants people to see everyone Superman movies that they make and - unless they're planning a nontraditional, dystopian Superman movie that would be admittedly interesting - Superman isn't crazy.

Best of all: Matt Bomer

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Best known as the leading man in the United States White collarMatt Bomer is another actor who is considered an early candidate for Man of Steel, and he actually voiced the extraterrestrial superhero that year Superman unleashed. Even earlier, Bomer was cast as Superman before Brandon Routh, which eventually becameSuperman returns. That same year Bomer publicly came out as gay at an awards show, author Jackie Collins alleged that Bomer was ousted from the role because of it, but in October 2012 E! news reported that it did not. Citing an unnamed source, the website stated that Bomer was cast when Brett Ratner was initially hired as a director for what was titled at the time Superman flyby. After Bryan Singer replaced Ratner, the concept and casting changed.

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Bomer has a lot going for it. He undoubtedly has the appearance of playing Superman. And on top of that, he has the acting skills. Critics were blown away by the reach it showed in 2017 Go out. And come on, he's already been cast as Superman! Twice!

Like Jordan and Golding, casting Bomer would be a bold decision that Warner Bros. would prove. 'Commitment to diversity. Considering the recent Kit Harington draw attention to from Marvel for not casting gay actors as superheroes, it would carry a lot more weight for Warners to cast not only a talented gay actor as superhero, but as a superhero as well the Superhero.

Worst (and too sexy): Rob Delaney

Rob Delaney - one of the few surviving members of Deadpool 2's Original X-Force Team - jokingly tossed his hat in the ring for the new Superman the same day it was reported that Cavill was outside. Posting a GIF of his character Peter skydiving until his (temporary) death in Deadpool 2on Twitter Delaney wrote, “I heard they're in the market for a new Superman. How sexy do you want to go At the time of this writing, the tweet has earned over 18,500 likes and has been retweeted over 2,300 times.

While the GIF certainly highlights Delaney's flying skills, it's unlikely to be a serious contender. Still, it's a popular tweet and it would be almost worth hearing Ryan-Reynolds-as-Deadpool complain about Warner Bros. poaching out of his franchise when it came to getting Delaney as Superman for a movie or two bear. Not to mention, given the number of people supporting a Nicolas Cage casting, there really is no room to criticize someone for supporting a radical decision.