By: Kryptonian Detective
Since the announcement that Christopher Nolan would produce the next Superman film, fans have been eagerly awaiting any morsel of news or rumour about the films progress. There was virtually no news to speak of, until a story surfaced online indicating that the studio was potentially looking at actor Jon Hamm for the role of Superman. After first being reported over at Think McFly Think movie website, the news spread just about everywhere online. The news eventually made its way to the actor himself, who indicated that he has not been contacted by Warner Brothers about the role, and that he feels he is too old to play Superman. I tend to agree with him. I have no doubt that Jon Hamm is a fine actor, and could be very convincing in the role of Clark Kent/Superman.
The problem is, he’d be 41 by the time the film made its way into theatres. Whether you approach the film as a “one at a time” scenario or go the traditional “trilogy” route Hamm’s age is still a negative factor. Some have defended Hamm’s age by saying, “well it worked for Iron Man.” Yes, it worked for Iron Man but let’s remember that Robert Downey Jr., is in a suit of armour when operating as a superhero. If the filmmakers are going for a more established Superman, it is my opinion that the actor playing him can be no older than 35 years of age during the filming of the movie.
Speaking of the filmmakers, the choice of director may be near. In an exclusive report, Deadline.com is reporting that Christopher Nolan is meeting with a shortlist of directors, and will then submit his choice to the studio. The list includes, Tony Scott (Top Gun), Matt Reeves (Cloverfield), Jonathan Liebesman (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), Duncan Jones (Moon), and Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300) Three of the candidates all have the credentials that lead me to believe they could do the character justice. Tony Scott would create an action oriented visual spectacle. Matt Reeve is a story driven director, with a unique visual style. Zack Snyder is a comic book purist, and would most likely provide a panel to screen adaptation that many fans have been waiting for. I don’t know much about the other two candidates, but there upcoming projects sound appealing and are in the action adventure/sci-fi genres. I will personally put my support behind whoever Christopher Nolan selects. The man is a genius, and has yet to let me down with any of the films he’s been involved with. The Man of Steel is targeting a winter 2012 release date.
*Update from Twitter*
Matt Reeves: The first Reeves said he heard of his attachment to SUPERMAN was when a fan came up to him at Fantastic Fest and told him about it. “I was surprised,” he told us in an interview that will air next week on the AITH Podcast. “I really have no idea if any of that is true. It’s certainly an amazing project, but I would be surprised…”
Duncan Jones: I’m going to say something really cheesy; Can’t talk about it, but an honor to be on the list. Interesting times!”