Could True Blood's resident hunky werewolf be the favorite to take the coveted role of Superman in Zack Snyder's Superman: Man of Steel? Well, coming via tweet from The LA Times' Hero Complex, the latest rumor has indeed named Joe Manganiello as the front-runner. With fellow DC/Warner property The Dark Knight Rises having confirmed its primary cast, the attention of Internet rumors would undoubtedly turn towards the Superman reboot project, which is set to hit theaters in December 2012, just a scant five months after Rises. With Superman Returns star Brandon Routh booted out of the mix, the speculated list of candidates for the blue-pajama-wearing Kryptonian included names like Armie Hammer of The Social Network, Ian Somerhalder of The Vampire Diaries, and Scott Porter of Friday Night Lights. However, the name of True Blood star, Manganiello remained at top of the list, due to a mix of his own ripped physique that's constantly on display on the show, as well as a one-man interview campaign consistently letting folks know that he definitely wants the role. Is there any validity to this rumor?
According to Hero Complex's tweet in question from Geoff Boucher:
"Is "True Blood" werewolf star Joe Manganiello a front-runner to play Superman? That's the rumor du jour in Hollywood"
Okay, so this isn't exactly a substantive report from "anonymous inside sources" who hid in a closet during an executive meeting like Jay Leno to uncover secrets. However, it is interesting food-for-thought from a reasonably reliable source who may be onto something. Manganiello seems to have built quite following and his campaign to nab the role of Superman has even spawned a dedicated Facebook page. With a pure, stylistic action director like Zack Snyder at the helm, one can also imagine that his Superman would be a buff, bad-ass guy that may even put some fear into the baddies of Metropolis with just a mean stare. This could be that guy. Also previously known for playing Peter Parker's ego-maniacal jock torturer Flash Thompson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films, it would certainly be a step-up in the genre for the 34 year-old Pittsburgh native.
One thing's for sure, this new Superman film is going to need to go for the jugular. No more fixation with Clark Kent's personal drama, moping around because Lois Lane is a single mother with another man, no more devoting 70% of the film to introspective character study, it's time for Superman to kick some ass in an intense, senses-shattering reinvention. -- And let's try to bench Lex Luthor at least for this time, if we can. It's time for Brainiac to finally take the spotlight on the big-screen.
How's Joe Managaniello sounding to you as the new Man of Steel? Have anyone else in mind?
Source: via Moviehole