EXCLUSIVE: Could Patrick Wilson Be 'Superman'?

The 'Watchmen' actor discusses his thoughts on his former director taking over the popular franchise and whether or not he would like to play the "Man of Steel."
Patrick Wilson in the running for Superman?
Patrick Wilson in the running for Superman?
Recently, we brought you the rumor that True Blood actor Joe Manganiello is up for the role of Clark Kent in Zack Snyder's Superman. Supposedly, Smallville's Tom Welling and Superman Returns' Brandon Routh are still being considered as well, although their casting would contradict most of Snyder's previous statements about his film being a complete reboot of the franchise. One actor who has played a super hero for Snyder before is Patrick Wilson, who portrayed Nite Owl in the director's comic book adapted masterpiece Watchmen. He recently appeared as The A-Team's nemesis, Agent Lynch, in the film adaptation of the popular '80s TV series and soon the actor will be seen in the new romantic comedy, Morning Glory, which opens on November 10th and co-stars Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton.

While he was promoting his new movie, actor Patrick Wilson took some time out to speak with us. We began by asking him his thoughts on the choice of Zack Snyder to direct Superman and if he thinks the director is a good fit for the franchise?

"Well, I think anything is a good fit with him. The thing about Zack is that the guy is the most detailed, focused director that I've worked with. He knows exactly the picture that he wants to paint. Whether it's your taste ... I mean you can find a hundred people that absolutely love Watchmen and then there are people who will say that it is too close to the comic. But whatever, its Zack! He just attacks each film and with every single frame he knows exactly the picture that he wants to paint. So I think its awesome and I think its awesome for the franchise. I loved Superman growing up. I was brought up really on the movies. I was not a comic guy so those movies just defined, especially Superman and Superman II, the super-hero genre for me. Christopher Reeve, you know? So its great to mix it up and I think it is a great move. I think it will just be an awesome spectacle and you know he'll find some great story to tell."


The actor went on to share with us his initial reaction to hearing that Snyder had been given the job.

"When I heard he signed on I called one of my agents and said that I hadn't talked to Zack or anything but that I just wanted to read it. I don't even care if I'm right for anything, I just want to know what he's doing."


Finally, we asked Wilson if there was any character in the Superman universe that he would like to play in the movie ... Clark Kent perhaps?

"Oh man, who knows? I love seeing all the Jon Hamm comments and Jon is like, "What? I'm over forty, this is ridiculous". So I don't know? That is such a big thing, who knows? I remember when Watchmen came around I didn't think I was really age appropriate or right for that but then when I jumped into it I was able to make it work. So who, knows? I would be happy to do anything with Zack again."

Man of Steel was released June 14th, 2013 and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.



Sources: Jami Philbrick

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  1. thedude-abides

    Haha. What a tease.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  2. TheFireRises

    looll this story is back up nice on oakfam, you kinda of lateee

    4 years agoby @TheFireRisesFlag

  3. Oakfam

    low expectations after superman returns

    4 years agoby @oakfamFlag

  4. TheMime

    who knows?....things just might turn out cooler than we thought

    4 years agoby @themimeFlag

  5. MrP

    I'm not seeing it. The height thing is interesting though, considering Hugh Jackman is a foot taller than Wolverine and no one seemed to give a sh*t.

    4 years agoby @mrpFlag

  6. Pjwolsker

    @ejk1 tell that to the people still talking over at the Superman Details from Zack Snyder. thats a month old at least and people are still talking on it

    4 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  7. the Narrator

    @Dave, glad to see you think so too.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  8. ejk1

    Somebody as Superman!! Yay!! Woo Hoo!!! Seriously, enough speculating. Just be patient, wait for an announcement, and then we'll all give our opinions. Until then, this is just not worth talking about.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  9. Daveactor7

    @Josh agreed about Wilson playing Hank Pym

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  10. the Narrator

    @Josh, I've been saying that for a while. Wilson was born to play Hank Pym, as seen in his role Watchmen. Glad to see someone sees the potential.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  11. TheMime

    Not gonna happen bub..................

    4 years agoby @themimeFlag

  12. The Real Lex Luthor

    Tom Welling AS SUPERMAN!!!!

    4 years agoby @thajackalFlag

  13. Pjwolsker

    JOE MANGANIELLO AS SUPERMAN!!!!!

    4 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  14. GerardKing

    It's Captain America all over again why can't the studio just make up its mind and spare us fans!!!

    4 years agoby @gerardkingFlag

  15. The Real Lex Luthor

    Oh, and let's not forget that this dude is 5 ft 11 and doesn't have the body for "Superman" who's also supposed to be 6'4

    4 years agoby @thajackalFlag

  16. The Real Lex Luthor

    Patrick Wilson is an awesome actor but he is not Superman... He would be cool for another role in the movie but just NOT Superman... Tom Welling is this generations Superman if they are considering him then they need to just cast him already!

    4 years agoby @thajackalFlag

  17. Jay.A.Ottley

    But this is my profile, my old profile, was hacked by someone, i have no clue who, like i stated before.

    4 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  18. Jay.A.Ottley

    Well i don't know about this whole Nolan Batman 3 thing, well not the whole story, only what my friend inform me of about it. I stopped using MW, when it wouldn't let me post up my review for District 9 on my old profile, which profitantienly got hacked.

    @Sly I gotta admit that was a pretty awesome callout comment with a comedic follow-through.

    4 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  19. Pjwolsker

    HA

    4 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  20. JohnConnor2032

    @JA see i told you no one believed your bs crapfest lies. you can believe what you want or not, and i dont respect your opinion. look how ja tried to cover up the fact he was caught lying what a liar

    4 years agoby @johnconnor2032Flag

  21. Daveactor7

    @OTTLEY ud actually think people would believe-nvm this convo is over.

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  22. slysnide

    @JAO: You gotta admit though...that was an awesome callout comment, and comical follow up, despite that your clean in this.

    4 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  23. Jay.A.Ottley

    @Sly, @Dave & @PJ

    I've replied, I knew about it only because a friend of mine told me, about the fake me that went around, I informed MW to delete the account, not sure if they have yet. I stopped coming on MW for a while because something went wrong with creating Reviews, it would let me write them but not post them, for some odd reason.
    So, I stopped coming on here and when i made my business email, I made my new MW account.

    4 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  24. Daveactor7

    Lolz

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  25. slysnide

    @Dave: hahahahaha. Excellent comment! I'm in stitches!!!!!

    4 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  26. Pjwolsker

    @Daveactor7 ha

    4 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  27. Daveactor7

    Oh dear god...

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  28. slysnide

    @JAO: A likely story...lolz XP

    4 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  29. Pjwolsker

    youve been called out @J_A_OTTLEY

    4 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  30. Jay.A.Ottley

    @Slysnide
    That wasn't me, sorry, I'd like to apologise on that, someone hacked my old account, in which i did inform movieweb to delete

    4 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag