Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are casting a rather large net in anticipation of who the next Clark Kent will be. True Blood's Joe Manganiello is in the running. And despite particular contradictions to what Zack Snyder says he is planning with his Superman reboot, former Man of Steel Brandon Routh and current Smallville resident Tom Welling have in no way been ruled out.
John Cena considered for Superman?
Now Examiner National has thrown another name into the ring with WWE Superstar John Cena, who is also rumored to be up for the part. This has also lead to speculation that Dwayne Johnson may be gearing up for the role as well. Both wrestlers-turned-actors certainly have the physic for Superman, but they may be too hulked out to portray mild mannered reporter Clark Kent in a realistic light. Though it is too soon to rule out any possibility.
Casting rumors will be all over the place, and as evidenced by the rumor above, bordering on ridiculous, until an official announcement is made. Bryan Singer, director of 2006's Superman Returns, recently caught up with Coventry Telegraph to add in his two cents about this upcoming reboot, and why he opted out of directing a sequel:
"At the time I left, it would be more odd than it is now. Because it's been four years, my brain is so occupied. I'm sort of like a tennis ball - I bounced from the X-Men to Superman and back to X-Men so I've been in that world a while, and then I'm doing this other film (Jack the Giant Killer) at Warners, which is where I did Superman Returns, so I'm with the same people. So now it (the new Superman film) makes sense. It's a movie I would want to see, I think Zack's so talented and I applaud Warner and Legendary for choosing somebody who's a filmmaker and not necessarily just a shooter. It's Superman, it's gonna be made over and over in one form or another, and I'm sure Zack won't be the last person to touch it either, so in a way it's not in my mind any more. It would have been two and a half years ago."
Superman was released December 15th, 1978 and stars Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Glenn Ford, Trevor Howard, Margot Kidder. The film is directed by Richard Donner.