'Superman' Considers John Cena for the Man of Steel

Director Bryan Singer also talks about not wanting to continue on with the DC Comics hero for this new installment.

John Cena considered for Superman?
John Cena considered for Superman?
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.

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.


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  1. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Hahahah, still funny

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  2. CUPID

    YES, i know this is old news but am LMMFAO this was so STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 years agoby @cupidFlag

  3. redrock scorpion

    Bring back Brandon Routh for Superman. He is perfect for both the characters of the Man of Steel and reporter Clark Kent. No offence but John Cena is just perfect in WWE or as a US Marine in the movies.

    4 years agoby @redrock-scorpionFlag

  4. OhTheFilmNerd

    This is all wrong. Nolan/Sndyer have more sense, at some point in the world bad mistakes like this will happen like allowing Brett Ratner to touch X-Men but no this is all wrong, a false prophecy based on a wet dream

    4 years agoby @ohthefilmnerdFlag

  5. Vamp

    I think I just threw up a little.

    4 years agoby @vampire2000Flag

  6. MrP

    Might I be the first to say that if they are using CG to make up Superman in costume is it too much to think they would actually use it for Kent instead with a bigger actor. Making him smaller as Kent! this would make the action sequences easier to manipulate and be cheaper than the other way round considering Superman will have more screen time than Kent.

    As for this choice, He's doing OK but Nooooooo.

    4 years agoby @mrpFlag

  7. Bane5000

    no matter who they pick for Superman and Lex Luthor, Whoever plays Lex, needs to play him like this clip from Smallville...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoB4Be6VcuU&feature=player_embedded

    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  8. Mka47

    i'm just going to throw this one out there. verne troyer for the new superman!

    4 years agoby @mka47Flag

  9. JasonKat

    theres a reason vince is putting out cena's films direct-to-dvd, cause they dont sell much they dont make enough money (at the movies) so placing him as superman would suck too. because that movie isnt gonna sell either. might as well make a superman direct-to-dvd. but NOO i like routh. he did a great job, superman doesnt really need to change, he just needs more bad guys to deal with. less of a love story and more of an actation. saving the city type of movie. and by that i mean byeveryday bad guys, not sum powerful badguy who can fly just like him.

    4 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  10. Lane

    MovieWeb. Joking.

    Right?

    I think I'd accept that news of Patrick Wilson as Supes over this garbage. :P But considering its a "rumor", much like a lot of the other casting news, and nothing else there's not really much you can get mad about. Still, if this WERE true, it would prove that Christopher Nolan definitely is NOT in charge of any movie-making decisions and that it is in fact, all on Snyder.

    And again, if it were true, I think there are plenty of other more viable (much more viable) actors who are actually well-suited for the role in a more believable way... Or believable way, period.

    4 years agoby @lane1Flag

  11. masterofthemoon

    All of John Cena's movies didn't make well at the box office so why make him Superman?! He sucks as an actor and Wrestler! Give me Brandon Routh as Superman or this film will BOMB royally!

    4 years agoby @masterofthemoonFlag

  12. Bane5000

    @JasonKat....I think i can top that

    John Cena or the Rock as Superman
    Vin Diesel as Lex Luthor

    lol

    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  13. JasonKat

    could have been worst, they could of said hogan, LOL and ric flair as a bad guy. lmfao.

    4 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  14. Bane5000

    through all the rumors going on now a days bout this film, for some reason i still like the old rumor bout Billy Zane playing Lex Luthor, he has that kind of douche bag feel u may need for arragont, coniving billionaire like Lex :D

    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  15. The Real Lex Luthor

    Still I don't know I could see John Cena as Superman size wise he's ideal... But he's always got short hair so it will be odd to see him with the Superman Curl... Don't know if he would look right but anyone is better then Routh, Hamm, Hammer, and half the people they have suggested.

    4 years agoby @thajackalFlag

  16. Daveactor7

    @OTTLEY come on man we KNOW lol

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  17. Remy72883

    what is clark kent gonna hulk out or something glad this is a joke

    4 years agoby @remy72883Flag

  18. Messenger

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_xqLaj0tvM&feature=related

    4 years agoby @messengerFlag

  19. Summit10

    this is not publicity anymore its plain stupidity!

    4 years agoby @summit10Flag

  20. Summit10

    o come on!!! this is definitely below the belt!!!

    4 years agoby @summit10Flag

  21. the Narrator

    Hahah. I'm laughing not at the article, but @atmostoftheidiotsinthethread, who keep saying, "If this happens..." or seem to have their faith shaken in the project.

    News flash: ITS NOT HAPPENING! Not in a million years would Snyder and Nolan be so irresponsible to cast wrestlers for a part they hardly fit. Especially if that character is such a huge worldwide icon. Get real folks, you know this is fake.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  22. Diaigma

    Cineamblend mentioned that 17 hours ago, @OTTLEY . . .

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  23. Jay.A.Ottley

    Interesting Akira Update.
    Morgan Freeman may be the Colonel :)

    4 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  24. Brandon S. Todd

    Zack Snyder, nor Christopher Nolan will place John Cena as Clark Kent. I personally guarantee this without question.

    4 years agoby @brandon-scott-toddFlag

  25. Worth5Bucks

    absolutely rediculous

    4 years agoby @mattbierwagenFlag

  26. DARKBREATHER

    @Cartman, guess you forgoy about Dany DeVito, he will pe perfect too. LOL

    4 years agoby @darkbreatherFlag

  27. Cartman

    How about Jack Nicholson, Anthony Hopkins, Robert De Niro or Al Pacino??!

    4 years agoby @c-a-r-t-m-a-nFlag

  28. Movie_jedi

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

    4 years agoby @movie-jediFlag

  29. DARKBREATHER

    Cast Jeffery Dean Morgan as Lobo, PLEASE, but don't make him the main villain. Cena for superman will not happen people, every1 be sure of that. Snyder is way smarter than doing this. In Snyder I believe

    4 years agoby @darkbreatherFlag

  30. Spongebob_Boxofficepants

    wow lot of haters
    you really need an AA (attitude adjustment)!

    4 years agoby @spongebob-boxofficepantsFlag