Matt Bomer almost played Superman for Brett Ratner and J.J. Abrams
While Warner Bros. is building a cinematic universe off of its 2013 Superman film Man of Steel, the cinematic trajectory of Clark Kent almost went in a drastically different direction over the last decade.
Speaking with Josh Horowitz on his Happy, Sad, Confused podcast, Magic Mike XXL star Bomer discussed the process that almost had him playing Kal-El in an adaptation directed by Brett Ratner and written by J.J. Abrams. The script focused on Superman when he was younger and in college and had a more “light-hearted [tone] in many ways.”
Bomer revealed he actually got quite close to the role, having screen-tested with Amy Adams (who would eventually star in Man of Steel). Bomer said that Ratner and his team eventually whittled down the candidates to three actors — Bomer, Paul Walker, and Brendan Fraser. (Jude Law recently told Horowitz he tried on the Superman costume before turning down the role.)
“Thankfully, Brett chose me for the project and then it all fell apart,” Bomer said.
Bomer said the entire process took about three months, followed by another month of anticipation.
“It was a month of ‘Okay, looks like this is going to happen,’ and then it slowly fell apart,” Bomer said. “But it’s okay. I have zero regrets about that. I feel like I’ve gotten to do such a rich array of roles and so many different things and I haven’t been locked too into one [role].”
Listen to Bomer’s full interview below. The Superman discussion begins at about the 26:40 mark.
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