And so it begins. We knew this was coming, like night follows day and Golden Raspberries follow Uwe Boll. The rumour mill for Superman: Man of Steel has begun to grind.
Matthew Goode, who played Ozymandias/Adrian Veidt in Zack Snyder’s impressive Watchmen adaptation is being talked up by “sources” as a front-runner for Superman.
There had already been rumours that Patrick Wilson, who was The Nite Owl in Watchmen, might be in the running and so there is a danger here that anyone who has been in a Zack Snyder film and/or tried on a tights-oriented costume will be hailed as the next top candidate.
Having said that, Goode is reported to have enjoyed working with Snyder previously and although he is a little slight of build, a few factors work in his favour. Firstly, Christopher Reeve was pretty slight when he first auditioned as Superman, but with David Prowse’s help he bulked up fine and dandy. Secondly, Snyder is rumoured to be looking into CGI-augmentation for Superman and is therefore principally considering Clark Kent’s appearance when looking at Goode. Thirdly, Goode had to wrestle with effectively portraying the duality of his character in Watchmen and that puts him in good stead for Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman.
Snyder is reported to be keen on Goode, who at 6’2” and 32 years old is at least the ideal height and age, two things much trickier to fix than his build or accent (he hails from the English west country). Let’s just say that at this stage in the casting process, you shouldn’t bet the (Kent) farm on him just yet.
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