Is 'True Blood' Star Joe Manganiello In Contention For Zack Snyder's 'Superman'?

by Simon Dang
November 8, 2010 2:22 AM
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Reports began to surface over the weekend that "True Blood" star Joe Manganiello revealed to fans at a convention that he's in talks for the titular role in Zack Snyder's upcoming Christopher Nolan-shepherded "Superman" film.

That, however, was proven to be not entirely true with the actor quickly taking to his own twitter account to clear up the rumors, writing that "just to be clear... as of today, I am not "negotiating" to play SuperMan... but keep your fingers crossed and thanks for the wishful thinking."

It's no doubt a definitive denial of negotiations taking place but the fact he goes as far as clarifying which part of the casting process he's not involved in, as opposed denying it as a whole may suggest involvement in it already, no? At the very least, Manganiello interest seemingly clarifies Armie Hammer's notion that WB is on the hunt for an actors around the 35-40 age range.

Manganiello certainly fits the bill at the age of 33 and also boasts the square-jawed good looks of the Man Of Steel himself -- some fans already have photoshopped images of him. His breakout role as the werewolf Alcide Herveaux on "True Blood" isn't exactly much go to by due to the campiness of the show but it was able to exhibit his strong presence and booming voice which doesn't hurt. Whether he has the acting chops is another matter. With a fleeting television resume and brief appearances in Sam Raimi's 'Spiderman' franchise as bully Flash Thompson, Manganiello doesn't have huge experience but we guess neither did Gerard Butler when Snyder pulled him from obscurity into the lead of his Spartan actioner "300." If Nolan has any say, which he definitely does, surely they can do better? Manganiello's no Jon Hamm that's for sure.

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5 Comments

  • Brian | November 10, 2010 5:38 AMReply

    Pardon me... "grosser"

  • Brian | November 10, 2010 5:35 AMReply

    Could this project be any more gross?

  • Chris | November 8, 2010 6:30 AMReply

    The name I hear on the WB lot is Ryan McPartlin. He's on Chuck. Certainly looks the part.

  • donny wahls | November 8, 2010 5:18 AMReply

    this all stems from way back at comic-con. he was being interviewed by G4 and said that he really wanted the chance to try out and they talked about online forums being amped on him as the choice. the story has just mutated from there.

  • liz | November 8, 2010 3:05 AMReply

    joe is great as the hero, he can be extremely funny, and he's completely ripped. i just haven't really seen him play the nerd before. not saying he can't, but haven't really seen it. i actually like the idea of joe much better than jon hamm, i'm sorry, jon is just not right for the roll of superman or clark kent. if we need a good charismatic corporate villain, he's our man.
    and granted gerard wasn't very well known before 300, but i'd been following his career for years before 300 and i knew he was going to kick ass in 300.
    still wish we could keep with brandon routh or tom welling though.

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