Here’s a rumor that you should take with a grain of salt. According to TMT, Warner Bros. is “seriously considering” Jon Hamm (Mad Men) to star as Superman in their upcoming planned reboot, The Man of Steel. Christopher Nolan will act as “godfather” for the film, with screenwriting duties going to Jonah Nolan and David Goyer; the film is set for a 2012 holiday season release. Hit the jump to read my thoughts on Hamm as Superman, along with what we know so far about the project.
I, personally, absolutely love the idea of Jon Hamm as Superman. To me, it’s perfect casting. He already looks like Bruce Timm’s (Superman: The Animated Series) Superman (pictured, right), and anyone who watches Mad Men knows that he is an amazing and very talented actor. Also, based on his SNL appearances, I’m sure Hamm can handle the comedy required to play Clark Kent.
Having said that, Hamm is currently 39 years old and will be 40 by the time the film starts production. I don’t find this to be a problem, because I hope that Nolan doesn’t tell us Superman’s origin story again. If Nolan and company make a Superman film where Superman is already an established character (and hero) in Metropolis, then I’m perfectly fine with an older Superman.
At the beginning of June, Nolan said that David Goyer had figured out a way to address the character of Superman in a modern context:
“It was the first time I’ve been able to conceive of how you’d address Superman in a modern context I thought it was a really exciting idea. What you have to remember about Batman and Superman is that what makes them the best superhero characters there are, the most beloved after all this time, is the essence of who they were when they were created, when they were first developed. You can’t move too far away from that.”
Sadly, that quote is pretty much all we know about The Man of Steel for right now. We still don’t even know who will be directing the film. A couple of months ago there was the very cool-sounding rumor (and I stress the word RUMOR) that the current line of DC Comics movies will lead to an eventual Justice League movie. But that is still a pipe dream for right now.
Be sure to leave your comments below about what you think of Hamm as Superman.