Arrow star Colton Haynes has nominated Matt Bomer to step into the role of Superman. The suggestion comes amid reports of Henry Cavill’s departure from the DCEU. There have been several conflicting reports about the actor’s future as the Man of Steel, which has led to widespread speculation on who should replace him.
It began with the news that Cavill’s relationship with Warner Bros. was breaking down after contract negotiations for a Shazam! cameo fell through. However, that claim was refuted by his agent and the star then responded with a rather cryptic Instagram post, confusing the matter further. Warner Bros. has issued their own statement and, although they claim no decisions have been made, they haven’t directly denied that Cavill will no longer be donning the red cape.
Arrow and former Teen Wolf actor Colton Haynes took to Twitter to give his opinion on the subject. He stated, “Wouldn’t it be really incredible to see an out gay actor cast as Superman?” Haynes then followed that up by naming Matt Bomer and saying that the actor has his vote. Haynes' sentiments calling for more queer representation in superhero movies echo those recently stated by Kit Harrington, although the Game of Thrones star called out Marvel specifically. Ezra Miller will be the first openly gay actor to headline a superhero film when Flash starts filming next year.
Wouldn’t it be really incredible to see an out gay actor cast as Superman? @MattBomer has my vote!❤️— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) September 14, 2018
Matt Bomer has had a long career in television and film. He’s landed recurring roles on beloved shows such as Chuck and American Horror Story. Bomer has also starred in his own series, White Collar, which lasted for six seasons. The Magic Mike actor earned an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe Award for his incredible work in The Normal Heart. More recently, he starred in Amazon Prime series, The Last Tycoon.
This isn’t the first time that Bomer has been mentioned in reference to the Last Son of Krypton, though. The actor was considered for the part more than a decade ago in a film that would’ve been helmed by Brett Ratner with a screenplay penned by J.J. Abrams. However, that movie wound up scrapped and Supes didn’t make another big screen appearance until Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns in 2006. Bomer has already voiced the character in the animated feature, Superman: Unbound.
The news of Cavill’s exit has proven incredibly divisive among fans. While some are hoping that the rumors are true, others are saddened by what appears to be the end of the DCEU as we know it. Cavill has been at the heart of DC Extended Universe over the course of five years and three films. Rumors of who would replace him have been circulating, with one suggesting that Warner Bros. is eyeing Michael B. Jordan for the role. Bomer not only looks the part of both Superman and Clark Kent, but also has definitely proven that he has the acting chops, as well. Either actor would be an excellent pick to step into Superman’s red boots, not because it would add more diversity to the genre, but because both of these men are incredible actors. Whether Cavill is in or out, DC needs a Superman and the choice that Warner Bros. makes will define much of what’s to come.
Source: Colton Haynes
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