With Zack Snyder locked in to direct the upcoming reboot of Superman, fans are quickly forming their own expectations, desires and questions about the project. Who will play Clark Kent? Do we have to suffer through another origin story? Are we getting another Lex Luthor movie?
While Snyder did confirm that Superman: Man of Steel would not be based on any particular story from the DC Comics and that it would be a reboot, we're still unsure of what that means in terms of the origins of the character on screen or what they're looking for in their lead star. However, if actor Armie Hammer's words are accurate, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment may be aiming for a middle-aged man, approximately 35-40 years of age.
[Update: They're not looking for an older Clark Kent. Henry Cavill has been cast as Superman]
The movie will follow the "early days of Superman" as Snyder stated but the question of his comic book origins is a hot topic in the legal battles between DC and heirs of Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joel Schuster. David Goyer's draft of the script, which some say is rushed, is reportedly following Superman before he becomes the hero we all know him as. Some fans however, including myself, don't want to sit through another origin story and don't mind if Snyder and the Nolan brothers take us in another direction with something fresh.
What that also means is that WB doesn't need to cast a young face into the title role. For a long while now, fan-favorite Mad Men star Jon Hamm has been reported as a candidate for the studio with the only complaint against him being his age. Interestingly enough, 39 year-old Hamm may be just what Warner Bros. is looking for after all. According to The Social Network star Armie Hammer, the 24 year-old, 6'5" actor who was previously set to play Batman in George Miller's now-canceled Justice League movie, they're aiming for someone older.
Hammer has been listed on some blogs as an ideal candidate for Superman: Man of Steel, and when asked about it directly in an interview with Vulture, Hammer laughingly responded:
"You know what's funny? I did talk to my people recently about that for the first time, and I think they're going a little older with Superman. I hear they're going 35, 40."
If actor Armie Hammer's words are accurate, Jon Hamm might just be the perfect choice to play our favorite Kryptonian and the more I picture it, the more I like it.
Will be be too old come time for sequels and Justice League?
Superman: Man of Steel is being targeted for a December, 2012 release.