[Update: Henry Cavill has been cast as Superman]
Stylistic action director Zack Snyder is poised to bring fans a new and different Superman movie in 2012 in Superman: Man of Steel. While we still await confirmation on how Snyder, the Nolan brothers and DC Entertainment will handle the origins of the Kryptonian hero and who his villain(s) will be, knowing that the movie will not be based on any specific Superman comics, we are edging a little closer to finding out what they're looking for in their star.
Armie Hammer (The Social Network) has been mentioned by fans as an ideal candidate for the role of Clark Kent but when asked about it a few weeks ago, the 24 year-old said his people looked into it but that the studio is looking for someone 35-40 years old, someone like Joe Manganiello for example, who revealed that he has also spoken with the studio for the Superman role.
Manganiello is best known for his recent stand-out performance as the lovable new werewolf in Sookie Stackhouse's life during season 3 of True Blood and, according to True-blood.net, he told fans he at EyeCon over the weekend that he was in talks with Warner Bros. for the Man of Steel but later revealed last night via Twitter that he's no longer in negotiations for the role.
Since the actor verified that he was at least in talks with the studio, this may act as semi-confirmation that Warner Bros. is not going after the long-rumored fan-favorite Jon Hamm (Mad Men) for the title role.
Hamm certainly has the acting chops and his popularity is growing an an exponential rate, but Manganiello has the obvious physical characteristics and his breakout role in True Blood may help him achieve movie star status if given the chance.
Having just caught up in True Blood, Manganiello is most deserving of some major roles and the more I picture it, the more I find myself getting behind the idea of him as Clark Kent. The actor is turns 34 years old soon and is the perfect age and stature for the part. Make it happen, Snyder.
Here's a fan-made render of Joe Manganiello as Superman from the SuperHeroHype forums (click to enlarge):
Superman: Man of Steel is being targeted for a December, 2012 release.