With Henry Cavill out of the picture as Superman, it’s time to start betting on a new actor who will play DC’s beloved superhero. Many actors have done it in the previous incarnations of this character on TV or film, but the producers always respected the comics’ depiction of Clark Kent and Superman: tall, dark hair and handsome. The most notable performances were by Tom Welling in Smallville TV show and, always pointed out as the best, Christopher Reeve in the four motion pictures.
However, the new era of Hollywood is upon us with basically anyone in the run to be the next Superman. Nicolas Cage was considered for the role back in the day, and even had a suit made, so why not adjust the Man of Steel’s appearance a bit to fit the actor instead of searching for one to look the part. With that in mind, here are our top 5 actors who could be the next Superman.
Known foremost as a comedian thanks to the US version of the TV show The Office (2005), John Krasinski has proven himself as a great dramatic actor as well as a director with A Quiet Place (2018). With his somewhat goofy looks and 6’3”, he seems like a perfect choice for the new Clark Kent/Superman role. Furthermore, Krasinski is no stranger to the action genre with the titular role in Amazon’s Jack Ryan (2018) TV series.
This Massachusetts native started acting in high school plays and even worked as a script intern in 2000 on Late Night with Conan O’Brien (1993) before he began his acting carrier. It’s no wonder he is Superman potential with a tall frame and charming appearance. If DC intends to choose someone who resembles the comic book, Superman, then Krasinski is the right choice to go with.
Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan was immediately mentioned as possible Superman barely a couple of days after Henry Cavill announced his departure from the role. This thirty-one-year-old actor from California has proven himself as both dramatic and action actor. With 5’11” and muscled physic as we witnessed in Black Panther, Jordan will certainly fit perfectly in the Superman’s suit. In 2013, GQ magazine listed Jordan as #21 on the 25 Most Stylish Men list and named a Breakout of the Year.
Before Black Panther, he was considered for the role in a superhero movie as Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) and Sam Wilson/Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014). He is currently pretty wanted in Hollywood thanks to his role of the villain Erik Killmonger. But in the end, we will have to wait and see will Hollywood be brave enough to make a breakthrough and choose an African-American actor as a new Superman.
Henry Golding is a Malaysian actor and model mostly unknown until this year’s movie A Simple Favor with Blade Lively and Anna Kendrick. This 6’1’’ had a film debut in the Crazy Rich Asians, also another one of this year’s hits. Although Henry has the most modest experience of all the potential Superman actors on this list, he has quickly caught the attention of the Hollywood.
He may not be an A-lister, but he draws considerable attention to himself after the Crazy Rich Asians, which was one of the reasons why Paul Feig chose him for the male lead in A Simple Favor. Golding had to undergo bejalai, an Iban rite of passage into manhood and he filmed the whole experience for Surviving Borneo TV show on Discovery Channel. This journey lasted for more than two months and he received a traditional tattoo as proof that he passed the bejalai. Now really makes him look tough enough for the Man of Steel role.
Armie Hammer is a 6’5” actor born in Los Angeles and great-grandson or the well-known industrialist and philanthropist Armand Hammer. This tall American actor got critical acclaim for his acting talent in the Oscar-nominated movie Call me by Your Name (2017) and is already closer to the Superman than you think. Namely, he an Cavill played together in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. hit from 2015 and when you see them standing side by side, you can’t deny the fact that Hammer would look great in the Kryptonian suit.
Hammer first appeared in the Arrested Development TV series in 2015 and then had a bigger role in an episode of the third season of Veronica Mars in 2006. He even had roles in several episodes of Gossip Girl in 2009 and in Social Network (2010). However, the ladies started noticing him after the role of Prince Alcott in the Mirror Mirror (2012) with Julia Roberts and everybody remember The Lone Ranger (2013) fail with Johnny Depp and Hammer in the titular role. However, after The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Hammer started gaining more and more Hollywood attraction and now has projects lined up for him to choose the perfect one.
Benjamin Walker, an American actor, and stand-up comedian are the second oldest among the bunch after John Krasinski being that he is thirty-six. He is best known for his role in the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) where he showed of his ax-wielding skills while hunting down vampires as one of the most beloved American presidents. This 6’3” tall actor has a natural dark hair and probably resembles the most Christopher Reeve, so he would be a perfect choice to satisfy those nostalgic fans.
Walker graduated from Juilliard in 2004 and has a prominent carrier as a comedian as well. He started acting in the movies and TV in 2004 with Kinsey but was noticed two years later in Clint Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers. He didn’t play in many high profile projects and ladies will probably remember him as Travis from the movie The Choice (2016) with Teresa Palmer and based on the Nicholas Sparks novel. However, Walker plays on Broadway and received critical praise for his role of Andrew Jackson in rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.
Henry, come back!
It took a lot of time to find a perfect Superman that the fans and audience would like. Christopher Reeve did a great job and will always be a standard used to measure new actors. Henry Cavill was also a true surprise with his hairy chest and vulnerable depiction of the alien from Krypton. The best thing to happen would be for him to return to the role, with all due respect to these wonderful actors we listed. But, Hollywood is constantly trying to settle years of political incorrectness and discrimination by changing cannons and hanging out roles believing that it will change something in the real world. Maybe one day it will. But for now, it’s the matter to find the best successor for Cavill’s Clark Kent and hope that DC will finally start paying attention to their scripts since the least of their problems is to find a perfect actor.