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Matt Bomer says he was set to play Superman in Brett Ratner's cancelled film

07.08.2015
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Matt Bomer is an actor whose name has been linked to countless movie projects ranging from playing Superman to Christian Grey. Fan campaigns have lobbied for the unfairly attractive Bomer to get one of these high profile roles, but he has yet to gain one. So far, his biggest roles have been on the USA series White Collar and a supporting role in MAGIC MIKE and MAGIC MIKE XXL. But, it could have been very different.

Bomer stopped by the podcast Happy Sad Confused to talk about MAGIC MIKE XXL and revealed he was cast as Superman in Brett Ratner's cancelled film that eventually became SUPERMAN RETURNS. Here's what he sad to say about screen testing opposite Amy Adams and going up against the other top contenders for the role that included Paul Walker and Brendan Fraser.

Brett chose me for the project and then it all fell apart. It was a very lengthy process to get the role, I think it was over the course of three months because I went in in a cattle call. It sort of evolved from there," he said. "It was a month of, 'Okay, looks like this is going to happen'. And then it slowly fell apart. I have zero regrets about that, I feel like I've gotten to do such a rich array of roles in so many different things. I haven't been too locked in… I mean that's a very iconic role to portray, to suddenly be that character in everyone's minds forever.

Since Bomer lost the chance to play Superman, the character has twice been played by Brandon Routh and currently by Henry Cavill. Cavill seems to have a lock on the role for the foreseeable future, next in next year's BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. But, it does make one wonder what could have been if Bomer had played the role on screen. We will always have this Japanese commercial to tease what could have been.

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12:34PM on 07/09/2015
Yes, we could wonder what could have been. But then we'd also be stuck acknowledging that a Brett Ratner directed Superman film exists.
Yes, we could wonder what could have been. But then we'd also be stuck acknowledging that a Brett Ratner directed Superman film exists.
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5:30AM on 07/09/2015
Double post, sorry. :o)
Double post, sorry. :o)
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5:29AM on 07/09/2015
I've said this before - these stories are always interesting to read but ultimately, I'm usually always happy with what we got. I thought both Brandon Routh and Henry Cavill did well - just the stories kinda sucked.
I've said this before - these stories are always interesting to read but ultimately, I'm usually always happy with what we got. I thought both Brandon Routh and Henry Cavill did well - just the stories kinda sucked.
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1:41AM on 07/09/2015
The depressing thing is, Ratner might have made a better film than the two awful Superman movies we got since then. He certainly couldn't have done any worse.
The depressing thing is, Ratner might have made a better film than the two awful Superman movies we got since then. He certainly couldn't have done any worse.
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2:57PM on 07/08/2015
Personally I could see him as it. He'd have to dye his hair a little for the movie, but other than that I could see it with a little camera trickery.
Personally I could see him as it. He'd have to dye his hair a little for the movie, but other than that I could see it with a little camera trickery.
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2:51PM on 07/08/2015
Slow news day? Old news. He said that some time around White Collar's third season. I could see it though.
Slow news day? Old news. He said that some time around White Collar's third season. I could see it though.
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2:01PM on 07/08/2015
Too bad he never got the chance. He definitely had/has the look and dramatic chops to have pulled it off. But I can't complain too much considering how perfect Cavill is in the role for DC's present Universe.
Too bad he never got the chance. He definitely had/has the look and dramatic chops to have pulled it off. But I can't complain too much considering how perfect Cavill is in the role for DC's present Universe.
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