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Rumor of the Day: Matthew Goode is frontrunner for Superman role

11.25.2010

I personally don't believe this story too much, but it's a holiday and I guess it's an "interesting choice" to discuss so allow me to present you with the latest SUPERMAN scoop according to MovieNewz.com, a website I'd never heard of before today. According to their sources, director "Snyder wants Matthew Goode to play mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent and has plans to rely heavily on CGI for The Man of Steel." Sigh. Really? I mean, if this is real, I can't imagine them choosing someone who, 1) isn't American (Goode is British) 2) doesn't have the physique for the part. If the latter part is for real, this would apparently mean that they would CG Goode's body in order for it to look more like Superman. Sigh again. Wouldn't actors just "work out" for that in the good ol' days? Apparently they're already utilizing this process for THE GREEN LANTERN. I don't believe this story for a second, but there is a connection between Goode and Snyder in that they worked together in WATCHMEN, in which Goode played Ozymandias, "the smartest man in the world". So what think you? Bullshit or great innovative idea? PS: When we asked our readers to choose their favorite picks to play Supes, 24% chose Brandon Routh, 18% went with Jon Hamm and 4% chose Henry Cavill. 

Extra Tidbit: Zack Snyder hails from Green Bay, Wisconsin and has 4 kids.
Source: Movie Newz

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4:50PM on 11/25/2010

Blah!

I thought he was terrible in Watchmen. He certainly doesn't look the part.
I want Routh to return....again.
I thought he was terrible in Watchmen. He certainly doesn't look the part.
I want Routh to return....again.
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4:57PM on 11/25/2010
Bullshit
Bullshit
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5:00PM on 11/25/2010

uugh...

yeah I'm sure he can play a good Clark Kent buuut this is a SUPERMAN movie!!!
I liked Routh as Superman, he just needed a better script and something to fight!
yeah I'm sure he can play a good Clark Kent buuut this is a SUPERMAN movie!!!
I liked Routh as Superman, he just needed a better script and something to fight!
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5:00PM on 11/25/2010
I sincerely hope not.
I sincerely hope not.
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5:05PM on 11/25/2010
Definately does not look the part, and he can be a somewhat stiff actor.
And I knew this CG shit would come in with Snyder, who otherwise is a good director (Dawn of the Dead).
Definately does not look the part, and he can be a somewhat stiff actor.
And I knew this CG shit would come in with Snyder, who otherwise is a good director (Dawn of the Dead).
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5:17PM on 11/25/2010
I still don't know why we couldn't have a direct sequel to Superman Returns. I know that film didn't have a lot of action, but Singer definitely could have added that and a new villian for the sequel. Everything I've heard about this reboot, except Nolan's involvement, gives me the feeling this new film will get the same mixed reaction Returns did. I don't think Goode is a good match for Superman (no pun intended) and I don't want to deal with another origin type story again.
I still don't know why we couldn't have a direct sequel to Superman Returns. I know that film didn't have a lot of action, but Singer definitely could have added that and a new villian for the sequel. Everything I've heard about this reboot, except Nolan's involvement, gives me the feeling this new film will get the same mixed reaction Returns did. I don't think Goode is a good match for Superman (no pun intended) and I don't want to deal with another origin type story again.
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5:18PM on 11/25/2010

Just a rumor???

Do you seriously think they'd reveal their masterstroke on the internet, if there was the slightest chance our opinion on a message board could change it?

They cast him 35 minutes ago.
Do you seriously think they'd reveal their masterstroke on the internet, if there was the slightest chance our opinion on a message board could change it?

They cast him 35 minutes ago.
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5:36PM on 11/25/2010
Don't like Goode, but why is it hard to believe they would choose a british actor? Superman IS technically an immigrant
Don't like Goode, but why is it hard to believe they would choose a british actor? Superman IS technically an immigrant
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7:40PM on 11/25/2010
Sure, he stands for the American Way. But he was born outside of America and then brought to America and is very proud of his alien origins as well as his American upbringing. These are FACTS. You can scoff at the "immigrant" notion if you want. It doesnt change the fact that its true and there isnt much to be debated.
Sure, he stands for the American Way. But he was born outside of America and then brought to America and is very proud of his alien origins as well as his American upbringing. These are FACTS. You can scoff at the "immigrant" notion if you want. It doesnt change the fact that its true and there isnt much to be debated.
7:00PM on 11/25/2010
"IS technically an inmigrant" jajajajajajaajaja I gotta give you some credit dude, with no intention you just made the joke of the week.. Im still laughing while Im writting this.. You should put that on twitter, is pure gold jaja.. I fully respect your opinion, is just that the way you put it, sounds like a really good joke
"IS technically an inmigrant" jajajajajajaajaja I gotta give you some credit dude, with no intention you just made the joke of the week.. Im still laughing while Im writting this.. You should put that on twitter, is pure gold jaja.. I fully respect your opinion, is just that the way you put it, sounds like a really good joke
6:49PM on 11/25/2010
He was brought up as an American and stands for "Truth, Justice and the American Way." Sounds pretty American to me.
He was brought up as an American and stands for "Truth, Justice and the American Way." Sounds pretty American to me.
6:46PM on 11/25/2010
How can Superman be American if he is not even of this planet? He is the ultimate immigrant story. He took the best characteristics from his old home and integrates himself into America. A British person (among others) could absolutely be cast.
How can Superman be American if he is not even of this planet? He is the ultimate immigrant story. He took the best characteristics from his old home and integrates himself into America. A British person (among others) could absolutely be cast.
5:48PM on 11/25/2010
I knew that SOMEONE had to bring this up... ;) SUPERMAN is as American as apple pie, that's why. I'm not saying it's the "end of the world" if it happens, but I guess that's like having an American cast as James Bond...
I knew that SOMEONE had to bring this up... ;) SUPERMAN is as American as apple pie, that's why. I'm not saying it's the "end of the world" if it happens, but I guess that's like having an American cast as James Bond...
5:40PM on 11/25/2010
I still want Brandon Routh back on this thing.
I still want Brandon Routh back on this thing.
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5:51PM on 11/25/2010
Good enough actor, but not for Superman...
Good enough actor, but not for Superman...
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6:13PM on 11/25/2010
Brandon Routh is the clear choice.
Brandon Routh is the clear choice.
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6:22PM on 11/25/2010
No to all of this.
No to all of this.
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6:44PM on 11/25/2010
god please let this be bullshit! What wrong with brandon Routh? I think he was a good supes not his fault the movie was just so so.
god please let this be bullshit! What wrong with brandon Routh? I think he was a good supes not his fault the movie was just so so.
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6:48PM on 11/25/2010
I blame Routh a lot for Superman Returns. If he had even an iota of charm or talent he could have elevated the horrible material to at best a decent interpretation. Instead we got Superman: Man of Wood with no empathetic or impressive features.
I blame Routh a lot for Superman Returns. If he had even an iota of charm or talent he could have elevated the horrible material to at best a decent interpretation. Instead we got Superman: Man of Wood with no empathetic or impressive features.
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6:48PM on 11/25/2010

I actually don't hate the choice.

I'm probably the only one who doesn't mind this news. I've been a fan of Goode's ever since I saw him in The Lookout, so I know he can pull off the American accent... as far as physique, he's not quite Superman, but neither was Routh for that matter... I'm not saying he's the best choice, but I'll reserve my judgement until I see him in action.
I'm probably the only one who doesn't mind this news. I've been a fan of Goode's ever since I saw him in The Lookout, so I know he can pull off the American accent... as far as physique, he's not quite Superman, but neither was Routh for that matter... I'm not saying he's the best choice, but I'll reserve my judgement until I see him in action.
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7:07PM on 11/25/2010
Goode- NO
CGI Supes- NO
Well, that was easy.

Also, this is produced by Nolan. Nolan does not like CGI. There is no way in hell he'd approve a CGI Superman. This rumor is absolute bullshit. Rest easy folks. (The Goode thing might be true though. Hopefully not.)
Goode- NO
CGI Supes- NO
Well, that was easy.

Also, this is produced by Nolan. Nolan does not like CGI. There is no way in hell he'd approve a CGI Superman. This rumor is absolute bullshit. Rest easy folks. (The Goode thing might be true though. Hopefully not.)
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7:12PM on 11/25/2010

Yeesh

I'm actually VERY open to CGI enhancing the actor's body, given they do a good job. I mean, Superman from the comics is unrealistically huge (a problem that plagued Routh and even Reeve to a smaller extent). Regardless, Goode is an awful choice through and through.
I'm actually VERY open to CGI enhancing the actor's body, given they do a good job. I mean, Superman from the comics is unrealistically huge (a problem that plagued Routh and even Reeve to a smaller extent). Regardless, Goode is an awful choice through and through.
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8:18PM on 11/25/2010
They should bleach his hair blond, then put a black wig on top, and then CG the hair out and add it back with CG. I mean they're already planning to waste money with CGI, so why not? While they're at it, they should CG his face too look more masculine, and they should digitally synthesize a manly voice. In fact, they should replace Superman with a 100% digital character, and give Goode credit for no reason at all.
They should bleach his hair blond, then put a black wig on top, and then CG the hair out and add it back with CG. I mean they're already planning to waste money with CGI, so why not? While they're at it, they should CG his face too look more masculine, and they should digitally synthesize a manly voice. In fact, they should replace Superman with a 100% digital character, and give Goode credit for no reason at all.
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8:27PM on 11/25/2010
They need to give Superman the same treatment they gave Hulk, just give the fans what they want, Superman kicking ass.
They need to give Superman the same treatment they gave Hulk, just give the fans what they want, Superman kicking ass.
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9:42PM on 11/25/2010
He's a good actor, but not right at all for Superman. Also, whoever does get cast should work out and build up his body. I mean if Ryan Reynolds can do it for Green Lantern, Tobey Maguire for Spider Man and Chris Evans for Captain America, then the guy who is playing Superman and one of the biggest parts in any movie should be able and be motivated to do whatever it takes to do the best he can playing the character.

My number one choice is still Jon Hamm. He IS perfect.
He's a good actor, but not right at all for Superman. Also, whoever does get cast should work out and build up his body. I mean if Ryan Reynolds can do it for Green Lantern, Tobey Maguire for Spider Man and Chris Evans for Captain America, then the guy who is playing Superman and one of the biggest parts in any movie should be able and be motivated to do whatever it takes to do the best he can playing the character.

My number one choice is still Jon Hamm. He IS perfect.
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9:44PM on 11/25/2010

It's SuperMAN Folks!

Not SuperBOY! When will they realize that the stud o' the day is NOT right for the MAN of steel. This was the problem with Routhe (he just looked to frickin' young).

My vote for this is still Jon Hamm.
Not SuperBOY! When will they realize that the stud o' the day is NOT right for the MAN of steel. This was the problem with Routhe (he just looked to frickin' young).

My vote for this is still Jon Hamm.
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10:28PM on 11/25/2010
A lot of bull.
A lot of bull.
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11:31PM on 11/25/2010

I HIGHLY DOUBT THIS...

or the CG Superman costume rumor is true, people just like to heap shit on Snyder. He didn't use CG costumes in WATCHMEN so why would he suddenly use one for Superman, esspecially since the Green Lantern costume isn't being recieved that well. Most likely he's meeting with visual efx guys to discuss how their gonna approach the flying scenes and if they'll use a CG double for certain shots like Superman Returns and the Iron Man movies did. Oh and since somebody will probably bring it up Dr.
or the CG Superman costume rumor is true, people just like to heap shit on Snyder. He didn't use CG costumes in WATCHMEN so why would he suddenly use one for Superman, esspecially since the Green Lantern costume isn't being recieved that well. Most likely he's meeting with visual efx guys to discuss how their gonna approach the flying scenes and if they'll use a CG double for certain shots like Superman Returns and the Iron Man movies did. Oh and since somebody will probably bring it up Dr. Manhatan was CG because he was a walking light bulb and no actor would wanna walk around painted blue with his junk hangin' out all over the place, well except for Rebecca Romain Stamos.
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8:01AM on 11/26/2010
no friggin way. he was about 89 pounds. get someone big like that huge werewolf dude from trueblood.
no friggin way. he was about 89 pounds. get someone big like that huge werewolf dude from trueblood.
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8:38AM on 11/26/2010
"Well THAT would be cool."

He's not frighteningly similar in appearance to Christopher Reeve (as Brandon Routh was - and dammit, I still don't understand why HE's not the #1 choice!), but he'll do well.

And as for his accent, and his physique? This is Hollywood in the 21st century. Things like that can be fixed up, and WITHOUT the benefit of padding or special effects.

Me? I think this is a good choice, IF it's the case.
"Well THAT would be cool."

He's not frighteningly similar in appearance to Christopher Reeve (as Brandon Routh was - and dammit, I still don't understand why HE's not the #1 choice!), but he'll do well.

And as for his accent, and his physique? This is Hollywood in the 21st century. Things like that can be fixed up, and WITHOUT the benefit of padding or special effects.

Me? I think this is a good choice, IF it's the case.
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9:02AM on 11/26/2010
last time I checked Superman doesn't 'Hulk-Up' and change mass when he changes from Clark to Supes. Guess it would help the disguise if he did, but that's not what Superman is about really.
last time I checked Superman doesn't 'Hulk-Up' and change mass when he changes from Clark to Supes. Guess it would help the disguise if he did, but that's not what Superman is about really.
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9:11AM on 11/26/2010
God help us all. I can't think of a worse choice. No really, I'm trying. Michael Cera would be a better Superman.
God help us all. I can't think of a worse choice. No really, I'm trying. Michael Cera would be a better Superman.
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11:31AM on 11/26/2010

Superman? Where are you?

WOW give the role back to Brandon Routh! Just because the movie got dropped by one director, doesnt mean you have to start from the ground up...plus you need a guy that not only looks like Superman but has the body for it too.
I am sick of these casting rumors sometimes.
WOW give the role back to Brandon Routh! Just because the movie got dropped by one director, doesnt mean you have to start from the ground up...plus you need a guy that not only looks like Superman but has the body for it too.
I am sick of these casting rumors sometimes.
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12:16PM on 11/26/2010

Jon Hamm

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12:18PM on 11/26/2010
As much as it should go back to Routh (which it's not because I'm sure they don't want to confuse the continuity between Singer's and Snyder's) and as good as Armie Hammer could potentially be, Matthew Goode isn't really that bad of a pick, he's not a shrimp and could easily pack a few extra pounds of muscle. He's been good in most everything I've seen since The Lookout....
As much as it should go back to Routh (which it's not because I'm sure they don't want to confuse the continuity between Singer's and Snyder's) and as good as Armie Hammer could potentially be, Matthew Goode isn't really that bad of a pick, he's not a shrimp and could easily pack a few extra pounds of muscle. He's been good in most everything I've seen since The Lookout....
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1:50PM on 11/26/2010
No. Give Brandon Routh another shot.
No. Give Brandon Routh another shot.
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2:26PM on 11/26/2010
I don't know guys, Matthew Goode just doesn't seem like a good enough pick. He's a good actor, but just wrong for Superman. I still stand by my choices of either John Hamm or Rudy Reyes (if you guys don't know who he is, than check him out on IMDB). And the idea of doing a CGI thing with Superman is just stupid, Clark Kent doesn't become bigger when he turns into Superman, they're one in the same. It just doesn't make sense. And if this is the route Snyder wants to take than Nolan should
I don't know guys, Matthew Goode just doesn't seem like a good enough pick. He's a good actor, but just wrong for Superman. I still stand by my choices of either John Hamm or Rudy Reyes (if you guys don't know who he is, than check him out on IMDB). And the idea of doing a CGI thing with Superman is just stupid, Clark Kent doesn't become bigger when he turns into Superman, they're one in the same. It just doesn't make sense. And if this is the route Snyder wants to take than Nolan should definitely step in and tell him to calm down on the CGI, it doesn't work for every movie, sorry Mr. Snyder.
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1:01AM on 11/27/2010
Brandon Routh should definitely get another go at it.
Brandon Routh should definitely get another go at it.
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8:55AM on 11/27/2010

Really?!

My biggest beef is, the guy's not American. This will be 3rd time in recent years, they've chosen a Brit to play an American icon. First Batman, then soon-to-be Spiderman, and now Superman? I didn't care when Batman was cast, I'm letting it slide with Spiderman (have no intentions to watch it anyway), but I draw the line at Superman. I can understand Thor, but the least they can do is get a got damn American to play Superman.
My biggest beef is, the guy's not American. This will be 3rd time in recent years, they've chosen a Brit to play an American icon. First Batman, then soon-to-be Spiderman, and now Superman? I didn't care when Batman was cast, I'm letting it slide with Spiderman (have no intentions to watch it anyway), but I draw the line at Superman. I can understand Thor, but the least they can do is get a got damn American to play Superman.
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3:38PM on 11/27/2010
Snyder involved was worse enough already... we don't need this on top of it.
Snyder involved was worse enough already... we don't need this on top of it.
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10:31PM on 11/27/2010
Can't really picture Goode as Superman. So far, I think Routh is still the best choice, though it's not likely he's going to be cast since they want to reboot the franchise.
Can't really picture Goode as Superman. So far, I think Routh is still the best choice, though it's not likely he's going to be cast since they want to reboot the franchise.
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11:35PM on 11/27/2010
Back in my day we just burned effigies of Michael Keaton. You kids are so lazy.
Back in my day we just burned effigies of Michael Keaton. You kids are so lazy.
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5:31PM on 11/28/2010

I have said it before....

.... and I will say it again. Give Routh another shot. He had a lot to overcome and one movie isn't enough to do it in. Goode should play a character along the lines of Brainiac of maybe General Zod. Just a thought.
.... and I will say it again. Give Routh another shot. He had a lot to overcome and one movie isn't enough to do it in. Goode should play a character along the lines of Brainiac of maybe General Zod. Just a thought.
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11:53PM on 11/28/2010
I like Goode, but I don't want him as Superman. This is one of the few situations where I would prefer an All-American. And no CG for Superman himself. Others have hit the gym to get fit, whoever gets cast should too. And I'd be down with bringing Routh back. He's shown talent and this time there's no Singer to instruct him to imitate Christopher Reeve.
I like Goode, but I don't want him as Superman. This is one of the few situations where I would prefer an All-American. And no CG for Superman himself. Others have hit the gym to get fit, whoever gets cast should too. And I'd be down with bringing Routh back. He's shown talent and this time there's no Singer to instruct him to imitate Christopher Reeve.
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11:47AM on 11/29/2010
no, no, no,no
no, no, no,no
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4:00PM on 11/29/2010

I don't buy it

Great fucking actor but I don't see him as Superman. Just bring Routh back...
Great fucking actor but I don't see him as Superman. Just bring Routh back...
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4:06PM on 11/29/2010

wow....

Love miscastings. Why don't you have Will Smith play Superman. Or Vern Troyer...Paul Reubens...you can use CGI to make the above look just like Superman. (on a serious note...Brandon wasn't such a bad choice and am getting tired of origin stories)
Love miscastings. Why don't you have Will Smith play Superman. Or Vern Troyer...Paul Reubens...you can use CGI to make the above look just like Superman. (on a serious note...Brandon wasn't such a bad choice and am getting tired of origin stories)
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