Dream Casting is an imaginative look at the casting process of potential Hollywood projects based on comics and other media. This isn't just about what is being made; this is about what should be made, and who we think should be the stars.
This week, we're doing something different. With rumors swirling about Henry Cavill leaving behind the role of a Superman, lots of people are talking about the future of the role and the franchise. Nothing is definite, but it's certainly a quandary worth thinking about. If Cavill does leave, who's next in line for the Man of Steel? I've gathered some actors who I think have what it takes to wear that legendary red cape.
Matt Bomer (White Collar, American Horror Story) has the absolute best classic Superman look of any actor working today. The jawline, the handsome face, black hair, blue eyes, great body: he's got it all. On top of that, he's a fantastic and versatile actor who could play a Superman who's both immediately recognizable and not quite like any that's come before.
Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) is one of my favorite actors working today. Maybe he's not as tall as Superman has traditionally been (but movie magic can always help with that), but he's certainly handsome and charismatic enough. On top of that, he's becoming a movie star's movie star, and putting him in the role of Superman would generate new interest in the DC film franchise.
He'd probably need a wig to have the proper Superman hair, but John Cena (Blockers) could fill out a Superman suit like few real human beings ever have. He's also a surprisingly promising actor who basically oozes charisma. Sure, he always seems a little bit like a dork, but let's be honest: so does Superman.
Channing Tatum (Kingsman: The Golden Circle) is another particularly muscular actor who could really fill out the suit. He also has the distinction of voicing Superman in the LEGO movies, which he was great at. He might come off as a little too much of a meathead to be a good Superman, but if it were up to me I'd want to at least give him a screen test and see how it goes.
Justin Baldoni (Jane the Virgin) is certainly handsome and charismatic, and it's easy to imagine him flying up to rescue a cat from a tree, which is the sort of thing I'd like to see movie Superman doing more of.
John Krasinski was reportedly up for the part of Captain America, and that was before he'd even proven himself as an action star, which he's currently doing in Jack Ryan. He might not be as classically handsome as some other Superman options, but he makes up for it in affable likability.
Sterling K. Brown
If you want a truly fresh Superman who doesn't look like any Superman that's come before, you could do a lot worse than Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us, Black Panther), an award-winning actor with a great smile and trustworthy energy.
It's hard to imagine Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) without an English accent, but Henry Cavill's English too, and he certainly pulled off Superman. Madden also has a classic Superman look and isn't such a big star that he'd overshadow the part, which is the kind of actor superhero franchises often prefer.
I know some of you are about to tell me that Bucky can't be Superman. But let's be real: Sebastian Stan is really great in the Captain America movies, but he's never going to get his own movie as the Winter Soldier. Besides that, with the note of finality to Avengers: Infinity War, his time in the MCU may be just about done. Plus, look at him! That guy could totally be Superman, and you know he's great at action.