I have to say, I really like this idea. Rumors have been spreading about Jon Hamm’s involvement with the Superman reboot, with him being cast as the next Man of Steel. Although Hamm’s rep has been quoted as saying “This is definitely false. So much speculation on these comic projects and 99% is wrong/wishful thinking!” Wishful thinking, indeed. If Hamm is involved or later becomes involved somehow, I think he has the potential to become the closest idea to what Superman is (at least to me) since Christopher Reeve.
I used the picture of him as Dr. Drew Baird from 30 Rock to show that he could pull off the Clark Kent look as well. Hell, he already spoofed Lex Luthor in a FunnyOrDie skit. The more I think about it, the more I love the notion of a more seasoned Superman. Somebody who looks like he could carry the world’s burdens and at the same time help a kitten get down from a tree.
What do you think, readers? For decades the standard for Superman has been the mid-twenty somethings (hard to believe Reeve was 25 when he landed the role, Brandon Routh was 24), so could Hamm break the mold and would you be for it?
UPDATE: Yesterday on Regis and Kelly, Hamm responded to online calls for him to star in the reboot of the Man of Steel.
“It’s news to me,” the Emmy-nominated actor said, but seemed open to the possibility: “If the powers that be are thinking that, I’d like them to get in touch with me.”