Joe Manganiello, currently of True Blood fame, is said to be one of the frontrunners to play Superman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel film.
Rumors earlier in the week by the L.A. Times placed Manganiello in the role due to talk at the Academy Bake Off last week. Then, over the weekend, it seemed the actor himself confirmed the possibility of him taking on the famous role in an interview with Extra at the Producers Guild Awards red carpet.
When asked by the interviewer if he indeed was going to be playing Superman, Manganiello said, “Well, you know, that’s really not up to me at this point….It’s out there in the ether so we’ll see.” Although he did not answer with a direct yes, not many actors up for a role do, especially one as important as this. But it seems he’s not past sucking up to better his chances, “I would be honored. I love Zack Snyder, I love Christopher Nolan, I’m huge fans of both of them. So I’d be honored to if they choose to do that.”
Manganiellos is currently busy filming Season 4 of True Blood right now. He told Extra, “Witches show up and cause some trouble in Bon Temps.”
Manganiello is already familiar with the comic book movie realm, you may remember he played Flash Thompson in the Spider-Man films. But does he have what it takes to fill some of the biggest boots on the block? He certainly has the body for it but he doesn’t scream Superman to me. Perhaps Snyder is looking for someone completely different than who we’ve seen as the Man of Steel in the past. What do you think?