The search for the new Superman is well underway. With James Gunn at the helm and Henry Cavill stepping away from the DC franchise, speculations about potential candidates have surfaced and the top contenders have finally been revealed.
Last month, we reported that the producers of DC’s upcoming Man Of Steel flick are searching for a young, “Chris Pratt-type” actor to take on the role of one of America’s most iconic comic book heroes. At long last, a shortlist is emerging…
After a string of disappointing announcements from producers and news that actors are turning down another of cinema’s most-envied male leading roles – the revered fictional spy James Bond – it’s a welcome relief to hear that the Superman franchise is pushing forwards at pace.
Following Henry Cavill – who got unbelievably built for the role of America’s greatest superhero – departing the franchise after the release of the previous Superman film amid some understandable controversy from fans, producers were quick to start eyeing up replacements.
WATCH: The producers are looking for a “Chris Pratt-type”.
Last month, film critic Jeff Sneider revealed to John Rocha on Hot Mic that the director for Superman: Legacy is on the lookout for “a young Chris Pratt-type” actor to play Clark Kent, elaborating that “the model here – as you might expect it is, particularly these days – is a young farm boy type.” Crucially, however, they don’t want Pratt himself, who plays Star-Lord in the rival Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Among the names circulating in Hollywood circles, Australian actor Jacob Elordi has emerged as a promising choice. The twenty-five-year-old Elordi, who made a name for himself in Euphoria and The Kissing Booth, has garnered attention for his talent and on-screen charisma.
Another actor making waves as a potential frontrunner is David Corenswet, a relatively fresh face in the industry. Just shy of thirty, Corenswet has gained recognition through his performances in Ryan Murphy’s Netflix series Hollywood and The Politician.
Another man that’s been touted for the role is Zac Efron, who’s also bulked up recently for his upcoming wrestling film, leaving him with a body that could transition pretty seamlessly into some Superman spandex.
Not only is Efron a well-established leading man, but he’s also spent much of the past few years establishing himself as a thoroughly Down To Earth kind of chap, with the help of his eponymous Netflix show (see what we did there?) He may not be a farmhand, but he’s definitely grounded enough to audition.
Two Poms are also in the running for the coveted role: Tom Brittney, known for his work in Grantchester, and Andrew Richardson, acclaimed for his appearance in The Last O.G. Both Brits are being considered for the part, according to insider sources.
Cavill’s awkward departure as Superman
In an awkward turn of events at the latter end of last year, Henry Cavill announced his return as the iconic superhero only to be later dismissed by DC, forcing him to publicly revoke his initial statement. Cavill took to Instagram to address the situation, sharing his sentiments about the changing circumstances:
“I have just had a meeting with James Gunn and Peter Safran, and it’s sad news, everyone. I will, after all, not be returning as Superman… The changing of the guard is something that happens. I respect that. James and Peter have a universe to build. I wish them and all involved with the new universe the best of luck, and the happiest of fortunes.”Henry Cavill
Other iconic characters are also being cast as we speak, including Clark Kent’s love interest Lois Lane. Sex Education star Emma Mackey has reportedly caught the attention of producers, along with Phoebe Dynevor, the twenty-eight-year-old rising star from the hit series Bridgerton.
Excitingly, producers seem most certain when it comes to casting the infamous antagonist and supervillain Lex Luthor, with reports suggesting that Nicholas Hoult is the current frontrunner for the role – although, interestingly, he’s also been tipped to play Supes himself (although we think he makes much more sense as Luthor).
Scheduled to hit cinemas in the United States in July 2025, fans await Superman: Legacy with bated breath. With ruddy cheeks and a do-gooder approach to life, I considered throwing my own hat into the ring. Alas, for as long as cream cakes and leg day are my kryptonite, the search rolls on…