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Matt Bomer reveals he could have been Superman

Matt Bomer reveals he could have been Superman

Matt Bomer was cast on Superman

Matt Bomer was cast as Superman in a failed film, he has revealed in a new podcast.

The Magic Mike star says he was cast as the Man of Steel back in the early ’00s on a JJ Abrams scripted film directed by Brett Ratner.

Speaking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Bomer remembered playing Clark Kent opposite Amy Adams as Lois Lane. Adams went on to play the role in the 2013 film opposite Henry Cavill.

‘Brett chose me for the project and then it all fell apart,’ Bomer said. ‘It was a very lengthy process to get the role, I think it was over the course of three months because I went in in a cattle call. It sort of evolved from there.

‘It was a month of, “Okay, looks like this is going to happen”. And then it slowly fell apart. I have zero regrets about that, I feel like I’ve gotten to do such a rich array of roles in so many different things.

‘I haven’t been too locked in… I mean that’s a very iconic role to portray, to suddenly be that character in everyone’s minds forever.’

Bomer said the Superman movie was ‘completely different’ to the darker takes that Superman Returns and Man of Steel took, saying it was ‘very light-hearted’ in many ways.

‘It focused on him much more when he was younger and in college,’ he said.

The White Collar actor has actually suited up as the superhero post the failed film, starring in a 2009 Japanese commercial for Toyota Prius and voicing the character in animated film Superman Unbound.

If he had been cast, he would have been the first openly gay actor to portray Superman in a live-action film. Other LGBTI actors include Ian McKellen as Magneto, Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde, and Anna Paquin as Rogue in the X Men films.

Last year, queer actor Ezra Miller was cast as The Flash – becoming the first LGBTI person to lead a superhero franchise. It will be out in 2018.