Before he was making audiences sweat with his stripping abilities or apprehending dangerous white collar criminals, Matt Bomer was a little known daytime television soap opera actor. But what you may not know is that Bomer’s career could have played out much different way as the actor came this close to being cast as the Man of Steel in a scrapped Superman film written by J.J. Abrams and directed by Brett Ratner.
During a recent appearance on Josh Horowitz’s Happy, Sad, Confused podcast, Bomer opened up about suiting up for the role back when he was around 23-years-old.
“I screen tested with Amy Adams in the tights,” said the Magic Mike XXL star, who went on to reveal that both Paul Walker and Brendan Fraser also tried out for the role. “Thankfully Brett chose me for the project…it was maybe a month of ‘Okay this is going to happen’ and then it just slowly fell apart.”
Unfortunatly, the project never took flight again after falling apart and the red and blue mantle passed on to Brandon Routh in Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns. Warner Bros later rebooted the franchise again with Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel in 2013 and a sequel titled Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is due next year.
Also of note from the interview – Bomer talks about what it was like being cast in The Normal Heart, the HBO film based on the Larry Kramer play he read growing up in rural Texas.
Watch the interview below (Supmerman talk starts around 26:45)
[h/t Just Jared]