Who Will Play the Next Superman?

by Rick Rockwell
on September 26, 2018

Little more than a week ago, news broke that Henry Cavill was out as Superman. Of course, this news was met with a great deal of backlash from fans and critics. In my opinion, it’s rightfully so. Cavill brought some stability and credibility to an iconic super hero that hasn’t had a stable force since the late, great Christopher Reeve. And now, just like with Batman in 2012, fans of the DC Universe will have to hold their breath in anticipation of who will become the next Superman.

How Did Things Break Down with Cavill?

Reports surfaced that Warner Brothers and Cavill couldn’t come to an agreement over a cameo appearance in the upcoming Shazam! movie. Apparently, Cavill had a scheduling conflict. However, some insiders speculated that Warner Brothers felt that a change was needed instead of sticking with Cavill. Warner Brothers is expected to make a Supergirl movie next and not attempt another Superman film for a few years.

According to Hollywoodreporter.com, a spokesperson from Warner Brothers made the following comments about the breaking Superman news:

“We have a great relationship and great respect for Henry Cavill that continues to remain unchanged. Additionally we have made no current decisions regarding any upcoming Superman films.”

Superman Betting Odds

With Warner Brothers open to casting a new Superman, numerous Hollywood actors have been rumored or linked to potentially donning the red cape. According to BetOnline, the following actors are the odds on favorites to become the new Superman.

  • Michael B. Jordan +125
  • Armie Hammer +350
  • Idris Elba +600
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson +900
  • Tyler Hoechlin +900
  • Henry Golding +1000
  • Ryan Gosling +1000
  • Mark Wahlberg +1200
  • Benjamin Walker +1600
  • Nicholas Cage +3300
  • Ben Affleck +5000
  • Will Smith +5000

The Favorites

The following talented actors are the odds on favorites to replace Cavill as Superman:

Michael B. Jordan (+125)

He has youth and talent on his side. And, he also has an impressive performance as “Killmonger” in Black Panther. Jordan has become the favorite to land this role after numerous media outlets have reported that Warner Brothers is interested in his portrayal of Superman. With that said, would Warner Brothers really change the look of Superman to appease or appeal to an equality or political correctness? That’s the question that many critics and fans are asking.

Armie Hammer (+350)

Armie is another American actor that fans believe could portray a superhero. He played the Lone Ranger in the 2013 titled film. He’s also shown a range of acting skills due to some critically acclaimed performances over the last few years. However, Hammer doesn’t really strike me as the Superman type despite the cool name. If anything, reprise the role of Mike Hammer instead of donning the red cape and “S” on his chest.

Idris Elba (+600)

When it comes to pure acting ability, Idris Elba is my favorite actor on this list of betting options. I’ve been a big fan of Elba since he starred as “Stringer Bell” in one of my all-time favorite shows The Wire. From there, Elba had some standout roles in films. But, it was the lead role in the British crime show Luther that really proved Elba was a superstar. Idris played “Luther” and sucked you into this world of criminal profiling and murder. Elba also has superhero experience as he played the role of “Heimdall” in three different Thor movies. Unfortunately, just like with the talented Jordan, I don’t see Warner Brothers changing Superman’s skin color.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (+900)

If Warner Brothers did lean towards the direction of changing Superman’s skin color, and wanted a guarantee success at the Box Office, then Dwayne Johnson would be the man to call. The Rock is Hollywood’s top action star and he would definitely put the fear in villains both in and out of the DC Universe. I just don’t think there’s a Superman outfit that would fit The Rock. Can you imagine Johnson showing up with the “people’s eyebrow” and laying the smack down on Lex Luthor in a movie? What if Johnson bellowed

“Can you smell what the Krypton is cooking”?

I could go on, but you get the point.

The Betting Value

Tyler Hoechlin (+900) offers betting value due to these odds and the fact that he already plays Superman on the TV show Supergirl. At first, I felt that Hoechlin was a bit small on the Superman side, but he seemed to handle the “Clark Kent” side really well. Over time, Tyler grew on me and other fans. In fact, his name started popping up as a legit candidate for a Superman role, once Cavill was done. Well, Cavill is reportedly done with Warner Brothers, so Hoechlin does make sense in replacing Henry. Warner Brothers should give Hoechlin a serious look.

Speaking of TV Supermans, if we’re going to take a look at TV incarnations of Superman then we need to consider Tom Welling who rocked the red cape in the hit series Smallville for a decade.

The Longshot

Of this list, I don’t see any of the longshots having a legitimate chance. Nicholas Cage is too old, Mark Wahlberg is too “Marky Mark” for Superman, Ben Affleck was just portraying Batman and on the outs with Warner Brothers, and Will Smith doesn’t offer the same acting range as Jordan and Elba.

Who Will be the Next Superman?

After looking over the betting options provided by BetOnline, I wouldn’t take any of these. I would wait until this betting site offered a few different options. One such betting option that they should offer is Brandon Routh. Although he might play a goofy “Ray Palmer (Atom)” on Legends of Tomorrow, Routh has already donned the red cape in the 2006 film Superman Returns. I feel that Routh did a good job as Superman and he would be the best option from all of these other actors that online betting sites are offering.

Other than Routh, the obvious betting choice is that Henry Cavill returns to the role of Superman despite the alleged falling out with Warner Brothers. Cavill still has plenty of juice left in his Superman run, and I believe fans would support his return. Keep in mind, WB isn’t going to produce another Superman film for a few years. That’s plenty of time for Cavill to clear his schedule and for WB to get over their hurt feelings that Henry was too busy to make a cameo in another film.

Hold off betting on this Entertainment Future until you can find an online betting site that offers Cavill as an option. I believe he has a better chance to return as Superman than any of these listed actors. Although, I would love to see The Rock dropping “kryptonian people elbows” on criminals or Elba putting his acting stamp on the Man of Steel, Cavill is the best choice to put your money on.

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