He may not have technically played Superman, but we still consider Matt Bomer our man of steel.
Those eyes, those abs, that million watt smile!
Bomer revealed that he was in the running for the Man of Steel role which eventually went to Henry Cavill, who will reprise the role in the upcoming Batman v Superman, opposite Ben Affleck, and in the future two Justice League movies.
He explained in Josh Horowitz‘s Happy, Sad, Confused podcast,
I had screen tested with Amy Adams in the tights. I think at that session it was Paul Walker, myself and…I can’t remember who the other person was. Some other big star. Thankfully [Brett Ratner] chose me for the project. Of all the parts! I mean, talk about just like…Brendan Fraser was the other person! It was a very lengthy process to get the role. I think it was three months.
Without going into too much detail, he explained that he “went in on a cattle call and it sort of evolved from there…It was a month of, ‘OK, it looks like this is going to happen,’ and then it slowly fell apart…It’s OK. I have zero regrets about that.”
The White Collar actor, whose sixth (and last) season of the show ended last year, commented further, “I feel like I’ve gotten to do such a rich array of roles and so many different things and I haven’t been locked too into one [role].
“That’s a very iconic role to portray and suddenly be that character in everyone’s forever.”
While Adams was eventually casted as Lois Lane, Bomer explained the Superman movie he auditioned for was “completely different” than directorZack Snyder‘s version. “It was written by J.J. Abrams. It focused on him when he was younger and he was in college. It was very lighthearted in many ways.”