Mostly, I’ve been annoyed by all the Superman talk. I’m a little tired of all the comic book movies and really tired of the all “reboots”. Do something new/interesting, already. But apparently, whether or not we want it, we’ll be getting a new Superman movie in 2012, this time directed by Zack Snyder (of 300 fame).
Now then. Word on the web is that Warner Bros. and Snyder are looking to go “middle-aged,” which they define as in the 35-40 range. (I would argue that’s still a bit young to be middle-aged, actually, but whatever.) This news, to me, has a little bit of a promise. I’d rather see somebody in their prime than some young pretty guy who only has a nice set of abs to recommend him. So that’s good, I guess.
Naturally, every movie blogger who pays attention to this particular type of feature is out there, predicting the casting of this latest incarnation of the Man of Steel. And I suppose I’m not going to be any different; but that’s because I have just now, hit upon someone that I think is a very good choice.
Here’s what I’m thinking. Are you ready? You’re gonna love this.
I KNOW, RIGHT? Eric Bana! Isn’t that an amazing idea? Don’t you wish you’d thought of it? Let’s discuss.
- Physicality: Excellent. Bana is 6’2″, according to IMDb, and is certainly buff enough.
- Look: Let’s see. Dark hair with a curl? Check. Chiseled jaw? Check. And pardon me while I suffer a moment of distraction, considering the notion of Eric Bana in Clark Kent’s glasses.
- Chops: Excellent. Bana isn’t exactly a household name (though he should be) but he’s got some solid acting credits to his name. You really need look no further than Munich to know that Bana is not just a pretty face.
- Age: Ok, so Bana is 42. But I would argue that he looks younger than a lot of the people who might be considered, most notably Jon Hamm, who is only 39. I don’t think two years is a huge deal when everything else is well in line.
- Other considerations: The only “issue” I can think of is the fact that Bana starred in the “first” Hulk movie, which wasn’t terribly well-received. However, I don’t think a whole lot of people even saw it, and with The Hulk himself getting a reboot in the form of Mark Ruffalo, why shouldn’t Eric Bana be allowed to move on?
So yeah. That’s my choice. He’s got the look, he’s got the build, and most importantly to me, he’s got the acting ability to make Superman a compelling character. Let’s put it this way: I really don’t care about a new Superman movie. Depending on who they cast in it, I will not be that interested in seeing it, but, if they cast Bana? I would be there standing in line opening night, guaranteed. I’d really like to see Eric Bana become more of a star, and I think he just hasn’t gotten the chance yet. So, Zack Snyder, if you’re out there listening, think about it, huh?
And you, readers? What do you think? Update: To convince you further, please check out FlixChatter’s companion piece, complete with Photoshopped SuperBana/Clark Kent!