Original story posted: November 22, 2010
The man fast enough to catch a speeding bullet in 'Watchmen' could be the next Superman.
British actor Matthew Goode, who played industrialist Adrian Veidt formerly the superhero Ozymandias in 'Watchmen' (2009), is the frontrunner for the title role in Warner Bros.' Superman reboot, to be directed by Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300).
According to our sources, Snyder wants Goode to play mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent and has plans to rely heavily on CGI for The Man of Steel. Essentially this means Superman could be a CG enhanced character, similar to what Warner Bros. is doing with the Green Lantern costume. This would certainly eliminate the need to cast based on the physical stature of Superman.
In 'Watchmen' Matthew Goode was a key player (the smartest man in the world) with a carefully manufactured public and private persona. The duality is essential for the role of Clark Kent / Kal-El, Superman's Kryptonian birth name. Most importantly Goode is the right height at 6 ft 2 in., just an inch shorter than Brandon Routh (Superman Returns).
Goode has experience acting with visual effects and stated in past interviews that he worked well with Zack Snyder's "enthusiastic" directing style. Snyder has a history of bringing back his actors to work on new projects; Carla Gugino, Abbie Cornish and Gerard Butler have all made two films with the director.
Zack Snyder is currently putting the finishing touches on his female-driven action-adventure 'Sucker Punch', slated to open March 25, 2011.