True Blood Star Joe Manganiello May Not Be Superman, but He'll Settle for Being Another Superhero
09.02.11 by BrentJS
For a few days in January, Joe Manganiello, star of HBO's True Blood, was thought to be a "front-runner" to play Clark Kent/Superman in Zack Snyder's Superman franchise reboot, Man of Steel. Unfortunately, while Warner Bros. did want him to screen test for the role, Manganiello said the studio wanted him to "settle" his "deal" for the movie beforehand, which he could not do because of his commitment to appear in season five of True Blood. As a result, Managaniello never tested and the coveted part of the world's first and most recognizable superhero went to British actor Henry Cavill (upcoming Immortals), who is currently filming the movie in Illinois.
Manganiello recently opened up about missing out on the chance to test for Superman, saying that he was "really, severely depressed...for a few months afterwards." He has since consigned himself to the fact that playing Superman "just wasn't meant to be," but in an interview with The Huffington Post (via CBM), Manganiello revealed there is another superhero he would like to play on the big screen.
I'd love to do a version of The Punisher, but it would have to be directed by Michael Mann. Like a hardcore, rated-R version of The Punisher.
Manganiello also commented on the lack of 'manly' leading men in Hollywood today.
We took this turn in cinema where leading men got soft. When I was growing up, it was Clint Eastwood, it was Harrison Ford and Steve McQueen — these guys were tough. They were leading men, but they were also tough and physical. Somehow we got away from that, and it was like these two things needed to be separated, but I don't think it does.
Manganiello can currrently be seen on season four of True Blood as Alcide Herveaux, a free-thinking werewolf who acts as Sookie Stackhouse's (Anna Paquin) guardian angel. He is currently filming a role in What to Expect When You're Expecting, the adaptation of Heidi Murkoff's best-selling pregnancy guidebook directed by Kirk Jones (Waking Ned Devine), and he recently joined the cast of director Steven Soderbergh's male stripper movie, Magic Mike, which goes into production this month.