We already know Nic Cage almost played Superman, even suiting up for the role, and we’ve also heard Josh Hartnett once turned down $100 million for a Superman trilogy. I’ve even heard a rumor (via the secret meetings all of us gays attend) that Matt Bomer was being considered for the Superman role, but it fell through. At the time, the specious rumor going around was that homophobia may have played a part in the studio’s decision to drop the project (Bomer is openly gay), but, even back then, I figured the real cause was the studio suddenly realizing they had signed Brett Ratner to direct.
Bomer has now confirmed that he was briefly cast as Superman in the early ’00s, with a script by J.J. Abrams to be directed by Brett Ratner. Bomer talked about it on the Happy Sad Confused podcast with MTV’s Josh Horowitz. The Superman talks starts about 27 minutes into the audio: