The internet is abuzz with the news that Warner Bros. has announced a new movie based on the Justice League comic book series, which will put Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash, and Martian Manhunter together in one action-packed film. Mad Max director George Miller has been signed to direct, and casting is underway for the starring roles - but apparently without Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) or Christian Bale (Batman Begins) locked down for the leads. So, the question that has all Hollywood in suspense is: who will be the next Superman?
Bruce Scivally, author of the new book Superman on Film, Television, Radio & Broadway, which will be published in October in time for Superman's 70th anniversary year (2008), said Since Warners is pushing ahead with Justice League, the planned sequel to Superman Returns has reportedly been put on the back burner. And since the studio regards Justice League as a potential franchise separate from the Batman and Superman franchises, they're entertaining the idea of having different actors play Batman and Superman in the new film.
Whoever wins the role, it's a unique challenge for an actor, since they essentially have to play not one but two parts - Superman and Clark Kent. Bud Collyer did it on radio by altering his voice, dropping it an octave when he became Superman. On film, Christopher Reeve did it by not only altering his voice but also his body language - he was stooped over and bumbling as Clark Kent, but stood straight and exuded confidence as Superman.