Ken Jeong

Ken Jeong Eager To Replace Henry Cavill As Superman Source: Comicbook

Ever since the news of Henry Cavill’s exit from the DCEU was announced earlier this week, fans everywhere have been offering Warner Bros. their suggestions as to who should play Superman next, and in a surprise turn of events, Ken Jeong, star of The Hangover films, has thrown his hat into the ring.

While we’re well aware that Jeong is a known jokester, that fact that he’s pinned the above tweet and spent hours retweeting the #KenForKent and #KenForSuperman hangtags is incredibly hilarious.

In all seriousness, if Jeong were to land the role of Clark Kent, much like myself, he’d have to spend every waking hour in the weight room. That said, I’ve seen enough Tom Cruise movies to know that height means nothing, so as far as I’m concerned – #KenForSuperman!

Who do you think Warner Bros. should hire as Cavill’s replacement?

Who Should Replace Henry Cavill As Superman?

Scott Eastwood

It feels like Scott Eastwood’s name gets tossed around a lot when it comes to superhero casting speculation and with good reason. He’s a young up-and-coming actor with a strong jawline and built-in name recognition thanks to his famous dad, Clint. Eastwood actually had a role in the DCU already, playing Lieutenant GQ Edwards in 2016’s Suicide Squad, but it was a minor role that also saw his character die. Therefore, Eastwood would be totally freed up to graduate to something bigger like Superman and even though we’d like to see him do some more dramatic roles to see if he has the necessary acting chops, he definitely has the right look to play Kal-El.

Matthew Goode

Back in 2011, before Warner Bros. officially announced that Henry Cavill would be playing Superman in a series of upcoming films (that would eventually become the DC Extended Universe), there were plenty of rumors that the Matthew Goode was also in the running for the part.

He may have finished as the runner-up last time, but now is the perfect time to reconsider Goode. He’s received positive reviews for his roles The Imitation Game and the prestige Netflix series The Crown, and has history appearing in comic book movies. Fans of DC Comic movies will remember his role as anti-hero Adrian Veidt aka Ozymandias in Zack Snyder’s epic Watchmen, where he unleashed the full energy force of Dr. Manhattan on an unsuspecting New York, ending the Cold War in the process.

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Zac Efron

It wasn’t long ago that we would have never considered someone like Zac Efron to play Superman. Mostly known for appearing in the cheesy High School Musical series before transitioning into sophomoric comedies like Neighbors and romantic comedies like That Awkward Moment, Efron’s career overall is lacking in particularly memorable performances.

However, as he hits 30-years-old, Efron has started to branch out. He was surprisingly good in 2017’s Baywatch alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, even if the film was a shallow R-rated comedy big on boobs and explosions, but low on any real plot. One of his next roles, though, is playing infamous serial killer Ted Bundy in the upcoming movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. That’s a stark change of pace for Efron, and could do wonders to remove his reputation as a typecast pretty boy with no real acting skills.

Efron has the physical look to play Supes, no doubt. And he’s proving with each new role that he probably has the range to go from pre-teen musicals to a sprawling cinematic universe shared with Batman, Wonder Woman, and the rest of the DC characters. Source: Men’s Journal

Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal has come a long way since Donnie Darko. The Los Angeles-native actually started out as a child actor, but really hit it big in the trippy indie cult hit playing the title character. Since then, he’s also appeared in memorable films like Brokeback MountainJarheadZodiac, and Nightcrawler.

There’s a potential conflict here, since Gyllenhaal has been cast as villain Quentin Beck, aka Mysterio, in the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home film for the MCU. However, there’s no hard rule saying actors can’t appear in both universes. Gyllenhaal is a perfect fit, really, with both the incredible physique (see: Southpaw) and stunning good looks to pull off playing Superman. Source: Esquire

Jon Hamm

There may be better choices on this list than Jon Hamm, but we have to admit that he was still the first name that came to mind when we heard that Cavill was stepping away from the DC franchise. His iconic role in Man Men already showed us he has the chops to play Clark Kent (although maybe with a little less drinking, smoking, and womanizing), and he certainly has the pleasing face and granite jawline to play Krypton’s most famous son.

Hamm has never truly blossomed into the huge A-list movie star that many people expected he would after the Mad Men finale. We still enjoyed his performances in the likes of Baby Driver and Million Dollar Arm, and especially his cameo in the sci-fi dystopian Netflix series Black Mirror. Landing the role of Superman might finally be the gig to earn Hamm a spot about Hollywood’s elite leading men.


Michael B. Jordan

This is an out-of-the-box choice, for sure, but it’s not as far fetched as you might think. To address the elephant in the room, yes, Michael B. Jordan is black and the character of Superman/Clark Kent/Kal El has traditionally always been portrayed as a white dude with dark hair. But so what? Jordan has more than proven himself as a capable actor, receiving high praise for his starring role in Creed and as one of the best villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when he played Killmonger in Black Panther. So while a small portion of fans will scream heresy at the idea of a black actor playing the Man of Steel, Deadline has already reported that Warner Bros. is seriously considering Jordan for the role “down the line”.

We admit that we’d prefer to see film studios spend the money and the marketing power on giving black actors interesting, original characters to call their own (something that Black Panther did so well) instead of, say, casting Iris Elba as the next James Bond. But if WB wants to really shake things up, they could do a lot worse than casting one of the hottest young actors around in Jordan. Source: The Times

Armie Hammer

Armie Hammer has had an incredible run over the last couple years. From his critically-acclaimed role in last year’s Oscar-nominated Call Me by Your Name to his hilariously unhinged turn as cult leader Steve Lift in this summer’s Sorry to Bother You, Hammer has continued to prove he’s a talented actor capable of more than just having his name attached to The Lone Ranger. With a 6’ 4” build and handsome features, it takes no difficulty at all to picture Hammer wearing the red and blue. Besides, this is a guy who had his big break postponed by a few years when George Miller’s Justice League movie went belly-up in 2007 (he was cast as Batman); it’s only right to let him back in the DC fold. Source: Vanity Fair

Tyler Hoechlin

Tyler Hoechlin gets the top spot because, well, he’s already been Superman before! Hoechlin has made several appearances as the Man of Steel in the CW series Supergirl and even though his take on the character could really benefit from a Kryptonite-powered razor to get rid of that 5 o’clock shadow, we like what we’ve seen so far. Hoechlin’s Supes strikes a perfect blend between Christopher Reeve and Brandon Routh’s takes on the character, delivering the warmth and heroic presence that Cavill’s lacked much of the time (thanks a lot, Zack Snyder). Plus, the ‘Arrowverse’ isn’t even connected to the DCU, so it’s not like there’s any sort of weird overlap here. We’re not going to hold our breath here, as TV actors never seem to get breaks like this, but WB could do a lot worse than Tyler Hoechlin.

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Riley Jones (@moviemanjones)

Riley Jones (@moviemanjones)

Riley is the Managing Editor of Goliath. When he's not at the movie theatre or binging some new tv series, he likes to spend his time shooting hoops and play MTG. He doesn't like 'Breaking Bad,' loves 'The Simpsons,' hates mayonnaise, and has been repping the Toronto Raptors since '95. Follow him on IG and Twitter @moviemanjones.