The Actor Who Said ‘No, you can’t do that’ to Playing Superman After Trying on the Suit

Culture news 'No, you can't do that' This Star Turned Down the Role of Superman After Seeing Himself in the Mirror in the Suit


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No one has been able to forget the months of speculation surrounding Henry Cavill's replacement as Superman. After many twists and turns, it is ultimately David Corenswet who will play the superhero, even if another super star could have taken his place.


A new Superman

No one could forget the months of theories to guess who would replace Henry Cavill in the role of Superman. Following the promotion of Peter Safran and James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) at the head of DC Studios, everything was turned upside down. Gunn announced the creation of a new shared universe, with new films, which meant replacing all the actors, and the cancellation of ongoing projects like Wonder Woman 3. Finally, it was David Corenswet (Pearl) who will play Superman in “Superman: Legacy”, scheduled for July 11, 2025. However, other actors were also considered for the role of Clark Kent, like this movie star who never managed to project himself into the role.

No one could be Clark Kent

Superman had many faces! A few years before the interpretation ofHenry Cavill in Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder, filmmaker Bryan Singer tried to bring the hero back to the cinema. He who had not been in cinemas since Superman IV: The Quest for Peace in 1987. Problem: no actor matched his project. In 2003, Singer even chose to give up. “The difficulties faced by casting Superman contributed to my decision. I thank the Warner Bros. studio. for the efforts made, as well as the entire production team,” explained the director in a press release, reports Allocinated.

Among the actors who passed the casting in vain, there was Chris Pratt and even Henry Cavill, which was refused – ironically. Fortunately, Cavill didn't give up hope and eventually played Superman a few years later. However, some actors, such as Jude Lawrefused the role themselves.

 'No, you can't do that' This Star Turned Down the Role of Superman After Seeing Himself in the Mirror in the Suit

Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes) explained in an interview for The Playlist's Discourse podcast that he had been approached by Bryan Singer to play Superman. “They didn't have a script, if I remember correctly. I tried on the suit and looked in the mirror. Part of me was like, 'Wow, that would be cool,' but then the next thing I knew, I was like, 'No, you can't do that,'” he reported, according to Variety. Singer's project quickly collapsed, but he was resurrected in 2006 with Superman Returns, starring Brandon Routh.