Joe Manganiello Says "It's A Matter Of When" For A Comic Book Superhero Role

While promoting Magic Mike, actor Joe Manganiello took a few moments to discuss his pursuit for a comic book superhero role. Any suggestions?

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By Mark Julian - 6/25/2012
Joe Manganiello came very, very close to portraying Superman in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. At one point, he was the actual front-runner. Unfortunately, his contract for HBO's True Blood kept him out of the final round of competition with eventual winner, Henry Cavill. While dissapointing surely, that isn't keeping Manganiello from pursuing roles in the genre---

"My schedule on 'True Blood' has kept me from the big action movies. There's been serious interest in me for big action pictures, and we can't fit them into my hiatus from the series. I have a contract. I can't walk away from it. And I wouldn't want to. But for a kid who grew up loving action pictures and comic books, that move seems like a no-brainer. Since graduating from a classical theater school, I've consciously tried to turn myself into the kind of adult actor who would make the sort of comic book superhero that I would have wanted to see when I was a kid. I hope that happens, someday. It's just a matter of when it comes up and what it is."

I honestly have to look at this and feel a little disappointed in the True Blood executive team that prevented Joe from pursuing the role. Sure a contract is binding but actors who have good relationships with their showrunners have been temporarily (sometimes permanently) written out of shows so that they can further their careers. And honestly, if he had won the role and then come back, it could've only boosted the profile of the fading show. Oh well, Cavill will be fine as Superman and I'm sure Manganiello will indeed get his shot with a comic book character one day. Of course he's already played Flash Thompson in Spider-Man and Spider-Man 3 but I think he deserves a shot at a title character. The question is which one?



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FightAs0ne - 6/25/2012, 12:21 PM
Joe Manganiello's next role?
ManofSteel23 - 6/25/2012, 12:25 PM
superman doesnt have a dodgy nose so...go cavill
ftoons - 6/25/2012, 12:26 PM
punisher?
Durf - 6/25/2012, 12:26 PM
Yeah sounds a little messed up that they won't let him do some movies. As for which character, not really sure.
Durf - 6/25/2012, 12:27 PM
@ftoons: ah, maybe. He might not be bad as Castle
JatevinM - 6/25/2012, 12:27 PM
He should've been Superman
OdinsBeard - 6/25/2012, 12:27 PM
he was already flash .. too late!

haha no jk he would make an excellent hero in a movie.
Fogs - 6/25/2012, 12:29 PM
nova
DarthTesla - 6/25/2012, 12:31 PM
LOBO!
TheNix79 - 6/25/2012, 12:31 PM
Rumor has it, DC wants to reboot Batman in 2015 to segway into a JLA film. Perhaps the Caped Crusader would be a good fit for him.
dirtygymsocks - 6/25/2012, 12:31 PM
I say Wonder Man.
rmorbid - 6/25/2012, 12:32 PM
Shazam
skidz - 6/25/2012, 12:33 PM
Wonderman.
Zombie137 - 6/25/2012, 12:33 PM
He is in perfect shape, Its ridiculous. I could see him playing Frank Castle in a awesome Daredevil/Punisher movie. Hopefully that could happen.
dirtygymsocks - 6/25/2012, 12:34 PM
@ jwsmith85 If we get another actor for Wolverine he needs to be short and needs to not look like a model.
Spartan11 - 6/25/2012, 12:35 PM
Solomon Grundy
ElBicho - 6/25/2012, 12:35 PM
Namor! All day!
TheAmazingSlade - 6/25/2012, 12:35 PM
He would be great as Batman or Hawkman in a Justice League movie.
dirtygymsocks - 6/25/2012, 12:36 PM
Yes...yes he is perfect lmao
skidz - 6/25/2012, 12:36 PM
@batlizzard11: Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) seems more appropriate for Dr. Strange.
Dynamo - 6/25/2012, 12:36 PM
He'd have made a great Superman IMO. But Cavill will do great too. Captain Atom maybe?
xizorkatarn - 6/25/2012, 12:37 PM
Marvel's Hercules, in the vein of Thor.
TheSpyderSting - 6/25/2012, 12:37 PM
Nova would be pretty dope, maybe Moon Knight?
OptimusPrime114 - 6/25/2012, 12:39 PM
Hercules in either Thor 2 or an Avengers sequel.
Seejay - 6/25/2012, 12:41 PM

Hercules

(Marvel)
Catdaddy25 - 6/25/2012, 12:41 PM


Is it me or I cant believe this dude played flash thompson in spiderman! he looks sooo different like an entirely different person! i didnt clock itt at first then when i found out, I almost had to do a double take lol.
He looks great thouh like hes really matured!
skidz - 6/25/2012, 12:41 PM
Binding contracts are STUPID.
FightAs0ne - 6/25/2012, 12:42 PM
@blackandyellow *Looks at self in mirror and walks away slowly and sadly*
THELOWE - 6/25/2012, 12:43 PM
mark millar's superior
Deadpool101 - 6/25/2012, 12:43 PM
nova please he might be too old though, how bout black bolt!!
Deadpool101 - 6/25/2012, 12:43 PM
yeah black bolt is my top
Seejay - 6/25/2012, 12:43 PM


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BabyAddams - 6/25/2012, 12:44 PM
Why does someone always post the most obscure, unlikely character on posts like these? I can't see a Solomon Grundy film being made, and since The Punisher t.v show got scrapped I doubt they'll make another film, and he is not Batman... I can see him as Dr Strange, I desperately want that film to happen!
gnosis31 - 6/25/2012, 12:44 PM
when was he in Spider-Man 3?
RunDTC - 6/25/2012, 12:47 PM
as long as he's not Batman, I don't care.
BabyAddams - 6/25/2012, 12:48 PM
I don't see him as Superior, but I can't wait for that to be filmed.
TheGodOfMischief - 6/25/2012, 12:48 PM
Carter Hall aka Hawk-Man! Solo movie set up for JL movie!.... I wish
Durf - 6/25/2012, 12:48 PM
Good suggestions all around

@Nomis: Yeah, I could see him as Daredevil possibly
THELOWE - 6/25/2012, 12:51 PM
i think he would look good as Superior he cleans up well and he could play the old actor with a bit more gray hair
GodzillaKart - 6/25/2012, 12:52 PM
Can he act? He is actually too big to play Dr. Strange. I like the Hercules idea, and maybe Namor.

Benedict Cumberbatch for Dr. Strange!
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