EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Superman Contender Anderson Davis!

MrDCUniverse has a CBM exclusive with this interview with the man who's in the news (today) as a potential Superman in Zack Snyder and Chris Nolan's The Man of Steel.

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By MrDCUniverse - 11/27/2010
Before I start I would like to say about Davis. He is a genuinely top bloke who definitely knows what he is talking about. Yes, he is a model but has been studying acting for two and a half years now and doesn't want to rush straight into it without proper training and honing his skills. He seems passionate about acting and the role of Superman. He certainly knows a lot about the character and where the character of Superman should be in 2012 and in the modern day age. He doesn't or hasn't campaigned for the role like some actors (Joe Manganiello) and didn't realise he was closely linked until now. And for a bit of trivia, he has already been doing some Superman work doing the voice over work on the DVD "All Star Superman" which he recorded in October 2010.



MrDCU: Are you looking at applying or going for the role of Superman in The Man of Steel?
Anderson:From my understanding this will be a large casting. I'm sure they will strip LA and NY clean until they have found their guy. I have a team of people keeping their eyes and ears open regarding castings start-up.

If so what do you think you can bring to the character that other actors wouldn't? Would you look to Christopher Reeve's portrayal for inspiration or go in a completely different direction?
Though I love Reeve's portrayal I would try to take it down another path, Superman is such an iconic character who has a foundation of based beliefs, keeping that foundation but not being afraid to explore the possibilities of the character would be a lot of fun. Superman was also a human, therefore he was flawed. I think to see him as a perfect being all the time just makes the character lack reality. He needs true human emotion, be a person we can relate to and that same to look up to as our hero.

How do you think Superman can be relevant to todays audience, a major stumbling block with films nowadays being based heavily on reality? In other words, how do you make a man flying in blue tights with red underpants over them appealing?
I think there are so many factors involved here obviously. But a very interesting question being that both films and Tv are suppling a large dose of reality and people love it, for whatever reason is beyond me. Simply put, you have to make a good movie with a good story, I don't think people will ever lose that desire all humans have to look up to something or worship something greater than and outside of ourselves. Superheroes strike a match on the imagination and allow us to live outside the mundane confines of our own lives through them. So I think there will always be room for a Superman there.

What would it mean to you to work with a Director like Zack Snyder?
Im a big fan of Zach' work , he a very talented guy, and really knows how to visually hit you upside the head. It would be an amazing exp. to work with him.

Who would be your preferred villain for Superman?
I would definitely have to go with doomsday and think it would draw the audience, and be a smart choice for the WB as a starting point.

The android Brainiac is reported to be making his first appearance on the big screen facing Superman along with Lex Luthor?
I'm not sure what villains making a stand this time vs. superman, but I don't think it's a long shot saying most are sick of Lex Luthor!

Well I'd like to thank Anderson for taking the time out of his schedule to answer these questions and answering questions that fans across the globe reading articles about him are thinking. I don't think they would be disappointed with his answer. He seems to know his history and exactly what should be put on screen in 2012. I wish him all the best if he gets to try out (which is likely). I certainly like his answers and has definitely made him one of my favourites to get the role. He definitely has the look I am looking for in Superman.
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LEEE777 - 11/27/2010, 10:46 AM


Damn... I like this guy already, DOOMSDAY is the way to go!!!

HELL YEAH!


I'm rusty on his acting ability but if he's good and wants DOOMSDAY I'm there man lol, maybe he could play a good Superman too?!? ; D
Ibz - 11/27/2010, 10:54 AM
wow he knows what he's talking about seems like a generally nice guy, and deserves a salute for mentioning doomsday as the villain, i dont know much about his acting skill but after this interview i wouldnt mind him trying out for the role atleast and he's unknown why the hell not but i am sure theres 100's of other candidate out there and i am GLAD WB are taking there time casting there superman they have till june next year so they should be careful they can't allow it to flop again
majinlogan - 11/27/2010, 11:22 AM
im liking this guy for superman. if he can act then why not.
LEEE777 - 11/27/2010, 11:35 AM
TAB @ Lol!
LEEE777 - 11/27/2010, 11:44 AM
Superguy1591 @ That actress was in the DC show HUMAN TARGET!

Um MICHELLE MONAHAN!



FTW!


ROUTHY FTW too heh heh! ; D
LEEE777 - 11/27/2010, 11:55 AM
Superguy1591 @ : P
dnno1 - 11/27/2010, 11:58 AM
Quote from Anderson Davis:

"Though I love Reeve's portrayal I would try to take it down another path, Superman is such an iconic character who has a foundation of based beliefs, keeping that foundation but not being afraid to explore the possibilities of the character would be a lot of fun. Superman was also a human, therefore he was flawed. I think to see him as a perfect being all the time just makes the character lack reality. He needs true human emotion, be a person we can relate to and that same to look up to as our hero..."

They tried that with Brandon Routh and we know what happened with that. Superman is near perfect and should always be that way. Make him imperfect and you get the dead beat dad, peeping Tom from Superman Returns or this:

Superman

This guy (Anderson Davis) fails as far as I am concerned.
supersteveprime18 - 11/27/2010, 12:06 PM
am i right in saying hes only 6foot 1? thats not tall enough for supes, i think you gotta be at least 6foot 3 to have a chance at playing him
LEEE777 - 11/27/2010, 12:21 PM
Superguy1591's right, hell Hollywood can make even STALLONE or CRUISE look big lol! : P

Height's never really an issue, if they can make 'em look actually what their supposed to look like!

Pity they didn't shrink Jackman a bit for Wolverine lol! : D
BetaRayB - 11/27/2010, 12:23 PM
F*CK this f*cking clown! I'm so sick of models and non-actors being touted for this role! He doesn't even look the part! He doesn't look anything at ALL like Superman! F*ck this!
supersteveprime18 - 11/27/2010, 12:36 PM
i know wat you guys are saying im just thinking about a jla movie(if it ever happens) and supes beside gl and bats i think he should kind of tower above them, plus to me i see a big difference between hemsworth and evans but maybe your right
marvelguy - 11/27/2010, 12:45 PM
Stallone is big, he's just not tall.

Just because this guy doesn't understand that Superman isn't exactly human doesn't mean much. There's a script and there's a director. If he's new, the reins will be tight.
Diodoro - 11/27/2010, 1:23 PM
I'm impressed by his knowledge of Supes, but so what. Nick Nolte was an expert on Ghost Rider - plus had more acting experience......you see where i'm going. Plus he looks more like a warrior from Athens than he does Mr. Kent. - just doesn't have the look for me. Yes to Poseidon - No to the Kryptonian. Joe Manga all the way!!!!!!!!!!
LordHuck - 11/27/2010, 1:45 PM
Can we just clone Clint Walker and have him do it?

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Amazo - 11/27/2010, 2:04 PM
Yeah! Fook it,lets just completely cgi Clint Walker and be done with it! lol
johan02 - 11/27/2010, 2:21 PM
I like this dude, and thats saying alot. I know Snyder is going for a different direction with his version of the blue boyscout and I think this Davis guy is just differnt enough to fit Snyders style while keeping close to the basic look and feel of the character. he seems to have a bit of clue what we fanboys would like, I mean lets face it most non fans dont even know half of the Superman rouges gallery cause the movies only show Luthor. at the moment I cant honestly say I have anyone in mind(I never really saw the point in dream casting)but from the few names and faces I heard are in consideration I like this Anderson Davis guy the most.
MAXQ1961 - 11/27/2010, 2:27 PM
Well if they can clone Clint Walker then better yet, clone Christopher Reeve
pollix22 - 11/27/2010, 2:41 PM
Um, studying acting for 2 and a half years and thinking you are ready to be an actor is like saying you've been taking piano lessons for a couple years and expecting to be able to play Rachmaninoff. It's a joke, F this guy.
superotherside - 11/27/2010, 2:55 PM
wow i'm liking this guy 4 superman...
Diodoro - 11/27/2010, 4:04 PM
Clint Walker +George Reeves + Chris gene splice is the way to go
Ranger14 - 11/27/2010, 6:32 PM
Superman contender? Huh? Where in the interview does it say he is a contender? He hasn't even got a call to be auditioned. Another misleading title.

Adding height is not the issue people! It's having a large physically imposing build/stature in the first place. Adding a couple inches to the heels doesn't add to your actual torso and build. ;-)

Add in the fact this guy looks less like Superman than most of the other cast of names circulating.
BLADE4040 - 11/27/2010, 6:51 PM
I think as long as the guy is taller than
90% of the cast then your good.

BULK without the belly is what you need
a guy 6ft plus 200 plus would fit the
bill nicely.

I'd say no to the model guy 9 times out
of 10 he probally cant act! I watched
the clip on utube if that's what he brings
to the table we might as well get WELLING
to stink it up!
thunderguy123 - 11/27/2010, 7:01 PM
superguy1951

no real difference between hemworth and evans i must
be looking at another photo! because in the one on this
page hemworth is towering over evans and everyone else
maybe hemworth is wearing the 3in platforms!!
carlosmagic - 11/27/2010, 7:43 PM
In Anderson' defense he hasn't campaigned for the role like a lot of actor , it has been superman fans and comic fans that have pushed this. After doing a little research the guy has been acting and doing theatre work, he has done a ton of National commercial and though I don't think he resembles the Routh, Reeve's Superman look alike , he def. has a look suitable to play the role, a bit more edgier which could be a nice change. Im assuming there will be a lot of guys being looked at for this role , many who have less experience than Davis so I personally dont care who gets the role as long as they can bring something new to it. I would say Superman does have a standard look to follow but more importantly its supes beliefs that make him Superman , not his looks.
LP4 - 11/27/2010, 11:33 PM
@MAXQ1961- You want them to clone Christopher Reeve for the reboot???

If anything they need to keep anything reminiscent of Reeve OUT of this new film. Look I respect Reeve as a great Superman...in the 80's. I don't however connect with his Superman AT ALL and I feel we need a Superman for THIS generation.

I don't want them casting another douchebag due to his "eerie resemblance to Chris Reeve" I don't want ANYTHING of Reeve in this film. It needs to stand on its own two feet much like- "Batman Begins" did for Batman.

What I don't understand is why people always have to treat Superman so much more "handicapped" than Batman or GL. When I use the word "handicapped" i mean damn- Superman is the only one of the 3 NOT allowed to ever fight a villain. He is also the only one of the 3 who is permanently nailed to ONE actor- Reeve. Batman wasn't nailed to Keaton or any of the others. GL had the fortune of not having a film or solid actor until just now so he doesn't have the type of handicap that Superman must deal with. Supes deserves better than he's gotten. He's the greatest of those 3 and as such he deserves the greatest film. He needs a villain this time...a REAL villain. And he needs to finally be allowed to fight. Give him a descent story and make the audience connect and feel more for him.

Superman shouldn't be such a difficult character to adapt a film for.

oh and @Ajax- I don't think Routh will be getting an audition either ya know =P just saying.
DDD - 11/28/2010, 2:02 AM
Exactly Ranger@!
Clark Kent/Superman needs to be a beefy actor,
one with the thick v-shaped muscular build.
You can't add raw muscle with shoe-lifts!

Joe Manganiello is actually a very excellent
choice for Superman, I've come to believe.
He also would make a very good Batman if he was
paired up with someone like Daniel Cudmore who
is 6'7"!

Now that would make a great duo, Joe Mags (6'5")
as Batman and Daniel Cudmore (6'7") as Clark!

Now that's what I call a REAL DYNAMIC DUO! LOL


Diodoro - 11/28/2010, 4:07 AM
@BaneKill77 - yes my brother, Ur absolutely right.Forgive me but i tend to get excited. Nolte can play Perry White. lol
Nerdman3000 - 11/28/2010, 7:15 AM
I think we found the one, I say Anderson Davis for Superman! Serouisly, he really might be the one, I hope he gets the role.
Betty - 11/28/2010, 8:51 AM
This Davis guy DOES look more like a villain. Like a villain in a Charlize Theron psycological thriller, some kind of crazed abusive husband or something.

As for Louis they ALWAYS choose someone REALLY irritating. The only Louis I came close to liking was the first Louis, whatsherface. They never get her right from the comics, calm, cool, strong.
carlosmagic - 11/28/2010, 10:39 AM
The more i find on Anderson, the more i like him for supey!!! I think he has various looks which is a great thing for an actor, tell me he looks like a villian here @betty...;)

thunderguy123 - 11/28/2010, 11:20 AM
DDD

still giving you the caps because you da man
on the fancast along with a few other lol.
even so i dont agree with your wanting a
6'7 superman and a 6'5 batman waaay tooo
tall. those characters should be 6'1-6'4
tops over 200lbs and look big in their
costumes especially superman.

to any and all davis lovers,

the model pretty boy probally only wgts
190lbs top at about 6'2 now yea he's ripped
but superman doesnt walk around with his shirt
off. the guy needs to look big in clothes
and he doesnt so i say he's all wrong for
what most of us want from superman. we want
a strongly built man's man not some leaned out
pretty boy who cant put together two good lines.

you need a seasoned actor to handle both clark and
superman that's why welling misses the mark so
bad he's a good clark but not so good playing
the blur. cant call him superman because he
hasnt attempted the role.

also i could care less about pretty boy's knowledge
of superman! we all have that same knowledge and then
some should we all get casted because of that knowledge?
im sure there's atleast 10 guys on this site with the
right look and size for the part they probally just
cant act..like pretty boy! get a
seasoned theater unknown actor or someone who's not high profile
but has some film credits under their belt that's
right on the edge of stardom!!
magicman01 - 11/28/2010, 6:05 PM
Anderson Davis looks like Superman/Clark Kent. I don't care what some fan boys think. The guy can act. Check out the short movie he is in, "just cops."

Furthermore, we need something different. Brandon Routh was hired previously because he looked like Christopher Reeve, Superman Returns sucked, must we revisit this topic.

Anderson Davis is built, this gives realism to the notion that he has very dense muscular bone tissues.


Thunderguy you said, "the model pretty boy probally only wgts 190lbs top at about 6'2 now yea he's ripped
but superman doesnt walk around with his shirt
off"

But, consider the fact that Arnold Schwarzenegger is 6'0 and always seems to tower over his villans in any action packed movie he has been in. It's silly to make an issue of height here.

Superman does where a spandex like suit--being ripped would add to the realism of the character.

I do want to check out Anderson Davis voice over work in the all star superman documentary. Andy has my endorsement!
TheDetectiveComicRises - 11/28/2010, 7:04 PM
This guy Anderson Davis would be a good choice I like the way he knows his Superman material reminds me of how Christian Bale preped for Batman even b4 begins came out, I like the Doomsday thought, I think may they should start or at sometime do a Darkseid Apacalyspe story line couple sequels lined up, but if they really want to start things out start with Lex not breaking out of jail (tired of that) but show Lex's billionair life style hav him meet John Corbin who becomes Metallo and Lex can pay for Corbin's surgery making him Metallo and he feels he owes lex so he goes after Superman. Other good villians, Berzaro make him like the Smallville Berzaro (new modern day version), the Parasite, but stories such as Doomsday or Darksied would draw in the biggest crowd. WHat ever Superman stories are done in the future Superman should not ever be totally dark that is more of Batman style but Superman should be edgy sort of a Badass, U can see him walking thru smoke with red eyes, WB & DC stick 2 the novels U will always have a Superman hit, bottomline Superman deserves to be better on the biggest stage which is movies, Brainiac is a good villian but I just don't see alot coming from him in a film but I could be wrong. DC is headed in the right direction wit Batman, Superman & Green Lantern. Flash and Green Arrow are to follow with their films as 4 Wonder Woman, she can be a sucess because she is the most famous woman in comics history and not even Marvel has a standalone female like her, Wonder Woman needs sort of a 300-like look and feel warrior style also liek Gladitor. I hope WB & DC has plans for Captain Marvel, Teen Titans, Aquaman, Lobo and others. These are all big enuff characters to bring out around the Summer and Christmas Holiday season which are the two biggest times at the box office. Smaller characters like Starman should be brought out during a slower time of the year, people will go see. People listen DC has put other decent films out their such as Swamp Thing, Constatine, V for Vendetta, Watchmen, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (even thou it can out with FOX), and in 2010 they had three films The Losers, Johna Hex, and Red, Red is still doing well in box maybe becuz of its stars but it is a good film. Look Im not saying that these films were the greatest but they were decent and the future of DC looks bright and as long as they don't rush and not compete with Marvel(not saying they can't) I am jsut saying be the best DC you can be and make great movies 4 the fans DC Comics will be bigger and better than ever, I truly know and believe it and one day even if it is 10 years from now a Justice League movie will be and can be made, because they are presenting the bigger DC characters now with individual movies and all do respect to any other comic group but every 1 know that the Justice League is the greatest group ever assembled, let do it DC!
Ibz - 11/28/2010, 7:23 PM
weather you want him as superman or not but you have to say the guy knows what he's talking about the fans want a epic fight and it dosent get more epic the doomsday vs superman
thunderguy123 - 11/28/2010, 7:26 PM
magicman

brandon routh is as ripped as this guy davis
and out wgts him by 20plus pounds!! alot
of fanboys thought he(routh) was too small and ripped
doesnt show up thru the the spandex bulk does!!

arnold isnt 6'0" he's 6'2" and im sorry for a
character like superman hgt does matter. nobody
wants to see a 5'8" guy get the role of superman
stop kidding yourself!!

if you read my comment carefully you'd know it wasnt
about hgt, but size.. lean doesnt carry over well in the
spandex bulk does!!
thunderguy123 - 11/28/2010, 7:53 PM
cbegin09

your kidding right about dc and their movies?
i like dc also but the movies you listed
for the most part sucked monkey nuts!!

swamp thing-sucked!!
v for vendetta-sucked hard!!!
watchmen-so so
league of exordinary gents-sucked bigtime!!!!
j.hex-need i say it..sucked one of the worst
cbm's since batman n robin!!!!!

what's with the davis guy really knows superman
so yea let's cast him. come on who doesnt know
who and what superman is about? i think you need
a little more than that to get the role the guy
isnt qualified period!! he's done a few commerical
and some two-bit utube crap..boy we've really drop
the standard for who should play supes oh i forgot he
he really knows want the fans want to see ..a fight
between superman and doomsday!! hit up a
couple fanboy sites for an hour or two the average joe blow would
know that.. besides you guys want him for supes or the
director lol.
breakUbatman - 11/28/2010, 11:50 PM
I dont think he has the look
RyKnow - 11/29/2010, 1:42 AM
It sounds like this guy has been reading comments from websites like this and just saying what he thinks people want to hear; "Doomsday" and "enough Lex Luthor" etc. He might aswell walk round in a t-shirt saying "please let me play Superman, please". He sounds like a fake kind of guy to me.

The thing is, they're trying to reboot the series, then this guy turns up and basically wants Superman to get killed off. He's lost my vote.


TheDetectiveComicRises - 11/29/2010, 1:11 PM
Hey "thunderguy123" b4 U comment 2 much do this "MAKE UR OWN MOVIES B4 U KNOCK ANYONE ELSES!" lol!I senses FEAR on alot of U bcuz DC is finally headed in the right direction, like I said those past movies were not the best but they were ok, but all jokes aside I respect ur opinions but I do have my own :)
SickOfLuthor - 12/1/2010, 8:41 PM
"Though I love Reeve's portrayal I would try to take it down another path, Superman is such an iconic character who has a foundation of based beliefs, keeping that foundation but not being afraid to explore the possibilities of the character would be a lot of fun. Superman was also a human, therefore he was flawed."


Huh ?!!! I don't recall Jor-El, or Supermans' Mother having any human in them what so ever !

Where does Davis, get this idea that Superman was also human ? That is completely misfactual !

I suppose, yet AGAIN, the villain in the next Superman flick has just got to be... hhmmm, let me guess, Lex Luthor, yet AGAIN ?!

Why even bother making another movie. And if it is made, why not name it "Luthor 6" ? It's like making every Batman movie, with the Joker. DULL, DULL, DULL, PREDICTABLE, AND DULL, DULL, DULL !!!

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