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Michael B. Jordan is the Clear Favorite to Be the Next Superman

Don Aguero

by Don Aguero in Entertainment

Updated Apr 3, 2020 · 6:33 AM PDT

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Bookmakers think Michael B. Jordan could be the next Man of Steel. Photo by Gage Skidmore (Wikimedia Commons) [CC License]
  • Henry Cavill and Warner Bros are going their separate ways — the Superman role is open
  • Michael B. Jordan is the clear favorite to take his place
  • Who will take Cavill’s place as the Man of Steel?

Henry Cavill is done wearing his underwear outside of his pants. The Superman actor, who has starred in the role since Man of Steel (2013), is ditching the spandex and hanging up his cape.

Talks broke down between Cavill and Warner Bros, and now the search is on for a new Clark Kent. The Man of Steel holds a diminishing role in the DC universe, but there are still plans to have him cameo in a few upcoming flicks, like Shazam and an unnamed Supergirl movie. It’ll be at least a few years before Warner’s considers another solo Superman film.

The door is wide open. Some of the options being considered are quite bold, some are pretty conventional, and others are downright terrible.


Who Will Be the Next Superman?

Who Will Be Cast as the Next Superman? Odds
Michael B. Jordan +125
Armie Hammer +350
Idris Elba +600
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson +900
Tyler Hoechlin +900
Henry Golding +1000
Ryan Gosling +1000
Mark Wahlberg +1200
Benjamin Walker +1600
Nicholas Cage +3300
Ben Affleck +5000
Will Smith +5000

Michael B. Jordan (+125) is the clear frontrunner and he’s facing some seriously short odds. He entered the Marvel cinematic universe as Killmonger, the villain in Black Panther, and arguably overshadowed Chadwick Boseman. Casting a black superman would be a huge break from tradition, but that may just be what the tired superhero genre needs.

Armie Hammer (+350) is second on the list and represents the safe pick for Warner Bros. He’ll be able to pick up where Cavill left off without causing much of a stir. And speaking of safe picks, Tyler Hoechlin (+900), who played Superman on the Supergirl TV show, is also a name to consider. So is Ben Affleck (+5000), who is walking away from the Batman role but may still want to ride the superhero gravy train.

Some of the options being considered are quite bold, some are pretty conventional, and others are  downright terrible.

Idris Elba (+600) and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (+900) have made the list, but at 46 years old, they’re both a little on the older side. Same goes for Will Smith, who is brushing up against 50.

Then there’s Nicholas Cage (+3300), who would make a ridiculously bad (read: hilariously good) Superman. It’ll never happen because Warner Bros. hates all that is good, but we can still dream.

Ryan Gosling Represents the Best Value

Casting Ryan Gosling would be a nice shift for Superman, who has become a little stale over the years. As other franchises changed and adapted to the times, Superman clung onto the generic superhero mold. Gosling would help Warner Bros break free from that without causing any controversy.

He’s also a household name and a massive pull at the box office. At +1000, he offers the best value out of the bunch.

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