Actor Superman Man Steel
Over the years, a number of talented actors have had the opportunity to portray the Man of Steel. Whether you rally behind Christopher Reeve, George Reeves, or Tom Welling, or are just holding out for The Man of Steel‘s Henry Cavill to save you, the debate over the best live-action Superman is nothing compared to the debates Superman die-hards get into over who is the quintessential voice of Superman. For anyone who counted the days between episodes of Superman: The Animated Series, Tim Daly is probably the Supe-du-jor-el, but the fans who got lassoed in by Justice League Unlimited, George Newbern is the Last Son of Krypton. (Nerdist Note: Newbern is also the voice actor behind Final Fantasy‘s Sephiroth.)
Over the years, the voice casting of Clark Kent has gone back and forth between Daly and Newbern, with a few others mixed in for one off projects. While Newbern may be featured as two Supermen in the recent DC fighting game Daly has gotten some of the choice jobs for Superman like Superman/Batman: Apocalypse and Justice League: Doom. (Nerdist Note: Daly showed his love for the character on he and his son’s web series The Daly Show. They even let Nathan Fillion get in on the action.)
With Superman Unbound, out Tuesday, the powers that be have chosen someone new to provide the baritone country boy his pipes, though it’s not someone unfamiliar to Superman fans. Matt Bomer may be known more for his role as smooth criminal Neal Caffery in White Collar or for his abs in Magic Mike, but during the period of time Brett Ratner was working up a reboot of Superman, he was known as he who would wear the tights. (Nerdist Note: After Ratner left the project, Bryan Singer did audition Bomer for what would be come Superman Returns.)
In the latest DC animated feature, Andrea Romano had to find an actor who could both lend credence to the tension of the action and has a voice that would be able to convey a very different side of Superman. Unbound, based on Geoff Johns’ “Brainiac” storyline, heavily focuses on the relationships Clark has with Lois Lane and his cousin, Supergirl. Romano found that balance with Matt Bomer. A self-professed Superman fan, Bomer has an enthusiasm for the material that made it almost an inevitability that he would finally get his crack at the character.