‘Superman’ Casting Rumors Target Dwayne Johnson, John Cena & ‘True Blood’ Actor Joe Manganiello

With Armie Hammer reportedly out of the running and the jury still out on Jon Hamm’s potential, the rumored casting pool for director Zack Snyder’s “Superman” relaunch is surprisingly thin — though three new names, however unlikely, have just joined the mix.

Examiner reports that wrestling icons Dwayne Johnson and John Cena are two of the front runners to fill out Clark Kent’s shoes for Snyder’s upcoming film. But without any other official word, it’s more than likely that these rumors are just that — rumors.

But there’s another rumor that has at least a little bit more weight: “True Blood” actor Joe Manganiello is reportedly a contender for Superman, according to a pretty reliable source… himself!

The actor supposedly spilled the beans that he’s in contention for the “Superman” reboot during an appearance at EyeCon in Florida this past weekend, according to True-Blood.net. But Manganiello quickly took to his Twitter account to dispel the rumors, saying that he’s not in negotiations for the part, even if his interest in the character is quite apparent.

“Just to be clear… as of today, I am not ’negotiating’ to play Superman,” he wrote. “But keep your fingers crossed and thanks for the wishful thinking!”

Although Manganiello might be the likeliest contender of the three most recently mentioned actors, it’s still premature to consider him the frontrunner for our next Man of Steel. Keep it locked into Splash Page as more casting news and rumors emerge on the “Superman” front.

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