There was a time when "True Blood" actor Joe Manganiello was being considered for the role of Superman in Zack Snyder's upcoming reboot. That time is now past, with Henry Cavill now officially confirmed as the new Man of Steel.
The Manganiello connection is still out there though, which led the actor to explain exactly what happened during a recent interview.
"At the end of the day they wanted me to screen test and they actually asked for my measurements for the suit and everything," he told Access Hollywood. "Their shoot date switched and it would have taken up 11 weeks out of my 'True Blood' schedule."
"At the end of the day, we couldn’t get the schedule to work so that I could go off and screen test," he continued. "So, regrettably, I never got to go screen test, I never got to put the suit on."
Manganiello first confirmed his "in the running" status in January, though he chose his words at the time very carefully.
Who can say what would have been, had he been cast? No one — especially since we can't really say yet what will be, with Snyder's 2012 reboot still a ways off from release.
The cast is still coming together around Cavill even now, with Diane Lane confirmed last week for the role of Martha Kent. There's also a rumor that Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan have pegged Viggo Mortensen as a "person of interest" in their search to fill the role of the villainous Kryptonian, General Zod.
Were you disappointed that Manganiello didn't get the role? How do you feel about it now, knowing that if he had ended up with the part his place on "True Blood" might have been endangered? Let us know what you think in the comment section or on Twitter!