Jude Law is many things to many people and has had one of the more diverse careers of anyone in his generation. He has been and still is a serious stage presence, an Oscar-nominated screen star and a heartthrob that can get millions of hearts racing. But one thing that Law has not been is a superhero, and that was by choice. Believe it or not, he could have been Superman if he wanted to be. Well, that and a few other things had to fall into place.
Law is promoting his stellar work in the submarine thriller Black Sea (more on that from Movie Fanatic soon), and he was speaking to MTV where the subject of his potential involvement in a Superman project came up.
It seems that Law was offered the part of Clark Kent/Superman for a Brett Ratner (Tower Heist) Superman movie that was set to shoot before Bryan Singer ever tackled Superman Returns.
Law grew up a huge comic book fan and as any actor who had a similar upbringing felt, the chance to don the costume and play one of their childhood heroes had to be all too enticing. Ratner knew that Law was interested and even got the UK actor to try on the suit, cape and all!
"It is an amazing costume. My chest pops up and the music comes on,” Law told MTV.
“That was it. I got it out of my system. I took it off, put it in the bag, and was like, ‘I’m not going to do it.’ I saw myself. No need for the rest of the world to see me."
Given that Law made a conscious choice recently to not take dashing leading man parts and that has paid off handsomely as he has had a string of incredibly solid and insightful roles, the man clearly knew what he was doing when he told Ratner “no.”
"I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life being that guy who played Superman."
We’ve always liked Law. Now, we like him even more. Check him out in Black Sea in theaters everywhere January 30.
You know Superman is one of our favorite characters, so check out what we’ve got photo-wise so far from the next film in that canon, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, in the photo gallery below.
And now that you've got Superman on the brain, why not watch Man of Steel online!