Colton Haynes Nominates Matt Bomer to Be the Next Superman

The casting suggestion follows reports that Henry Cavill is hanging up his cape.

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s an openly gay Superman?

Following reports this week that Henry Cavill will no longer be playing Superman in the DC Extended Universe, fans have been geeking out over which Hollywood hunk should fill those iconic tights next.

Cavill’s three DC movies—Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League—have grossed nearly $2.2 billion at the global box office, and Warner Bros. released a statement that it has “made no current decisions regarding any upcoming Superman films.” Cavill even posted a cryptic Instagram post suggesting he may not be hanging up his cape just yet.

Even so, while rumors swirl faster than a speeding bullet that Black Panther’s Michael B. Jordan is being considered to take over the coveted role, out Arrow and Teen Wolf heartthrob Colton Haynes hopes producers go in a different direction.

“Wouldn’t it be really incredible to see an out gay actor cast as Superman?” Haynes tweeted, adding that Matt Bomer “has my vote!”

Haynes’ casting suggestion comes shortly after Kit Harington called out a lack of representation in superhero films. “There’s a big problem with masculinity and homosexuality that they can’t somehow go hand in hand,” said the Game of Thrones star. “That we can’t have someone in a Marvel movie who’s gay in real life and plays some superhero. I mean, when is that gonna happen?”

Bomer actually revealed in a 2015 interview that he’d been briefly cast as Superman more than a decade ago in a project that developed into 2006’s Superman Returns, but it ultimately fell through.

“I have zero regrets about that, I feel like I’ve gotten to do such a rich array of roles in so many different things and I haven’t been too locked in,” the Magic Mike star said. “I mean that’s a very iconic role to portray, to suddenly be that character in everyone’s minds forever.”

Bomer did later play Superman in a 2009 Japanese commercial for Toyota Prius. He also voiced the character in the 2013 direct-to-video animated movie Superman: Unbound.

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The 40-year-old actor, who headlined USA’s White Collar for six seasons, earned an Emmy nomination and Golden Globe Award for his performance in HBO’s The Normal Heart. He recently ended his run in the hit Broadway revival of the groundbreaking gay drama The Boys in the Band.

Bomer is raising three sons with his husband, Hollywood publicist Simon Halls.

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