Friday, August 13, 2004

From Jesus to Superman?

This report from Rediff Entertainment Bureau suggests that Jim Caviezel, who played Jesus in The Passion of the Christ is now in the running to play Superman:

Caviezel, Fraser, Law in running to play Superman
rediff Entertainment Bureau | August 12, 2004 10:53 IST
Jim Caviezel may play another superman.

After playing Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson's smash hit, The Passion of the Christ, the devout Catholic is the frontrunner to play Clark Kent, the mild mannered reporter for The Daily Planet.

Of course, as everyone on this planet knows, when evil beckons, when trouble is on the horizon, Mr Kent metamorphoses into 'Look up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it is Superman!'

Bryan Singer, who directed both the cult classic The Usual Suspects as well as the X-Men series, will champion the latest version of the classic comic superhero.
I am tempted to go into reflections on other characters who have appeared in both Superman films and Jesus films, but I'll resist for now.

Update (18 August): From the Seattle Times, Up, up and away in search of a Man of Steel (Anthony Breznican, The Associated Press),
No superhero fits the literary Christ motif as neatly as Superman, so it's no surprise the soulful, buff and blue-eyed Caviezel is one of the fan favorites to answer a question that has perplexed Hollywood for decades: "Who can play Superman?"

Caviezel's manager, Beverly Dean, is familiar with the rumor, but calls it speculation.

"Would he like to do it? He loves Superman," she said of the actor who grew up in Mount Vernon. "But the truth is there has been no offer (and) the script isn't even finished. But absolutely he'd be interested."

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