CASTING CALL: Will Smith As Superman

Welcome to another installment of Casting Call, where I present a new fancast for a certain character each week and hope you agree with me. This week I turn my attention to America’s favourite superhero, Superman. Now, I think I may get some hate for this, but bare with me. This wasn’t actually an idea that originated from me, but rather our Editor-In-Chief, Steve Lemlek.


Will Smith… the world’s most famous actor playing the world’s most famous superhero. Sounds good to me. Obviously there would be a lot of controversy and disputes over Supe’s ethnic heritage amongst fans if this was to ever happen, and probably won’t given the fact that Henry Cavill is the new Superman, but he won’t be forever. We already know that Will Smith has the chops to play Clark Kent, and could make him a really inspiring character.  In fact, he was offered the role in Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns, but ultimately turned it down.  Here’s what he had to say (via MTV):

“There is no way I’m playing Superman!’ Because I had already done Jim West [of 'Wild Wild West'], and you can’t be messing up white people’s heroes in Hollywood! You mess up white people’s heroes in Hollywood, you’ll never work in this town again!”


Henry Cavill. If you don’t know why please leave this website.


Here’s a fan manip of Smith as Superman we found while surfing the net earlier. Check it out below:

will smith superman CASTING CALL: Will Smith As Superman

Do I think Will Smith playing Superman is likely? No. Do I think it would be interesting and cool to see? Yes. Will Smith, despite what seedy secrets he’s hidden, is the quintessential “good guy”… and he also happens to be a badass.  That combination is perfect for Supes!

Stay tuned to UTF for more installments in Casting Call, and you can read my previous article about Ewan McGregor as Hank Pym HERE.

Do you think Will Smith is a good choice for Superman? Share your thoughts below.

S#!T Talking Central

  • J

    He could play upturn ate earth superman a turned in the new 52 would interesting seeing supermans full potential although I think that’s a role for densel

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15935803 Fats Mclemlich

      Definitely could see that happening.

      Don’t think Densel would make a good Sueprman though. As far as heroes go, he’s more of a Batman type to me.

  • Sonny Crockett

    Some things you don’t mess with. Would anyone make a movie about Frederick Douglas or Martin Luthor King and have Tom Cruise star as either? Superman isn’t real, I know…..but he is as iconic as they come, and you don’t you don’t change the ideal of the vision of the creators….

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15935803 Fats Mclemlich

      I used to be in the same boat as you. I thought changing the skin tone of the characters was a stupid gimick, but it really isn’t. It’s about the best actor for the role.

      Superman’s whiteness isn’t fundamental to his character. His race (or european heritage) doesn’t play a huge role in his upbringing, like Matt Murdockfor Daredevil. I think Will Smith would make a great candidate

      • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

        you are sadly mistaken
        Superman is ICONIC . You dont mess with that.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15935803 Fats Mclemlich

          Superman is iconic. Definitely agreed on that.

          Don’t think his ethnic heritage defines him. And I don’t think his particular “look” is dependent on his white complexion.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.handibode Joseph Handibode

        LOL say that about After Earth. Will Smith is not good actor and neither is his kid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

    the very idea of Will playing Superman makes my stomach turn. Hasnt he ruined enough movies?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15935803 Fats Mclemlich

      What movies has he ruined?!??!!?? He is the most pleasant part of most movies he shows up in

  • http://www.facebook.com/johnlennonrobertson John L Robertson


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003849631162 Marc Suckerberg

    Oh how about Hugh Jackman as “Luke Cage” or maybe Christian Bale as “Black Panther”. Jesus Christ….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003849631162 Marc Suckerberg

    he already played a superman type character in that movie “hancock”
    and boy that was some bullshit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.balthazard Jay Balthazard

    Oh wow, I’ve read some of the comments that were posted and it sucks how the world looks at it through a racial point of view, lol Tom Cruise The Last Samurai, Brad Pitt The Mexican and I wouldnt be surprised if this was in the works, Tom Hank The Last Nigga on Earth, sigh… Times are changing and so is the earth and the people, hopefully the race thing change too

    • Jordan Herkowski

      You obviously did not see The Last Samurai or The Mexican, the titles are not references to the main character’s race.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brando-Lars/581645069 Brando Lars

    Didn’t he already do a Superman movie… It was called Hancock.

  • Leprechaun

    he can be Meteor Man…

  • http://www.facebook.com/artison.painter Artison Painter

    Just like Tarzancnonl be played by a white guy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.handibode Joseph Handibode

    Hell no. I would not watch Superman if it was played by African American. He was white character keep him white. Just like if they made Spawn, Steel or any black character white I would be upset. You don’t change essentials just to cater to some. You keep characters the way they were made or don’t try it. How about something different like create a black hero from new ideas, wait Hollywood can’t come up with them? Its not too hard for a black writer to create a new hero of African American heritage.

  • Harley Alderson

    if blacks want a super hero then draw create your own quit trying to change already established charachters thats really stupid when you do that. same with gays you want a gay super hero create your own dont change green lantern and turn him gay its lame the creators of these charachters made them the way they are for a reason

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