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Superman Returns (2006)
 Who was considered for Superman Returns?

Mischa Barton
Considered to play Lois Lane.
Actor who got the part: Kate Bosworth

Jason Behr
Jason Behr, of the TV Show Roswell, was reportedly one of the actors in the running to play Superman.
Actor who got the part: Brandon Routh

Selma Blair
Selma told MTV that she would love to play Lois Lane.
Actor who got the part: Kate Bosworth

Matthew Bomer
Matthew Bomer was considered for the role of Superman.
Actor who got the part: Brandon Routh

David Boreanaz
Boreanaz was turned down for the role of Superman.
Actor who got the part: Brandon Routh

Justin Bruening
Justin Bruening was up for the title role.
Actor who got the part: Brandon Routh

Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock was reportedly considered for the part of Lois Lane, when the project was in development as SUPERMAN LIVES when Robert Rodriguez was attached to direct.
Actor who got the part: Kate Bosworth

Tim Burton
When Nicolas Cage was attached to star, Tim Burton was attached to direct. Eventually, this incarnation of the project fell apart.
Actor who got the part: Bryan Singer

Nicolas Cage
When the film first entered pre-production (mid 1990's) Nicolas Cage was considered for the part of Superman.
Actor who got the part: Brandon Routh

Jim Carrey
Supposedly considered for the role of Brainiac when Tim Burton was set to direct. The script was later changed and the role was cut.

James Caviezel
James Caviezel was considered for the role of Superman, but was considered "too famous" from the Passion of the Christ.
Actor who got the part: Brandon Routh

Henry Cavill
Cavill was considered for the role of Superman.
Actor who got the part: Brandon Routh

Hayden Christensen
According to India's National Newspaper "The Hindu," Hayden Christensen was rejected for the role of Superman.
Actor who got the part: Brandon Routh

Elisha Cuthbert
Elisha Cuthbert was considered for the role of Lois Lane. Cuthbert said that she read for the part in an interview.
Actor who got the part: Kate Bosworth

Claire Danes
Claire Danes was considered for the role of Lois Lane.
Actor who got the part: Kate Bosworth

Johnny Depp
Considered for the roles of Lex Luthor and Jor-El.
Actor who got the part: Kevin Spacey, Marlon Brandon

Brendan Fraser
Brendan Fraser was considered for the lead role of Superman.
Actor who got the part: Brandon Routh

Jake Gyllenhaal
According to teenhollywood, Gyllenhaal was considered for the role of Superman.
Actor who got the part: Brandon Routh

Josh Hartnett
Hartnett was considered for the role of Superman.
Actor who got the part: Brandon Routh

Hulk Hogan
Many reports said Hogan was asked to play Doomsday when Tim Burton was set to direct. The script was changed and the role was cut.

Anthony Hopkins
Signed on to play Jor-El when Brett Ratner was directing; left the project when Ratner left.
Actor who got the part: Marlon Brando

Scarlett Johansson
Johansson was considered for the role of Lois Lane.
Actor who got the part: Kate Bosworth

Keira Knightley
Auditioned to play Lois Lane.
Actor who got the part: Kate Bosworth

Beyonce Knowles
Knowles was considered for the role of Lois Lane.
Actor who got the part: Kate Bosworth

Ashton Kutcher
Ashton Kutcher was considered for the role of Superman.
Actor who got the part: Brandon Routh

Shia LaBeouf
LaBeouf was considered for the role of Jimmy Olsen before Joseph Nichols' departure.
Actor who got the part: Sam Huntington

Hugh Laurie
Signed on for the role of Perry White and was about to shoot it before TV show House was renewed for a second season.
Actor who got the part: Frank Langella

Jude Law
Law was considered for the role of General Zod but declined and the part was cut.

Evangeline Lilly
JoBlo.com reported that Evangeline Lilly (from TV show Lost) was considered to play the role of Lois Lane, but the part later went to Kate Bosworth.
Actor who got the part: Kate Bosworth

Wentworth Miller
Wentworth Miller auditioned for the role of Superman when Bret Rattner was slated to direct. Miller did not get the part and Rattner went on work on another project. Rattner later invited Miller to audition for Prison Break (TV).
Actor who got the part: Brandon Routh

Natalie Portman
Portman was reportedly considered for the role of Lois Lane.
Actor who got the part: Kate Bosworth

Chris Rock
According to a movie fan magazine, Rock was considered for the role of Jimmy Olsen when Burton was prepping in the mid-90s.
Actor who got the part: Sam Huntington

Keri Russell
Keri Russell was the runner-up for Lois Lane.
Actor who got the part: Kate Bosworth

Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats, etc.) was attached to write the screenplay.

Ian Somerhalder
Somerhalder was turned down for the role of Superman.
Actor who got the part: Brandon Routh

Paul Walker
Walker was considered for the role of Superman.
Actor who got the part: Brandon Routh

Tom Welling
Several sources have claimed that Tom Welling was considered to be Superman.
Actor who got the part: Brandon Routh

Debra Winger
In early stages, Winger was attached to play Lois Lane.
Actor who got the part: Kate Bosworth

Billy Zane
Billy Zane was considered for the role of Lex Luthor.
Actor who got the part: Kevin Spacey



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