Many actors have come close to being cast as one of Marvel or DC's cinematic superheroes, and Jude Law has come out on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert stating he turned down a chance to play DC's Superman -- because of the costume. The British actor said Bryan Singer offered him the role for 2006's Superman Returns, and it only ended up as Brandon Routh after he turned down the part.
“I’m an Englishman and, I don’t know, it just didn’t seem to fit [the role]. I was always worried about the outfit. I just didn’t fancy it,” said Law.
Singer apparently went so far as to send over Warner Bros. planned Superman suit so the actor could try it on, which he did - then promptly kicked off.
"I take the suit into the bathroom and I’m putting it on and I look around and I look in the mirror and suddenly I’m Superman. And the music kind of comes in," Law said. "Then I have this picture of me in that costume in posters all over the world and I was like, ‘No way!’ And I unzipped it. But I was Superman for two minutes, that was enough.”
Watch the full interview segment here:
The only comic book-based film Law has ever appeared in was 2002's Road to Perdition.