When George Reeves began the TV series 'Adventures of Superman' he was 37 years old, and he continued playing the role of Clark Kent/Superman into his mid-40s before the show was canceled. But in the fifty years since, the DC Comics character has been more associated with younger actors, particularly through the more recent success of another TV adaptation, 'Smallville.' That said, people are once again spreading the two-month-old rumor that Warner Bros. seriously wants Jon Hammto star in the studio's next 'Superman' reboot. The 'Mad Men' actor is going to be 40 next March, but should that matter if he's otherwise perfect for the part?

Some have noted that other recent comic book movies feature 40-something leads, such as 'Iron Man' (Robert Downey Jr.) and 'Wolverine' (Hugh Jackman). And well, if Superman could be a teenager in 'Smallville,' why couldn't he be closer to middle age at some other point? Maybe Hamm couldn't do the origin story and portray the character upon his arrival in Metropolis, but if producer Christopher Nolan and screenwriter David Goyer are interested in just jumping into the Superman story well into his life and prominence as the Man of Steel, that is fine. Just try to get the image out of your head of Hamm as Don Draper suffering through a single lap in the pool the other night -- even if Superman drank and smoked like a '60s adman, he wouldn't have such health issues.
I seriously doubt that Hamm is or will be the top choice for the next 'Superman' film. His name has been tossed about as wishful suggestion for more than two years, ever since he broke out with his hit AMC series. And after he portrayed Superman villain Lex Luthor in a Funny or Die sketch, people have thought more and more about him doing the reverse role. But other than a slight Clark Kent-like stint on '30 Rock' (side note: is Tina Fey too old for Lois Lane?), we don't have much reason to believe he's the best fit. We just know he's handsome and talented. I think people are just afraid of other alternatives, like the studio calling for a hot young up-and-comer who'll be rather bland as the icon. But those of you who've seen 'Chuck,' would also-considered actor Zachary Levi be okay?

Perhaps we'll have a better idea after seeing Hamm in one of his first major film roles, in 'The Town,' which opens this week.

What do you think? Can the new revamped 'Superman' movie include an older Man of Steel?
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