If you’re going to play an iconic superhero like Superman, you have to wear the costume. It’s as simple as that. Some actors don’t mind it, but Jude Law just couldn’t overcome his spandex issues when he was offered the chance to portray the Man of Steel in Bryan Singer’s 2006 Superman Returns.
During an appearance on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show on Tuesday, Law revealed he was approached to play Superman.
“At the time it just didn’t float my boat,” Law said. “I just didn’t really want to go there. I’m an Englishman and it just didn’t seem to fit. I was really worried about the outfit and I just didn’t fancy it.”
Apparently Singer, in an attempt to change Law’s mind, said the suit had been ‘revamped’ for extra comfort and sent it to Law’s hotel room for him to put it on.
Law revealed that he struggled to even get the damn thing on and said he didn’t like how he looked in it.
“I’m stood there and then I have this picture of me in that costume on posters all around the world and I was like ‘No way!’ and I unzipped it. I was Superman for two minutes. That’s enough!”
Law was out, with the role eventually going to Brandon Routh – who subsequently didn’t return after the film received a mixed critical reception.
Henry Cavill, of course, took on the role for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and returned in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He will also reprise the role for the upcoming Justice League movies.