Jude Law, 51, reveals he turned DOWN  the opportunity to play Superman in a Hollywood film after trying on the Caped Crusader’s iconic suit

Jude Law has revealed that he was offered the role of Superman but turned it down as he felt as it was ‘a step too far’.

The DC Comics superhero has been played by fellow Englishman Henry Cavill since 2013’s Man Of Steel.

Jude, 51, told The Playlist Podcast Network how he was approached for the role – and why he didn’t think it was the right move.

The Star Wars: Skeleton Crew actor explained: ‘There was a process of flirtation going on and I always resisted, because it just felt like…

‘And I know you can say: “Well, but you played Yon-Rogg and Dumbledore!”, it just felt like a step too far.’

Jude Law, 51, has revealed that he was offered the role of Superman but turned it down as he felt as it was ‘a step too far’

The DC Comics superhero has been played by fellow Englishman Henry Cavill, 41, since 2013's Man Of Steel (pictured)

The DC Comics superhero has been played by fellow Englishman Henry Cavill, 41, since 2013’s Man Of Steel (pictured)

Superman was notably portrayed by Christopher Reeve from 1978 to 1987, and was first scene on screen in 1948 played by Kirk Alyn

Superman was notably portrayed by Christopher Reeve from 1978 to 1987, and was first scene on screen in 1948 played by Kirk Alyn

Jude played Yon-Rogg in Captain Marvel (2019), made by DC Comics’ rival Marvel, and Albus Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts films.

He continued: ‘It was when Brett Ratner was going to direct, I think. And they didn’t have a script, if I remember rightly.

‘Did they have a script? I don’t remember reading one. It is a long time ago. They brought me the suit. It wasn’t [Christopher] Reeve’s suit. It was an iteration. It was more metallic.

‘Anyway, I tried it on and I looked in the mirror and part of me initially was like, “Wow, this would be (amazing),” and then I just thought: “No, you can’t – you can’t do this. You can’t.”

‘I didn’t sell it to myself. And I stepped away and the film never happened anyway. So maybe it probably wouldn’t have done [anything].’

The late Christopher Reeve, who became paralysed from the neck down in a shock accident, played Superman from 1978 to 1987.

He starred in Superman, Superman II, Superman III, and Superman IV: The Quest For Peace and died in 2004. 

Superman was first portrayed on screen in the 1948 serial Superman with Kirk Alyn in the titular role. 

Jude played Yon-Rogg in Captain Marvel (2019), made by DC Comics' rival Marvel, and Albus Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts films (pictured, with co-star Dan Fogler)

Jude played Yon-Rogg in Captain Marvel (2019), made by DC Comics’ rival Marvel, and Albus Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts films (pictured, with co-star Dan Fogler)

George Reeves then played The Last Son Of Krypton in 1952 in the character’s first-ever feature film, Superman And The Mole Men.

BAFTA Award-winner Jude appeared on the podcast alongside Tomb Raider star Alicia Vikander.

The two star in 2023 drama Firebrand, a drama about the sixth wife of Henry VIII, Catherine Parr.

Firebrand enjoyed its Tribeca Film Festival premiere on Tuesday night. 

BAFTA Award-winner Jude (centre) appeared on the podcast alongside Tomb Raider star Alicia Vikander (right) whom he stars with in Henry VII and Catherine Parr film Firebrand (pictured)

BAFTA Award-winner Jude (centre) appeared on the podcast alongside Tomb Raider star Alicia Vikander (right) whom he stars with in Henry VII and Catherine Parr film Firebrand (pictured)

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