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Exclusive: Jon Hamm says his name has come up in “a lot of superhero discussions”

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Between his memorable stint in “Bridesmaids,” recent visit to “Saturday Night Live” and upcoming role in “Friends With Kids,” it’s sometimes hard to remember that Jon Hamm is best known for his role in AMC’s hit “Mad Men” instead of his comedic talents. But there was once a chance that the man better known as Don Draper would have been known for an even different role: Superman.

Back when Zack Snyder was casting his “Superman” reboot “Man of Steel,” one of the big rumors surrounding the project was that he wanted to cast an older Superman and that Hamm — who Snyder worked with on “Sucker Punch” — was in consideration for the title role. That was quickly shot down by none other than Hamm, and Snyder ended up going the alternate route and casting Henry Cavill as a younger Superman.

There definitely was an excited fan response when it was announced that Hamm was potentially in consideration for the superhero role, though. IFC got the chance to chat with Hamm while he was promoting “Friends With Kids,” out Friday, and he said that Superman wasn’t the only comic book role he’s been in consideration for.

“I’ve been offered my share of superhero movies, but I think I’ve aged out of that,” he said.

Hamm quickly regretted his choice of words, saying that he wasn’t so much “offered” the roles as he was discussed for them. But according to the “Mad Men” star, he has had quite a few opportunities to don spandex and have super powers, only he felt that none of them were the right fit.

“My name has come up in a lot of superhero discussions,” Hamm said. “It’s a tough thing, you know? It’s a tough game to get into. I have mad, crazy respect for the people that can pull it off because it’s something that can be done poorly so easily. But, you know, it’s a big commitment and it’s probably something that, unless it’s the right thing, it’s probably not so much my jam.”

We’ve already had one taste of what he would be like as a superhero thanks to the “Saturday Night Live” sketch “The Ambiguiously Gay Duo,” and we’ve got to admit that we were fans. Beyond the comic book genre, we asked Hamm if there was a type of film that he’d like to explore. He seemed undecided in his answer, and said that he doesn’t chose his projects based on a wish list of genres or actors.

“The only way I kind of choose material is is the material interesting to me and are the people involved with it people that inspire me in some way. And I think that in every case, with every project I’ve taken on, the answer to one or both of those questions has been yes,” he explained. “I will continue to do that, and that’s kind of just the way I pick stuff to do. I’ve been fortunate enough to never be like, ‘Well, I’ve got to do this one because I’ve got to pay the rent.’ And hopefully that will never be a deciding factor.”

What superhero would you like to see Hamm cast as? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Under Your Spell

10 Otherworldly Romances That’ll Melt Your Heart

Spend Valentine's Day weekend with IFC's Underworld movie marathon.

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Romance takes many forms, and that is especially true when you have a thirst for blood or laser beams coming out of your eyes.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a werewolf, a superhero, a clone, a time-traveler, or a vampire, love is the one thing that infects us all.  Read on to find out why Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these supernatural star-crossed lovers, and be sure to catch IFC’s Underworld movie marathon this Valentine’s Day weekend.

1. Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine, X-Men series

The X-Men franchise is rife with romance, but the steamiest “ménage à mutant” may just be the one between Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Their triangle is a complicated one as Jean finds herself torn between the two very different men while also trying to control her darker side, the Phoenix. This leads to Jean killing Cyclops and eventually getting stabbed through her heart by Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Yikes!  Maybe they should change the name to Ex-Men instead?


2. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon gave audiences some great romances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including the central triangle of Buffy, Angel, and Spike — but it was the love between witches Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) that broke new ground for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a LGBT relationship.

Willow is smart and confident and isn’t even sure of her sexuality when she first meets Tara at college in a Wiccan campus group. As the two begin experimenting with spells, they realize they’re also falling for one another and become the show’s most enduring, happy couple. At least until Tara’s death in season six, a moment that still brings on the feels.


3. Selene/Michael, Underworld series

The Twilight gang pales in comparison (both literally and metaphorically) to the Lycans and Vampires of the stylish Underworld franchise. If you’re looking for an epic vampire/werewolf romance set amidst an epic vampire/werewolf war, Underworld handily delivers in the form of leather catsuited Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and shaggy blonde hunk Michael (a post-Felicity Scott Speedman). As they work together to stop the Vampire/Lycan war, they give into their passions while also kicking butt in skintight leather. Love at first bite indeed.


4. Spider-man/Mary Jane Watson, Spider-man

After rushing to the aid of beautiful girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the Amazing Spider-man is rewarded with an upside-down kiss that is still one of the most romantic moments in comic book movie history. For Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the shy, lovable dork beneath the mask, his rain-soaked makeout session is the culmination of years of unrequited love and one very powerful spider bite. As the films progress, Peter tries pushing MJ away in an attempt to protect her from his enemies, but their web of love is just too powerful. And you know, with great power, comes great responsibility.


5. Molly/Sam, Ghost

When it comes to supernatural romance, you really can’t beat Molly and Sam from the 1990 hit film Ghost. Demi Moore goes crazy for Swayze like the rest of us, and the pair make pottery sexier than it’s ever been.

When Sam is murdered, he’s forced to communicate through con artist turned real psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg in her Academy Award-winning role) to warn Molly she is still in danger from his co-worker, Carl (a pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn). Molly doesn’t believe Oda is telling the truth, so Sam proves it by sliding a penny up the wall and then possessing Oda so he and Molly can share one last romantic dance together (but not the dirty kind). We’d pay a penny for a dance with Patrick Swayze ANY day.


6. Cosima/Delphine, Orphan Black

It stands to reason there would be at least one complicated romance on a show about clones, and none more complicated than the one between clone Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) on BBC America’s hit drama Orphan Black.

Cosima is a PhD student focusing on evolutionary developmental biology at the University of Minnesota when she meets Delphine, a research associate from the nefarious Dyad Institute, posing as a fellow immunology student. The two fall in love, but their happiness is brief once Dyad and the other members of Clone Club get involved. Here’s hoping Cosima finds love in season four of Orphan Black. Girlfriend could use a break.


7. Aragorn/Arwen, Lord of the Rings

On a picturesque bridge in Rivendell amidst some stellar mood-lighting and dreamy Elvish language with English subtitles for us non-Middle Earthlings, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) bind their souls to one another, pledging to love each other no matter what befalls them.

Their courtship is a matter of contention with Arwen’s father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who doesn’t wish to see his daughter suffer over Aragorn’s future death. The two marry after the conclusion of the War of the Ring, with Aragorn assuming his throne as King of Gondor, and Arwen forgoing her immortality to become his Queen. Is it too much to assume they asked Frodo to be their wedding ring-bearer?


8. Lafayette/Jesus, True Blood

True Blood quickly became the go-to show for supernatural sex scenes featuring future Magic Mike strippers (Joe Manganiello) and pale Nordic men with washboard abs (Hi Alexander Skarsgård!), but honestly, there was a little something for everyone, including fan favorite Bon Temps medium, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis).

In season three, Lafayette met his mother’s nurse, Jesus, and the two began a relationship. As they spend more time together and start doing V (short for Vampire Blood), they learn Jesus is descended from a long line of witches and that Lafayette himself has magical abilities. However, supernatural love is anything but simple, and after the pair join a coven, Lafayette becomes possessed by the dead spirit of its former leader. This relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on possessive love.


9. Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Harry Potter series

There are lots of sad characters in the Harry Potter series, but Remus Lupin ranks among the saddest. He was bitten by a werewolf as a child, his best friend was murdered and his other best friend was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban for it, then THAT best friend was killed by a Death Eater at the Ministry of Magic as Remus looked on. So when Lupin unexpectedly found himself in love with badass Auror and Metamorphmagus Nymphadora Tonks (she prefers to be called by her surname ONLY, thank you very much), pretty much everyone, including Lupin himself, was both elated and cautiously hopeful about their romance and eventual marriage.

Sadly, the pair met a tragic ending when both were killed by Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son, Teddy, orphaned much like his godfather Harry Potter. Accio hankies!


10. The Doctor/Rose Tyler, Doctor Who

Speaking of wolves, Rose “Bad Wolf” Tyler (Billie Piper) captured the Doctor’s hearts from the moment he told her to “Run!” in the very first episode of the re-booted Doctor Who series. Their affection for one another grew steadily deeper during their travels in the TARDIS, whether they were stuck in 1950s London, facing down pure evil in the Satan Pit, or battling Cybermen.

But their relationship took a tragic turn during the season two finale episode, “Doomsday,” when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose found themselves separated in parallel universes with no way of being reunited (lest two universes collapse as a result of a paradox). A sobbing Rose told a holographic transmission of the Doctor she loved him, but before he could reply, the transmission cut out, leaving our beloved Time Lord (and most of the audience) with a tear-stained face and two broken hearts all alone in the TARDIS.

“Man of Steel” star Michael Shannon talks about his respect for General Zod

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This might be the year of superhero films, but there’s one who’s waiting until 2013 to make his return to the big screen. Superman will fly back into theaters in Zack Snyder‘s “Man of Steel” with Henry Cavill wearing the big red “S” and blue spandex. But despite our enthusiasm for seeing what he has to bring to the role, we’re honestly more excited to see how Michael Shannon pulls off his portrayal of General Zod.

IFC caught up with the “Take Shelter” star on the red carpet at the Film Independent Spirit Awards and asked him how terrified we’d end up being of his take on Zod. Turns out he won’t be as chill-inducing as some of Shannon’s other roles.

“He’s actually a not very scary guy,” Shannon said. “He’s just trying to do his job, just like anybody.”

That almost makes Zod seem like he’d be a little relatable. And apparently he is, at least to Shannon. He just isn’t sure if other people will be able to make the same connection with Zod that he did.

“I don’t know, you know? I don’t want to say,” Shannon hedged. “Some people might hate him, some people might love him. But I’m fond of him. I respect him.”

Are you looking forward to seeing Shannon’s portrayal of General Zod in “Man of Steel”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Robert Downey Jr. was cast as Lex Luthor in McG’s “Superman: Flyby”

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With “Man of Steel” still more than a year away, now seems like the perfect time to talk about other “Superman” projects that could have been. At least that’s what director McG though while promoting his new romantic action comedy “This Means War.”

McG recently sat down with The Playlist and talked about his canceled project “Superman: Flyby.” Back in the early aughts, McG was tapped to direct the bold new take on the classic superhero from screenwriter J.J. Abrams, but ultimately passed because Warner Bros wanted to film the project in Australia and McG was afraid of flying.

He certainly had interesting ideas for the casting of the film, though. The Playlist said that “Flyby” would have made some major changes to the Superman’s origins, the planet Krypton and bad boy Lex Luthor, but one thing would have remained the same: Henry Cavill.

“Ironically, we liked Henry Cavill a lot, but we hadn’t cast him yet,” McG said.

But there would have been a bit of a surprise choice for the actor to play Lex. Turns out that a pre-“Iron Man” Robert Downey Jr. was the only actor locked in for the film, and he would have played Superman’s main nemesis.

“We had Robert Downey Jr. locked up to be Lex Luthor, which I think would have been extraordinary,” McG enthused.

In addition to those two, it had previously been revealed that Shia LaBeouf was on board to play Jimmy Olsen, but not officially signed. Similarly, Selma Blair and Scarlett Johansson were in talks to play Lois Lane (courtesy of /Film), but neither was cast.

Are you intrigued by “Flyby,” even though it will never happen? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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