Michael B. Jordan reportedly held meetings with Warner Bros. executives over a turn as Superman.
The 32-year-old actor spoke with studio officials on how he would portray the character earlier this year, according to Variety, but the star determined he wasn’t fully ready to commit to playing the Man of Steel, as production would not commence for several years.
The talks were apparently part of a larger effort by the studio to streamline the direction of the character, following two reboots with Henry Cavill and Brandon Routh in the lead roles since 2006.
Bosses are reportedly keen to keep the character relevant in a competitive cinematic market for superhero movies, over fears they sold out the iconic figure with film and TV spinoffs.
Jordan has a strong track record of appearing in established franchises, playing Apollo Creed’s son Adonis Johnson in the Rocky spinoff franchise Creed, and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Erik Killmonger in Black Panther.
The star is also busy with multiple projects, including the films Wrong Answer, Without Remorse, and the TV series Raising Dion.