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'True Blood' hunk Joe Manganiello in the running for 'Superman'

January 25, 2011 |  7:19 pm

Joe-manganiello-superman Joe Manganiello must be howling at the moon — the "True Blood" werewolf is definitely in the running for the new "Superman."

The Ministry hassled its fanboy brother Hero Complex for details, as Hero tweeted Tuesday that the actor was high on a list of potentials to play the Man of Steel.

Here's what we know: At last week's Academy Bake Off, a celebration of visual effects in film, talk around the room (especially from the team working on the new "Superman") said Manganiello kept popping up in serious talks about a new face for the franchise.

He'd fit right in — director Zack Snyder is no stranger to ab-tastic leading men (as he made Gerard Butler a star with "300"), and producer Christopher Nolan also has experience molding breakout hotties (ahem, Tom Hardy).

Manganiello has had a bit of a breakout (about an eight-pack worth of breakout) on the HBO vampire hit, starring alongside Anna Paquin, Steven Moyer and Aleksander Skarsgard.

"I would be honored. I love Zack Snyder, I love Christopher Nolan," Manganiello told Extra at Saturday's Producers Guild Awards.

Do you think Mangiello would be a super "Superman"? Tell us in the comments section below.

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— Matt Donnelly
Twitter.com/MattDonnelly

Photo: Joe Manganiello attends the 2001 Producers Guild Awards, looking Super indeed in Joseph Abboud. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Image.

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