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