The fact that casting for the new Superman reboot has begun is a good thing for young, unknown actors in the 28-32 age range.

It’s a bad thing for Brandon Routh, though.

And that’s a shame – I thought Routh was a real highlight in Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns. Sure he was playing Christopher Reeve, but the film itself was a homage to the Reeve/Richard Donner movies, so he did exactly what was asked of him and was not the reason the film was somewhat of a letdowon.

So the search is on for a new actor to don the red cape, and producer Christopher Nolan and director Zack Snyder are looking at someone unknown (read: cheap) who can quickly jump into action. While they plan on looking at hundreds of actors, the studio has already planned for the production to start shooting around June, mainly due to a rights issue which specifies they must begin production by a certain date. Hopefully this rush at the beginning won’t reflect negatively on the finished movie, and now that casting season on Superman Whatever-The-Name has started, brace yourself for the onslaught of rumors as to who’ll play Kent/Superman.