When word spread that Warner Bros planned on rebooting the Superman franchise (again) every tall, dark-haired actor was rumored to play the title role. One of the most prominent candidates is “Chuck” star Zachary Levi. He can obviously play the geek side and has the stature to pull off the superhero side but unfortunately it’s not happening. The actor recently confirmed to IGN, that he will not be playing the Man of Steel…even though he’d love to.

Here’s what Levi had to say about his rumored role in Superman:

“It’s complete fiction. A bummer that it’s complete fiction!” Levi recounted how he himself began hearing about it. “I start getting these text messages from my friends, saying, ‘What is going on? You didn’t tell us any of this!’ And I’m asking, ‘What are you talking about?’ I get this link emailed to me from my publicist. She goes, ‘Just so you know…’ I go check it out, and of course, on the bottom of that article there’s all these comments, and every other article that spawned off of that and all the comments on those sites.”

There you have it. Straight from the horse’s mouth. He also opened up about the problems people had with him being a possibility and the one superhero he knows he could play for sure.

“I guess one of the things that I fear is that people pigeonhole me in the nerd role,” Levi told me. “Because a lot them say, ‘Well, I can see him as Clark Kent, but I can’t see me as Supes.’” Levi laughed, adding, “I’m an actor! Just give me six months and a gym. Give me something! I guess one of the upsides is that people are going, ‘I can believe him as Wally West. Make him The Flash! I can believe that!’ Which would be amazing.”

Is it wrong that Ryan Reynolds will always be The Flash to me? He can put on that Green Lantern and Deadpool suit all he wants but all I see is Wally. As for Supes, Levi won’t be putting on the blue and red tights anytime soon, but keep hope alive because the casting gates are still open. Who knows who Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer have in mind.

Are you disappointed that Levi won’t be the new man of steel? Who do you think could play the character?