And so it begins, the casting for Warner Bros’ upcoming Superman reboot, Man of Steel. The film will be directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan and it’s expected to take the beloved superhero into a darker direction. After finding the right production crew, it’s time to focus on the on screen talent. Who will actually play Superman? A casting announcement has hit the web and it gives us some insight as to what the studio is looking for.

According to Deadline, the studio might be going the TV route to find their next Clark Kent. When Brandon Routh played the character in 2006′s Superman Returns, his resume mostly consisted of soap opera work. He was a relative unknown. They’re currently looking for a fresh face or someone with television experience. And physically they want a guy who’s between the ages of 28-32. Sorry Jon Hamm (he’s 39).

They’ll have to go through hundreds of actors before finding the right one, similar to what they did for the new Spider-Man. Some names being thrown around for the part include “True Blood’s” Joe Manganiello, “The Vampire Diaries” Ian Somerhalder, and The Social Network’s Armie Hammer. Somerhalder is the only one who fits the age requirement they’re looking for (he’s 31), but he’s only about 5’9 in height. Routh is 6’3 and Christopher Reeves was 6’4 (the same height as Manganiello). This is going to be a long process.

Production on Man of Steel will likely begin in June so that the film can make its 2013 release date.

Who do you think should play the next Superman?