“His role in Euphoria definitely darker than Superman”: Jacob Elordi Gets Backlash Over Rejecting Superman Role in DCU For a Strange Reason

Jacob Elordi felt the character was "too dark" for him.

"His role in Euphoria definitely darker than Superman": Jacob Elordi Gets Backlash Over Rejecting Superman Role in DCU For a Strange Reason


  • Jacob Elordi, known for his roles in "The Kissing Booth" and "Euphoria," revealed in a recent interview that he turned down the opportunity to audition for Superman.
  • This decision received backlash from fans, who pointed out that Elordi has played dark characters before.
  • Despite this, the actor stands by his choice and expresses his preference for making films he would personally enjoy watching.
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After starring as an extra in movies like Pirates of the Caribbean, Jacob Elordi gained recognition with his Netflix feature The Kissing Booth. However, the Australian actor’s dramatic acting skills shined in Primetime Emmy nominated series Euphoria. He has now taken the role earlier portrayed by Austin Butler in the Oscar-nominated film, Elvis. Amid all this, he also emerged as one of the top contenders to replace Henry Cavill as Superman in James Gunn’s DCU.

Jacob Elordi in The Kissing Booth
Jacob Elordi in The Kissing Booth

During a recent interview, the 26-year-old actor revealed that he was once approached to read for the role of Superman, but he declined the offer, claiming that the character was “too dark” for him.

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Jacob Elordi Turned Down the Offer to Audition For the Role of Superman

In a recent interview with GQ, Jacob Elordi shared his views on superhero films. While he expressed his admiration for The Dark Knight stars Heath Ledger and Christian Bale, he shared that he doesn’t envision himself taking on a superhero role on-screen.

Jacob Elordi as Elvis Presley in the upcoming film Priscilla
Jacob Elordi as Elvis Presley in the upcoming film Priscilla

“I like to make what I would watch, and I get very restless watching those movies,” he said. Elordi also revealed that he was asked to audition for the role of Superman, but he immediately declined, saying, “No, thank you.’ That’s too much. That’s too dark for me.”

While he did not reveal which movie he auditioned for, it could be for James Gunn’s upcoming film, Superman: Legacy, which is set to star David Corenswet in the lead role. Before the Pearl actor’s casting, Elordi was also among some of the top contenders to be the next Superman.


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Jacob Elordi Gets Backlash For Calling Superman “Too Dark”

Jacob Elordi has gained praise and recognition for starring in the HBO series Euphoria. He portrays the role of Nate Jacobs, who is described as one of the most terrifying and morally corrupt characters in the series.

HBO's Euphoria
HBO’s Euphoria

However, having portrayed such dark characters on screen, the actor calling Superman “too dark” did not sit well with many fans. They took to Twitter to share their disagreement with the actor, as they stated, “His role in Euphoria def darker than the Superman role.”


Fans also pointed out his upcoming black comedy psychological thriller film Saltburn, which is set to release this week. While the Deep Water actor called the DC superhero “too dark,” Superman has always served as a symbol of hope.

Henry Cavill as Superman
Henry Cavill as Superman

Since his first appearance in comics, Superman has always been portrayed as a gentle, kindhearted, and selfless character who protects the Earth and its people from evil. It was Zack Snyder who applied a darker tone to the character in the DCEU, under which Henry Cavill portrayed the character.

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Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.