The Good Place's William Jackson Harper responds to Superman casting talk

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Photo credit: Paul Archuleta - Getty Images
Photo credit: Paul Archuleta - Getty Images

Since social media began, movie lovers have enjoyed voicing their dream castings on various different platforms, particularly when it comes to superhero flicks as the characters are already fully formed to do so.

On Twitter recently, a whole bunch of The Good Place fans revealed that they'd love to see William Jackson Harper, who played Chidi in the hit Netflix comedy, step into the shoes of Clark Kent aka Superman.

Now, he's reacted to the buzz...

Photo credit: Paul Archuleta - Getty Images
Photo credit: Paul Archuleta - Getty Images

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While appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live to talk about his new show The Underground Railroad, the actor recalled feeling "blindsided" when he heard that 55,000 people had liked a tweet about him portraying the Man of Steel.

"I was doing another interview and it came up, I was like, 'What? Why? Who knows me?' But that would be dope," Harper laughed. "That would be the best thing that could happen to me, to be able to play Superman.

"I don't want to do the diet and the exercise but it would be really fun."

Photo credit: NBC Universal
Photo credit: NBC Universal

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Kimmel followed up by pondering whether the fan casting had anything to do with the fact that Harper's character on The Good Place wears thick-rimmed glasses – reminiscent of a certain Kryptonian's Earth-dwelling alter ego.

"That's got to be the only explanation," he jokingly replied. "Otherwise I'm just a nerdy professor dude so, I don't know."

The Good Place is available to stream now on Netflix. The Underground Railroad can be watched on Amazon Prime Video.

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