JOE Manganiello has revealed that he was depressed for months after losing out on the lead role in Superman: Man of Steel. True Blood star Manganiello was shortlisted to play the iconic superhero in director Zack Snyders franchise reboot, but the role eventually went to British actor Henry Cavill. Manganiello told Digital Spy that a schedule conflict with his HBO show True Blood took him out of the running to play Clark Kent. [Warner Bros] wanted me to screen test and part of the screen test process is that they actually have to settle your deal, as if you were cast going into a screen before you get the screen test, he said. And so that involved settling of shooting schedule and the dates for shooting Superman would have conflicted with 11 weeks of season five [of True Blood]. DS