Long been rumored for the role for quite sometime now, English-born Henry Cavill has finally landed the role of Superman/Clark Kent, according to Deadline. Turning away from the younger men in their 20′s, both Reeve and Routh were 26 and 24 respectively, Cavill will be 28 this year and almost 30 by the time the movie comes out, which fits the criteria of what the WB were looking for this time around.
“In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, and I am honored to be a part of his return to the big screen,” said director Zack Snyder, who is helming the reboot. “I also join Warner Bros., Legendary and the producers in saying how excited we are about the casting of Henry. He is the perfect choice to don the cape and S shield.”
While not a complete unknown commodity that some movie studios like to cast for such a major role, Cavill is a relatively blank slate when it comes to the movie-going public at large. His biggest role to date has been on the cable TV series The Tudors, and he has a starring role in the upcoming Greek god epic Immortals as the warrior Theseus.
This isn’t the first time Cavill’s name has been brought up to play Superman — back when Brett Ratner and McG were in talks to helm a Superman flick prior to Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns, Cavill was a frontrunner in the role that ultimately went to Brandon Routh when Singer came onboard. After that film didn’t live up to Warner Bros. box office expectations – especially in light of the success of the Batman films — the studio went about assembling a new group to rehabilitate their franchise. Although this will be Cavill’s first time as a superhero, he started in previous comics-to-film flick Stardust and his work in the upcoming Immortals film should do much to introduce him to genre fans.
Okay readers, we now have our Man of Steel. Snyder has the confidence in Cavill’s performance, what do you think of the choice?
Additional Reporting by Chris Arrant