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Henry Cavill Is The New Superman
For director Zack Snyder

31 January 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Wrap

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Henry Cavill Is The New Superman

Truth? Check? Justice? Double check. The American Way? Well, not so much. Nope, in his next cinematic incarnation, British actor Henry Cavill will play Superman.

Announcing the choice in a statement from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, Superman director Zack Snyder gushed, “In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, and I am honoured to be a part of his return to the big screen. 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.”

Speculation has been rife as to who might play Clark Kent and the man who is possibly the most iconic superhero in the world. But we’ve been spared too many of the casting rumour stories and now Cavill is in the suit.

Ironically, he was actually close to snagging the role back around the time that Superman Returns was being developed, as a prime choice of McG. But when the director was replaced by Bryan Singer, the new man in charge picked Brandon Routh instead.

He’s appeared in films such as I Capture The Castle and Tristan + Isolde, and a decent turn in Stardust, and has also been seen on the small screen, with a big role in The Tudors. He has kidnap thriller The Cold Light of Day and fantasy action epic Immortals coming up this year, but now he’s been handed the biggest opportunity of his life. Naturally the role comes with some heavy baggage and even the fear of career kryptonite (just ask Routh), but if he pulls it off, Cavill will be launched to the next level.

With a script by David Goyer, and Christopher Nolan Emma Thomas, Charles Roven and Deb Snyder as producers, the new Superman pic (working titled Man of Steel) is scheduled for release in December 2012.


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RE: MUSCLES.....?
L: redpaw ent to huge Superman would certainly be a more convincing desguise and would fit in with Nolan's alistic approachse other Universes. ow the hell will THIS make it more realistic? ...I mean, the physicality of it? Utter nonsense. And the very idea of a CGI'd suit sounds like the recipe for aesthetic disaster. I take it most of the people who don't buy the glasses on=Clark /glasses off=Superman and nobody notices the similarity aren't members of the four eye More

Posted by jobloffski at 08:47 on 05 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: MUSCLES.....?
ent to huge Superman would certainly be a more convincing desguise and would fit in with Nolan's alistic approachse other Universes. ow the hell will THIS make it more realistic? ...I mean, the physicality of it? Utter nonsense. And the very idea of a CGI'd suit sounds like the recipe for aesthetic disaster. More

Posted by redpaw at 19:05 on 04 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: MUSCLES.....?
Indeed. Q: "So Mr Bale, how did you go from an emaciated skeleton to big Batman in record time?" A: "Steroids! hahAHhAhaHAahaaa!" Can't remember who asked him this question but it was widely reported that he "said it and laughed sarcastically". I think he probably went the Mickey Rourke route myself. Cavill CAN do it, he has the time but whether he will I think is open to debate. Small Kent to huge Superman would certainly be a more convincing desguise and would fit in with Nolan's mo More

Posted by JRockwell at 18:23 on 04 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Still don't get it...
L: Avanpallandt I disagree that Singer is a superior director. In my humble opinion, his style just isn't the right fit. He tries too hard to stick to the work of others rather than embracing a fresh look on things. Snyder on the other hand has at least proven that he can adapt comics (300) and has an eye for great set pieces. n Returns just tried too hard to be a sequel,s it should have just been something new. sp; hat's because it was (to Superman II) More

Posted by JIm R at 08:57 on 01 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Poor Brandon
L: dapieman Still at least we'll always have scott pilgrim. s that how you validate your opinion?  hilarious. That's like saying i'm really disappionted this tent leaks, however at least we'll always have earwigs. More

Posted by Mr Grady at 01:36 on 01 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Still don't get it...
I disagree that Singer is a superior director. In my humble opinion, his style just isn't the right fit. He tries too hard to stick to the work of others rather than embracing a fresh look on things. Snyder on the other hand has at least proven that he can adapt comics (300) and has an eye for great set pieces. Superman Returns just tried too hard to be a sequel, whereas it should have just been something new. More

Posted by Avanpallandt at 23:08 on 31 January 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Zack Snyder will be to Superman what...
L: Concise_Statement Brett Ratner was to X-Men, meaning a hack. Superman Returns had problems like length, slowness and lack of humour and action, BUT at least Bryan Singer was able to make me care about the main character by having an emotional arc. I don't care about anyone in 300 or Watchmen. They're not films. They're fanboygasms - just a collection of all their favourite bits put together like some stupid, disjointed, inconsequential clip show. I'll concede this - he may be able More

Posted by BatSpider at 19:05 on 31 January 2011 | Report This Post

Excellent choice
They definitely needed a clean break. Romanticising Reeve by using Routh must have seemed like a good idea but every touch of the glasses broke the spell of the movie for me. With a new actor and a new start the character can actually go places. My only concern is the boy is going to have to lift some major poundage to get Superman big - CGI Superman? Tiny Englishman head on Herculean body? More

Posted by JRockwell at 16:42 on 31 January 2011 | Report This Post

RE: It's a frickin' superhero, is what it is....not a bird, dumbass.
But I thought everyone knew in the comics Supes is a WHINEY TWAT! More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 11:34 on 31 January 2011 | Report This Post

RE: It's a frickin' superhero, is what it is....not a bird, dumbass.
Well done Zach my ol' china! Loving The fact the JLA are not American,....can you hear that - it's the sound of a million American geeks simultaneously shitting themselves in anger!! Just kidding - i love the yanks, but you have to admit this is pretty funnny!!h and yeah - Henry Cavill is a pretty solid choice acting wise! Looking forward to this one! More

Posted by lukeyboy at 09:19 on 31 January 2011 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Congrats to Henry for bagging the role of Superman, hopefully he will do a decent job. More

Posted by azzman1984 at 00:27 on 31 January 2011 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
't realise it wasn't out until Dec 2012 though, I thought it was a summer flick :( it's bloody ages away! his tells me they're going with a darker film... ...which, I'll be honest, worries me slightly... P.S.: commiserations to Routh- he was a decent Superman. More

Posted by redpaw at 21:28 on 30 January 2011 | Report This Post

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As a HUGE fan of the Supes, I'm happy with this choice -- however, I don't know ANYTHING about this guy- I don't know what he's been in, I don't know what his acting's like, I don't know what his accent's like -- but I like the way he looks! ...He at least LOOKS the part... and somewhere, somehow, within my psyche, he seems to fit the romantic idea of what I think Superman should look like. So, on that level, thus far, I'm pleased. Once he starts acting and opening his mouth, that might be a More

Posted by redpaw at 21:24 on 30 January 2011 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Can't say I've ever seen him in anything, so can't really judge his acting ability. But he does have a big ole square jaw and an ideal Superman-esque face, so he should look the part at least. I didn't mind Routh, although it really was just a good Reeve impersonation. So it'll be interesting to see what this new guy does with it. Didn't realise it wasn't out until Dec 2012 though, I thought it was a summer flick :( it's bloody ages away! More

Posted by captainrentboy at 20:29 on 30 January 2011 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Who dat? More

Posted by themightyhutch at 20:07 on 30 January 2011 | Report This Post

RE:
L: theonering Shit, without routh just shit. be giving this one a miss me thinks o basically, despite the fact Chris Nolan is involved and hasnt even been filmed yet, you're giving it a miss because Brandon (Superman Returnzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz) Routh isnt there. No one actor is bigger than the franchise, otherwise there would have been no more films after Chris Reeve. Would you have settled for Tom Welling? More

Posted by Spaldron at 20:00 on 30 January 2011 | Report This Post

RE: The Brits Are Taking Over!
L: Ghidorah  It is amusing the current actors playing the founders of JLA are not Americans. Two Brits and one Canadian. Not a single american in sight. i]It is marvelous frankly..... More

Posted by JIm R at 19:26 on 30 January 2011 | Report This Post

RE: The Brits Are Taking Over!
 It is amusing the current actors playing the founders of JLA are not Americans. Two Brits and one Canadian. Not a single american in sight. More

Posted by Ghidorah at 19:18 on 30 January 2011 | Report This Post

RE: The Brits Are Taking Over!
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