Henry Cavill is Your New Superman

by | Jan 31st, 2011 | 7:33AM | Filed under: News

Three months ago the Hollywood rumor mill was humming over who director Zack Snyder and Warner Brothers would pick to wear Superman’s blue tights and red cape in The Man of Steel, the latest big-screen version of the legendary DC character.

At the time, Matt Bomer and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s names were being bandied about, but the front runner seemed to be Jon Hamm, as The Social Network‘s Armie Hammer–himself rumored under consideration–had told the press the filmmakers were looking for a “middle-aged” Superman. (The new film is a complete reboot and not, as Superman Returns was, a continuation of the Christopher Reeve franchise.)

But in fact one of the younger names also on the list rose to the top: 27-year-old British actor Henry Cavill. (He’s from the original “Jersey shore,” the Jersey Islands in the English Channel.)

Though he’s had bit parts in films such as The Count of Monte Cristo, Tristan + Isolde, and Stardust, and starred in Joel Schumacher’s weird little horror flick Blood Creek last year, Cavill is best known to American audiences for playing Henry VIII’s friend Charles Brandon in Showtime’s The Tudors.

Interestingly, this wasn’t the first time Cavill’s been up for the role of Superman–he was also talked about for McG’s version way back in 2003, before Bryan Singer took over and hired Brandon Routh for 2006′s Superman Returns.

Warners is under the gun to get cameras rolling on a Superman movie–as a result of the long court battle between the studio and the estates of Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, if Warners does not have a new Superman movie in production by the end of this year, the Siegel and Shuster families could sue the corporation for lost revenue.

With Synder directing and now Cavill starring (producer Christopher Nolan left to concentrate on his third Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises), Superman: Man of Steel is now set to hit theaters in December 2012.

What do you think of Cavill as Superman?

(Join me in the comments below and we’ll also mull over the casting of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman and Tom Hardy as Bane in Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.)

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11 Responses to “Henry Cavill is Your New Superman”

  1. billy
    Posted on January 31, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I was a big proponent of his before they cast Brandon Routh. I thought he was excellent in The Count of Monte Cristo and thought he was the perfect unknown actor that Superman needs. When you see Superman/Clark Kent, you can’t be thinking of who that actor is, that person must be able to embody the character well. The only other person I would like to see play Superman would be Tom Welling because he’s done a great job with Smallville, but then again, it’s not the Smallville universe either.

  2. MsTrendy
    Posted on January 31, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Get replacement

  3. Jeremy F.
    Posted on January 31, 2011 at 9:30 am

    i have no comment really on the new supe, but why is it a revamping if hes middle aged???

    anne as selena kyle…she signed for selena…not catwoman…so i think its being setup for a future appearance…but yes anne…i <3 her, as ive said the last few yrs on this blog lol…so im down with that…

    Bane…meh…we'll see what nolan does with the character…i think the real bad guy in this new batman flick will be gotham, the public going against him…thats my opinion anyways…

  4. Locke Peterseim
    Locke Peterseim
    Posted on January 31, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Jeremy,

    He’s not going to be middle-aged now, sorry I wasn’t clear about that. Originally they were saying “middle-aged,” 35-40, but instead they’re sticking with someone under 30.

    It’s a revamping because it won’t follow any of the continuity of the first five Superman films, what I think of as the “Donner Continuity,” although more accurately the “Salkind Continuity.” Singer made a point of keeping his Superman Returns in continuity with Superman I & II, including the John Williams theme music. This new Superman from Snyder will not — it will be it’s own world.

    And yeah, Hathaway is listed as “Selina Kyle,” which is either Nolan playing cute and coy, or like you say, she may not actually appear as Catwoman (or only do so briefly near the end). However, remember that as of right now Nolan is only thinking of his Batman films as a trilogy — there’s no guarantee there WILL be a “next Batman” for Catwoman to appear in. (Although given how much money the franchise has made and will continue to make with Rises, obviously Warners will be looking to keep it going without Nolan. And we can imagine how well THAT will go.)

    But the important point is yes, Anne Hathaway! ;) I will refrain from going on about my deep, um, affection for the actress. You’re going to hear enough of that from me when we get to the Oscars ceremony and the home video release of Love and Other Drugs…

    As for Bane, I trust Nolan on that one — I’m sure he saw something in the character that he felt he could re-purpose to fit his agenda — I doubt very much we’ll see Hardy in a blue and black singlets and wrasslin’ mask. I love Hardy (have you seen Bronson yet?) and think he’ll be terrific however Nolan wants to use the character. (But does this mean the main villain will NOT be Hugo Strange? If Selina Kyle is a side interest and Bane is a distraction — like the Scarecrow was in the first film — then I’d think Nolan would still be considering Strange as his primary, narrative-driving adversary.)

  5. Jeremy F.
    Posted on February 1, 2011 at 11:28 am

    lets just hope that the warners arent thinking of a bats and supes movie…ive been pondering that for a few weeks…it seems in their best interest…pair them up for one giant movie…with nolan at the helm since hes already in charge of both…i mean yes he did say he wouldnt do another bat movie…but never said a combo movie…it could be DC’s heavy hitter against the avengers…imo anyways…

    i think disater is written all over a bats and supes team up…cause their will be favoritism and thatll be the nail in the coffin…

  6. Locke Peterseim
    Locke Peterseim
    Posted on February 1, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Hmmm, Jeremy, I hadn’t thought of a World’s Finest Bats-Supes movie… there was all that talk of one a decade ago. I could see Nolan going for it, but not sure about Bale. (though he seems much happier go luckier now that his Oscar is in the bag) I’d be up for that, actually if done by someone who really cares.

  7. dave
    Posted on February 8, 2011 at 5:37 am

    Why did they have to replace Brandon Routh??? He wasn’t bad at all.

  8. Joel
    Posted on February 8, 2011 at 8:20 am

    You have got to be kidding me! Right? Superman, who stands for “Truth, Justice, and the AMERICAN way,” is now going to have a British accent! This just isn’t right!

  9. Amber
    Posted on February 9, 2011 at 12:08 am

    I think that Brandon will do an excellent job filling the role of The Man of Steel. He was superb character on The Tudors (albeit some lacking screen time towards the end) and I have been hoping to see him in something that can give a larger audience a chance to appreciate his talent as well. As long as they do a better job with this Superman movie on the whole (writing, directing, etc), I think Brandon will come out on top!

  10. Michael B.
    Posted on March 29, 2011 at 4:01 am

    I think the choice for the new Superman movie is a good choice. Henry Cavill is a fine actor distinguish enough and known well enough. Not to well know which is good. The last Superman movie was pretty good I thought. Brandon did a good job and look good playing The Man of Steel. My second choice would definately be Tom Welling of Smallville, and because he has grown with the charector. Even though Smallville is for a younger audience, with the right writing to push to an older audience he probably would do it Justice. Superman/Batman movie with Cavill and Bale led by Nolan, think about it, it would be quite powerful. Nolans movies are so well done he has an incredible vision. As for Hathaway as Catwoman, not my first choice at all. And I like her, but there is a much more appealing actress that would do Catwoman true justice Zoe Saldana, from Star Trek 2009. She has something that Eartha Kitt had brought to the Batman 1960s series. Thats all for now.