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.)
More Superman from redbox:
- Superman / Shazam! The Return of Black Adam
- Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
- Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths