Director Zack Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan have found their new Superman—and he's British actor Henry Cavill!
Warner Brothers Pictures and Legendary Pictures sent out an official press release on Sunday, confirming that the 27-year-old actor has landed the coveted role of the Man of Steel and his alter ego, Clark Kent. Snyder said in the statement, "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. I also join Warner Brothers, 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."
Cavill beat out a number of other rumored contenders for the role, including Joe
Manganiello (True Blood), Armie Hammer (The Social Network) and Jon Hamm (Mad Men).
The actor, best known to American audiences for his role in the Showtime series The
Tudors, has actually been up for Superman before. According to Deadline, he was
considered for the role by directors McG and Brett Ratner for the Superman project
they were both attached to at one point. Bryan Singer eventually took over and cast
Brandon Routh for what became Superman Returns.
As with Routh and iconic screen Superman Christopher Reeve, the studio has once
again gone with a lesser known actor for the part. A Warner Brothers executive told
Deadline, "[Cavill]'s got an amazing quality. He doesn't look too much like Reeve
and Routh but he's big and strong and he has a very modern feel to him. We're really
going to try and make Superman as contemporary as possible."
Cavill was also a candidate to replace Pierce Brosnan as James Bond before Daniel
Craig stepped in, and also auditioned to play Batman for Christopher Nolan. He will
be seen this fall as Theseus in the mythology epic Immortals. Interesting note: Batman, Spider-Man and now Superman are all being played by British actors.
We have yet to find out who will play Lois Lane and who the villain will be, so there's a lot more Superman news to come before the movie arrives in December 2012.