Henry Cavill Is Your New Superman!

Posted on January 1, 2011

Henry Cavill Is Your New Superman!

The identity of the new Superman has been revealed! Actor Henry Cavill, best known from the sexified historical royal drama, The Tudors, has officially been announced as the one and only Kryptonian juggernaut in Zack Snyder’s Superman: Man of Steel. Amidst rampant casting speculation that included names like True Blood’s Joe Manganiello and The Social Network’s Armie Hammer, the 27 year-old native of Jersey in the Channel Islands (not the one currently known for bad tans and venereal diseases) has emerged to put on the blue pajamas in the 2012 franchise reboot film. Perhaps already set for a mainstream break when he shares the screen with the likes of Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver in upcoming film, The Cold Light of Day, and this Fall’s Immortals with Mickey Rourke, Cavill has landed a potentially star-making role as the new Man of Steel. Of course, for the last Superman, Brandon Routh, (to no fault of his own,) it turned out to be a raw deal. What will Henry Cavill bring to the Superman franchise?

According to director Zack Snyder in the joint announcement from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures:

“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 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.”

Making a choice not unlike the one that Christopher Nolan (who has been retained as a producer for this film) made in casting his Batman, we now have a Superman that will be working to hide an English accent. (And hopefully, not anger management issues.)

I actually had the True Blood star Joe Manganiello pegged for the part, assuming that Zack Snyder may have wanted to go the 300 route with a buff, bad-ass Man of Steel. I’m not quite sure where the casting of Cavill leaves the project, but of course, with December 2012 being written-in as the release date, there’s obviously plenty of time for things to take shape. Cavill’s casting certainly doesn’t negate the possibility that Snyder is going balls-to-walls with a new, more action-oriented version of Superman. However, it does seem to indicate that he was indeed looking for something specific in the performance itself which Cavill was able to provide. What that may be, remains a mystery.

Personally, I’m still somewhat bummed that they were not able to continue the franchise with Brandon Routh, who, in putting on a decent performance, was seriously done a disservice by Superman Returns. However, I remain optimistic that Zack Snyder understands that in redoing the Superman origin tale that we’ve all seen numerous times, it’s going to require a strong antagonistic force that is directly connected to the destruction of Krypton, making the process more compelling. — Brainiac should be that villain, and steadily-paced action should be the main focus.

Are any of you familiar with the work of Henry Cavill? How do you think he’ll perform as Superman?

Source: Press Release

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