Deadline reported earlier today that Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have cast the new Superman for their reboot of the series. Henry Cavill has been cast as the new Clark Kent/Superman. The 27-year-old British actor is best-known for playing Charles Brandon on The Tudors, which aired on Showtime.
Warner Bros clearly has chosen a more macho leading man for Superman than the previous Brandon Routh or even Christopher Reeve. “He’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,” a Warner Bros exec just told us. “We’re really going to try and make Superman as contemporary as possible.”
In the past, Cavill has auditioned for many high profile roles, such as Batman and James Bond. It’s great that he’s finally got a part and seems to be right fit. Christopher Nolan (yes, THE Christopher Nolan) will be producing the new Superman, and Zack Snyder is set to direct. This is what Snyder had to say about choosing Cavill:
“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.”
Other rumored contenders for the role were Armie Hammer (The Social Network), Ian Somerhalder (Vampire Diaries), and Joe Manganiello (True Blood).
It looks like Hollywood is setting a new tone for superhero films. What do you think of Cavill? Is he right the choice for Superman? Sound off in the comments.