Skip to comments.Henry Cavill Lands Superman (New Movie Man of Steel)
Posted on 01/30/2011 6:16:01 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures have found their new Man of Steel.
Deadline had been hearing for the past weeks that British actor Henry Cavill was the frontrunner for the much coveted Clark Kent/Superman role in this much anticipated reboot.
But as of last week, Warner Bros film chief Jeff Robinov hadn't seen Cavill's or the other screentests and made his decision in recent days. Repped by CAA, Cavill, known for his portrayal of Charles Brandon on Showtime's The Tudors, just wrapped production on The Cold Light of Day and stars in the upcoming Immortals opening this fall.
Directed by Tarsem Singh, Caville in Immortals plays the he-man Greek warrior Theseus who battles mythological gods including Poseidon, Zeus, Minotaur, and Herecles.
Given that set up, 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."
And just like it did with Christian Bale in the Batman reboot, the studio has gone with a British actor.
In fact, Cavill also auditioned for the Batman role but lost out to Bale in 2005. He also was a contender for James Bond but was deemed too young and lost out to Daniel Craig.
Clearly, Cavill is a franchise waiting to happen. He also has a past with Superman.
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An englishman playing Superman?! What next an American playing a samurai!?
Looks a little pudgy to me.
Nice looking guy though.
Never heard of him.
Yeah, I like my superheros a little more ripped.
Not that I’d kick him outta bed or anything...
Well...Sherlock Holmes was portrayed by Robert Downey, Jr. Maybe we owed them one...
When I was around 10 years old a local grocer allowed me to borrow comic books as long as I returned them in like new condition.
Superman and Superboy were my favorites. I loved the 1950’s TV show and thought the first Superman movie with Reeves was pretty good tho they got worse as others were made.
When “Smallville” came on, I thought it was the best of all the Superman genres. It stayed that way for maybe 3 or 4 seasons then began to get worse. There were still a lot of good episodes but also a lot which were almost unwatchable.
When they did one in which they promoted illegal immigrants I quit watching. Every now and then I would watch one for a few minutes but they were invariably poor.
I saw just a bit of the last season and it had deteriorated to just plain bad.
Maybe this new movie will be good but I would not bet on it.
Great Caesars Ghost....Superman has been outsourced.....
Give him six months...should have seen Christopher Reeve when he was first cast...
I agree; we’re big fans of The Tudors here, and I think he’s great for that role. Let’s see who directs and what the screenplay looks like, but HC is a good choice...
Christopher ('Dark Knight') Nolan? I'm not worried...
Just don’t ride any horses, buddy.
*THUD*!!! He is why I kept tuning in to watch the Tudor’s. Charles Brandon never looked so good. Congrats to Henry. This will be one Superman movie I will not miss.
Looks like an EXCELLENT choice. (Before I saw the picture thought they had chosen a whimp)
Just re-watched the third season last night. I thought he did a decent job as Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk.
A friend of mine trained Reeve for the first movie — in London. So even that Superman had British roots.
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