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Henry Cavill Lands Superman (New Movie Man of Steel)
deadline.com ^ | Jan. 30, 2011 | NIKKI FINKE AND MIKE FLEMING

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at deadline.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: henrycavill; manofsteel; superman

1 posted on 01/30/2011 6:16:05 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I know him from The Tudors. I liked him in that and I think he has the right "look" for a Superman role.
2 posted on 01/30/2011 6:18:21 PM PST by LibertarianLiz
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To: Free ThinkerNY

An englishman playing Superman?! What next an American playing a samurai!?


3 posted on 01/30/2011 6:19:27 PM PST by Eyes Unclouded ("The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." -George Carlin)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Looks a little pudgy to me.
Nice looking guy though.
Never heard of him.


4 posted on 01/30/2011 6:20:02 PM PST by TheConservativeParty (President Sarah Louise Palin....Resistance is futile! Prepare to be liberated!)
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To: TheConservativeParty

*wipes chin*

Pudgy?


5 posted on 01/30/2011 6:24:17 PM PST by FrogMom (No such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
In today's world, classically good looking men are automatically labeled gay. Don't know if that's the case with him


6 posted on 01/30/2011 6:25:53 PM PST by libh8er
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To: FrogMom

Yeah, I like my superheros a little more ripped.

: )

Not that I’d kick him outta bed or anything...


7 posted on 01/30/2011 6:26:28 PM PST by TheConservativeParty (President Sarah Louise Palin....Resistance is futile! Prepare to be liberated!)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

Well...Sherlock Holmes was portrayed by Robert Downey, Jr. Maybe we owed them one...


8 posted on 01/30/2011 6:26:47 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

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.


9 posted on 01/30/2011 6:27:49 PM PST by yarddog
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Great Caesars Ghost....Superman has been outsourced.....


10 posted on 01/30/2011 6:28:02 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: TheConservativeParty
Yeah, I like my superheros a little more ripped.

Give him six months...should have seen Christopher Reeve when he was first cast...

11 posted on 01/30/2011 6:28:41 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: LibertarianLiz

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...


12 posted on 01/30/2011 6:28:46 PM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts...)
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To: yarddog
Maybe this new movie will be good but I would not bet on it.

Christopher ('Dark Knight') Nolan? I'm not worried...

13 posted on 01/30/2011 6:30:30 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Just don’t ride any horses, buddy.


14 posted on 01/30/2011 6:30:53 PM PST by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

*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.


15 posted on 01/30/2011 6:31:34 PM PST by arbee4bush ( "promoted by GOD to be a mother" Palin 2012!!!!!)
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To: LibertarianLiz

Looks like an EXCELLENT choice. (Before I saw the picture thought they had chosen a whimp)


16 posted on 01/30/2011 6:33:25 PM PST by madison10
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To: LibertarianLiz
"I know him from The Tudors."

Just re-watched the third season last night. I thought he did a decent job as Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk.

17 posted on 01/30/2011 6:37:48 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: TheConservativeParty

ditto


18 posted on 01/30/2011 6:43:40 PM PST by katykelly
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To: who knows what evil?

A friend of mine trained Reeve for the first movie — in London. So even that Superman had British roots.


19 posted on 01/30/2011 6:45:49 PM PST by Moonmad27 ("I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way." Jessica Rabbit)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Yes!!!


20 posted on 01/30/2011 6:47:17 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: Eyes Unclouded
There has already been one.
21 posted on 01/30/2011 7:02:58 PM PST by hout8475
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To: Squantos
Superman has been outsourced.....

Well, after all he is an alien.

22 posted on 01/30/2011 7:03:06 PM PST by Poison Pill
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Oh-KAY!! I can like that...


23 posted on 01/30/2011 7:23:32 PM PST by redhead ("I think I'm the best fish filleter in the whole third grade." --Piper Palin)
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To: Squantos

“Truth, Justice, and Her Majesty’s Way.”


24 posted on 01/30/2011 7:24:38 PM PST by mikrofon (Not Amused ;)
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To: mikrofon

Truth, justice, and a spot of tea at three.


25 posted on 01/30/2011 7:27:35 PM PST by going hot (Happiness is a Momma Deuce)
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To: windcliff; onedoug

NOT GUILTY!!


26 posted on 01/30/2011 7:35:09 PM PST by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: who knows what evil?
Christopher ('Dark Knight') Nolan? I'm not worried...

Agreed! I cannot wait to see what Nolan does with this franchise!
27 posted on 01/30/2011 7:35:22 PM PST by swatbuznik
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28 posted on 01/30/2011 7:37:06 PM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is... tell your storm how BIG your God is!)
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To: DollyCali; All
Meh!

The Superman franchise hasn't fared well since the days of Christopher Reeves. The character and his abilities seems much better suited to animation than live action in regard to story telling.

That the lead role goes to a Brit only adds insult to injury.

Jack.
29 posted on 01/30/2011 7:58:41 PM PST by Jack Deth (Knight Errant and Resident FReeper Kitty Poem /Haiku Guy)
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To: Jack Deth
The Superman franchise hasn't fared well since the days of Christopher Reeves. The character and his abilities seems much better suited to animation than live action in regard to story telling.

Smallville had a lot of interesting shows.
30 posted on 01/30/2011 8:00:48 PM PST by aruanan
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To: swatbuznik

Correction, it’s not Nolan who’s making the new Superman, it’s Zack Snyder who made “Watchmen” and “300.” Which, okay, I think this could still be cool.


31 posted on 01/30/2011 8:03:02 PM PST by swatbuznik
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To: Jack Deth

ah Christopher Reeves....

I cried & prayed & was in mourning when he had his horse accident

I recall decades ago my ex would ask me each weekend ..well, what is it this weekend? Somewhere in Time or Superman.

I wonder how his son is doing now with the loss/death of both parents.


32 posted on 01/30/2011 8:11:09 PM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is... tell your storm how BIG your God is!)
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To: aruanan; All
Hi, aruanan:

Smallville had a lot of interesting shows.

True.

Though Smallville is more character driven with limited special effects. I especially like what the series had done with Allison Mack's character of Chloe. Michael Shank's Carter Hall/ Hawkman, Callum Blue's Zod and Tom Welling's Man Of Steel.

Erica Durance's Lois doesn't do much for me. Though the casting of Michael Ironside as her father was inspired. It's also nice to see Pam Grier exercise her acting chops as Amanda Waller.

Jack.
33 posted on 01/30/2011 8:24:23 PM PST by Jack Deth (Knight Errant and Resident FReeper Kitty Poem /Haiku Guy)
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To: madison10

As long as he shows up and his Superman suit is not in the form of a giant tatoo and he shaves the stubble.


34 posted on 01/30/2011 8:32:10 PM PST by biff
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To: TheConservativeParty

Yes. Definitely yes


35 posted on 01/30/2011 9:04:22 PM PST by Shimmer1 (When life hands you lemons, ask for tequila and salt.)
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To: swatbuznik

Nolan producing; Snyder directing...this is a good combo, IMO.


36 posted on 01/31/2011 4:06:57 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

But hasn’t someone told him about the Superman curse?


37 posted on 01/31/2011 9:11:51 AM PST by altura
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To: yarddog

Yeah, sadly I had to give up Smallville a couple of years ago. They should have cancelled it before it went sour.

Was it Lois and Clark? Can’t remember, but that show was good at first, but what happened to the Superman star. Can’t even remember his name now. And he was good.


38 posted on 01/31/2011 9:14:53 AM PST by altura
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To: altura

Yeah “Lois & Clark” did start out good and like a lot of others just went downhill. Dean Cain was the star and I still like him.

He actually made an appearance on “Smallville”, and it was one of the rare good ones toward the end.

The girl who plays Lois on “Smallville” is really pretty but her character just doesn’t work out.

One of the worst story lines was when they had Lana Lang’s father be a guy who dated her mother instead of her Mother’s husband. They must have realized it as they sort of just ignored that for the rest of the series.

BTW, Kristin Kreuk could look stunning at times. She was beautiful in the face and had a nice rear but was otherwise a bit skinny.


39 posted on 01/31/2011 10:27:45 AM PST by yarddog
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To: yarddog

Yeah, I agree, but didn’t Teri Hatcher strike it rich with Desperate Housewives? Maybe the curse only applies to the guys.


40 posted on 01/31/2011 3:52:42 PM PST by altura
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To: altura

I haven’t kept up with Teri Hatcher. It seems most actors and actresses don’t do well after being in a Superman movie or TV series.

I don’t think I have seen any of the original black and white TV series actors in anything else. Of course George Reeves was dead not long after it ended.

Kristin Kreuk has tried to make it and I have seen her in a couple of totally forgettable roles. I suspect Tom Welling will do about the same when the series ends. Although I liked both Welling and Kreuk in “Smallville”, I am not sure either one is that good of an actor. They both are unusually attractive tho.


41 posted on 01/31/2011 4:09:16 PM PST by yarddog
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To: Lockbar

There is a “Superman Curse” everyone in who played superman ended up dead.
If I were a actor, I would stay away from playing “the man of steel”.


42 posted on 02/01/2011 4:09:51 AM PST by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: Yorlik803

Kirk Alyn made it to the ripe age of 88, and I believe Dean Cain is still around...


43 posted on 02/01/2011 4:25:31 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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