Director Zack Snyder, screenwriters Christopher Nolan (who also will serve as the film’s producer) and David S. Goyer have picked their new Superman with the blessing of DC Comics and Warner Bros., and to the chagrin of many fans it won’t be Brandon Routh nor will the iconic Kryptonian hero who fights for “truth justice and the American way” be American. Henry Cavill, 27, the young British actor will don the Man of Steel’s cape and the famous Clark Kent spectacles.
Past credits for Cavill include a stupendous performance as Charles Brandon in the highly-acclaimed, award-winning Showtime serial “The Tudors,” which can currently be seen again on BBC America. It was announced by Warner that Cavill was always a main contender for the role in “Superman Returns,” but Routh beat him out for the role. While the studio was pleased with Routh’s portrayal of Superman, particularly his look on screen, execs weren’t pleased with the end product and admitted that the movie and box office “didn’t quite work … in the way that we wanted it to.” However, they insist that isn’t the reason Routh was passed over over for this next film. They say they were wanting a younger look and feel to the next movie and desired a twenty-something actor who could not only sell it, but continue on for more films should this one be a success and this led them back to Cavill.
Cavill follows in the footsteps of another British actor chosen for a well-known American comic icon after Brit-raised Andrew Garfield was chosen to star as Spiderman.
No hints were given about the next Superman script but a studio spokesperson announced a projected release date of December 2012. With the end of the world occurring on December 21, 2012 perhaps Superman will come to this planet’s rescue yet one more time.
Cavill can be seen in 2011 in the action fantasy film “The Immortals” also starring Mickey Rourke and John Hurt.