Superman’s red cape is officially being inherited by a new leading man. According to the New York Times, 27-year-old Henry Cavill, a relatively unknown British actor known to fans of Showtime’s ‘The Tudors,’ has just been cast as the Man of Steel in director Zack Snyder’s new reboot of the franchise. It’s the second reboot in a less than a decade.
Brandon Routh was cast as Clark Kent/Superman opposite Kevin Spacey and Kate Bosworth in 2006’s ‘Superman Returns,’ Bryan Singer’s much-hyped reboot. But after the director moved on to other projects, a new story conceived by Christopher Nolan (‘Inception’) apparently had Snyder chasing a whole new vision for his feature film version, due to open in December 2012.
Snyder (director of ‘300’ and ‘Watchmen’) called Cavill “the perfect choice to don the cape and S shield.”
Years ago, Cavill was reportedly cast as the iconic hero, back when McG (‘Charlie’s Angels’) was going to direct a version of ‘Superman,’ before Singer took the helm. In addition, Cavill was allegedly this close to landing the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman, before Christian Bale signed on to star as the dark knight under Nolan’s direction, in 2005’s ‘Batman Begins.’
In a statement, Snyder said: “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.”
Zack Snyder directing the next Superman movie? That should be interesting because I expect a darker take on the popular superhero. And Henry Cavill playing the red-caped crusader should make for a more substantial performance, unlike his predecessor Brandon Routh who was just plain blah.