Sunday, January 30, 2011

Henry Cavill is Superman

AICN was up first with it, and now Dark Horizons and Deadline swiftly followed suit with the official word: director Zack Snyder has found his leading man for Warners' upcoming reboot Superman: The Man of Steel, and it's none other than Brit actor Henry Cavill. I first became aware of Cavill from his supporting turn in 2002's highly-underrated The Count of Monte Cristo, then again when he was a finalist for the new Bond in Casino Royale. Cavill, then 21, was deemed too young for the part, and thus lost out to Daniel Craig (clearly the right choice), but at 27 now, he's the right age to take on the most iconic of superheroes.

I'm not especially familiar with Cavill's catalogue, but he's made a name for himself the last few years on Showtime's The Tudors, which I've never seen, but my wife has, and she was very excited to hear this news (a little too excited, now that I think about it...). However, looks-wise he certainly fits the generic handsomeness the role requires, and he's got an impressive resume, so if he's okay with Snyder and producer Chris Nolan, that's good enough for me. As far as the project's storyline, the typically tightlipped production team is keeping things close to the chest, but it supposedly tracks Clark Kent's early years as he ponders the fateful decision to don the red-and-blue.

Honestly, I'm hoping there's going to be bit more to it than that because, having just been through ten interminable years of Clark Kent wishy-washiness on Smallville (with the end very nearly in sight), it sounds like kind of a yawner. I'm sure we'll hear a lot more news on this one, casting and otherwise, in the weeks and months before shooting starts, on the way to a Christmas '12 release, but for now, let's take a moment to mourn John Williams' "Superman March," which has likely played its last on the big screen, and also the movie star hopes of the last Superman, Brandon Routh, which would appear to be permanently dashed.  But hey, thank goodness for those Chuck checks, right?

Click past the jump for the full text of the WB press release.
"Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today that Henry Cavill has won the coveted role of Superman, the iconic superhero.
The film will be directed by Zack Snyder, who stated, “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.”
Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder are the producers of the film. The screenplay is being written by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and Nolan. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are serving as executive producers.
Cavill recently wrapped production on The Cold Light of Day and stars in the upcoming Immortals, opening this fall.
Targeted for release in December 2012, the new Superman movie will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company."


J.R. LeMar said...

I am also a huge fan of The Tudors, and am rather happy with these selection. In fact, I'd suggest that they keep looking towards The Tudors for more casting. Give me John Rhyse-Meyers as Lex Luthor (or Zod) and Natalie Dormer as Lois Lane.

J.R. LeMar said...

Trolling the archives, I point you to a comment I made on this blog back in August:


Zaki said...

Ha! Well, looks like you pegged it!

Omar A. said...

Good choice, I think.