Names have been discussed for months on who would don the Man-of-Steel's cape and tights for the next outing in the venerable DC movie franchise. Now, finally, a decision has been made.
British actor Henry Cavill has landed the role of Clark Kent in Zack Snyder's upcoming Superman movie, quashing all hopes that Brandon Routh, who played the hero in 2006's "Superman Returns," would return to Metropolis.
Cavill is probably best known to American fans from the Showtime series "The Tudors," where he played Charles Brandon. Other than that, he's likely more popular in Britain than the United States. His anomimity shouldn't worry fans of the comics (or the previous movies) as Snyder insists he is the right man for the job.
"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," Snyder said in a statement. "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."
This is not Cavill's first attempt to delve into big screen franchises. According to BBC News, Cavill previously auditioned for the role of Bruce Wayne, a role that eventually went to Welsh actor Christian Bale. On top of Batman, he is said to have also missed out on being part of James Bond, leading Empire Magazine to refer to him as "the unluckiest man in Hollywood."
According to MTV, Cavill's name has been circling the Superman franchise since 2002, when Brett Ratner was attempting to re-launch the hero. Apparently, Ratner was interested in casting an unknown talent but the studio wanted a known face rejuvenate the iconic character.
Before any casting could take place, though, Ratner left the project.
The movie franchise changed hands a few times after that but Cavill's name is said to have always been in consideration.
In 2004 McG was helming the movie and Cavill was already attached for a starring role. However, before he could try on those iconic blue tights the movie died a quiet death and eventually Bryan Singer landed the job of making Superman fly again in what would be a totally unconnected film to McG's vision.
Routh is staying busy, however. He has a recurring role on the NBC series "Chuck," and appeared in "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World." He also is starring with Spencer Grammer -- daughter of former "Fraser" star Kelsey Grammer -- in "Missing William" later this year.
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