Deadline reports that British actor Henry Cavill, he of Showtime’s The Tudors, has been cast as The Man of Steel in Zack Snyder’s reboot of the Superman franchise. About Cavill, a Warner Bros. executive told Deadline, “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. We’re really going to try and make Superman as contemporary as possible.”
As it turns out, Cavill had previously been in the running for Batman/Bruce Wayne before Christian Bale landed the role in the now-classic Christopher Nolan franchise, was passed over for the role of James Bond because of his youthful look, and was heavily considered for the role of Superman when McG and Brett Ratner were helming what would eventually become Superman Returns, directed by Bryan Singer, and starring Brandon Routh as the titular hero.
Poor Brandon Routh.
Zack Snyder’s take on Superman will hit theaters in December 2012.
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