Henry Cavill is Superman

Posted by Grey Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The iconic eponymous protagonist in the much-anticipated (and much-needed, at that) reboot of Superman by director Zack Snyder and superstar producer Christopher Nolan has finally been cast.

Meet Henry Cavill, dubbed "the most unlucky man in Hollywood" in the December 2005 edition of Empire Magazine. And yes, he will be Superman, Clark Kent, and Kal El in the much-anticipated reboot of Superman by director Zack Snyder and superstar producer Christopher Nolan.

Quite possibly one of the most notoriously snubbed actor for several sure-fire Hollywood blockbuster franchises, Cavill has been reputed for being in casting rumors for every heroic protagonist roles from the Man of Steel (in Bryan Singer's Superman Returns, Casino Royale's young James Bond, to the film adaptation of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series.

Wikipedia chronicles his almost tragic road to stardom.

While Cavill was rumored to have auditioned for the lead role in Batman Begins, he has confirmed having never screen-tested for nor been offered the role. Henry was also the cause of a write-in effort of fans to see him cast as Cedric in the 2005 Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The role went to Robert Pattinson. Cavill also auditioned for the role of Superman in Superman: Flyby and was attached to the film under McG's direction. However, when McG pulled out, Bryan Singer took over the project and cast Brandon Routh as the lead role in the retitled Superman Returns. In 2005, he became a contender for the role of James Bond in Casino Royale, and performed in a final screentest. The producers and director were torn between Cavill, Daniel Craig, and Sam Worthington. Apparently the director favoured Cavill as a younger version of Bond. However, the producers believed Cavill was too young for the role, which then went to Craig. In the December 2005 edition of Empire Magazine, he was dubbed "the most unlucky man in Hollywood".

Here's a summary of Snyder's reasons to choose him.

“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.”

Before you cringe in horror, Cavill does look good in this James Bond-esque get-up from his Dunhill advert.

And courtesy of Ralph D from Superhero Hype Forums, check out some cool artist renditions of Cavill with the Clark Kent and Superman look.




Here's the official press release, courtesy of Collider:

HENRY CAVILL WILL TAKE ON THE DUAL ROLE OF CLARK KENT / SUPERMAN IN THE NEW FILM FROM WARNER BROS. PICTURES AND LEGENDARY PICTURES

BURBANK, CA, January 30, 2011 – 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.

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