After months of speculation, Warner Brothers has officially announced the next actor who will don the blue tights of Superman on screen. No, it’s not Jon Hamm, and no, Brandon Routh will not be reprising his role. According to an official press release, British actor Henry Cavill will play Clark Kent and Superman in the upcoming film, tentatively titled Superman: Man of Steel. Cavill is probably best known for playing Charles Brandon on Showtime’s The Tudors. Director Zack Snyder had this to say about the choice:
“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.”
Cavill seems like he should be a pretty good match physically, and although he has plenty of acting experience, he’s not so recognizable that he will be difficult to see in this iconic role. He is also 27 years old, which kind of puts to rest the rumours that Snyder was looking for a middle-aged Man of Steel. Cavill’s other credits include Tristan + Isolde, Stardust and Whatever Works, and he will also appear in Tarsem’s Immortals and The Cold Light of Day starring Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver. Superman: Man of Steel is being planned for a December 2012 release. Do you think Henry Cavill is a good choice to play Superman? Better than Jon Hamm?