Henry Cavill of Showtime’s “The Tudors” was selected by Warner Bros. and director, Zack Snyder to play Superman in the latest Man of Steel movie, says comicsbeat.com. The 28 year old actor, who plays Sir Charles Brandon on The Tudors, was originally slated to play the Man of Steel in “Superman Returns” under director McG, but lost the role when it was moved to director Bryan Singer, according to MTV.com.
Director Zack Snyder was quoted as saying, “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,” says Slashfilm.com.
Henry Cavill will be a much more contemporary Superman than the Man of Steel that the Generation X fans grew up with. Christopher Reeves set Clark Kent as a somewhat nerdy, socially inept journalist who tripped over his ever comment to Lois Lane. He was a loveable oaf. One wonders if Clark Kent might be a little more suave in this iteration played by a present-day briton.
Henry Cavill is set to play the lead role as Will Shaw in director Mabrouk El Mechri’s “The Cold Light of Day” opposite Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver, according to Buzznet.com. “The Cold Light of Day” is set to release sometime in 2011.
Henry Cavill will also star as Theseus in this year’s “Immortals” with Mickey Rourke and John Hurt, and directed by Tarsem Singh. “Immortals” is set to release on November 11, 2011., says Buzznet.com, who reported a first picture of muscled and shirtless Henry Cavill in his role as Theseus. Also, Comicsbeat.com has more shirtless pictures of Henry Cavill.
The British actor has had roles in such films as “The Count of Monte Cristo”, “Tristan + Isolde” and “Stardust” , according to IMDB.com.