Official: Henry Cavill is Your New Man of Steel in Superman Reboot

So much for Jon Hamm or an older, more mature take on the Man of Steel. Warner Bros. and director Zack Snyder have officially announced that they’ve cast young Mr. Henry Cavill (who is 27-years old and counting) as their new Superman/Clark Kent for their upcoming reboot of the franchise. I guess it makes sense, in a way — a younger actor can continue on with the franchise for a while. No doubt Cavill has already been signed on for more than one picture, though as I’ve often said, that is as binding as a sports athlete’s contract, which is to say, not very.

Official press release ahoy:

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.

Besides playing the lead in Tarsem Signh’s upcoming “Immortals”, Cavill is also one of the stars of Showtime’s raunchy period show “The Tudors”.

“Superman” reboots December 2012.