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

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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.

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  • TEYAKIS

    bring back Rough,, oh yeah its too lateso who’s jorEL

    • Juggernaut

      Since he didn’t get the part of “Big Blue” I’d like to see Jim Caviezel as Jor-El. Either Kate Beckinsale, Rachel Weisz or Rhona Mitra as Lara. Brian Geraghty as Jimmy Olsen. Brian Dennehey as Perry White. Clive Owen as General Zod, Olivia Wilde as Ursa and Dalip Singh Rana (aka The Great Khali) as Non.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        While I love most of that casting, lets not retread Zod and the gang. Already re did that in “Smallville” AND the comics recently too. I’ll keep your Jesus as Jor-el and Weisz as Lara, and Dennehey as White, but I’d actually use Stacey Keach as I haven’t seen Dennehey lately and dont know how his health is. Besides we need new blood. We need BRAINIAC done right!!! Or Metallo or something!

        • Juggernaut

          I agree with bringing in a new foe. Braniac, Matallo, Parasite, Conduit, Doomsday or even a story with Bizzaro. They’d have to increase the threat level in Bizzaro for him to work on a serious level though. I threw in Zod and the gang because like any good jumping off point there should be glimpses into future installments. Plant the Zod seed in the first film, like the Donner original, then come back to them some time in the franchise. I say Jude Law for Braniac. I’ll have to do some thinking on the others. I wrote a rough treatment for a new Superman film before Singer’s Returns came out and had Clive Owen cast as Conduit.

  • Juggernaut

    Have a The Count Of Monte Cristo reunion! Lol.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    Law as Brainiac would work. I think he could pull off the robotic nature of the character. I was thinking Billy Crudup, but with Modern Family doing so well he isn’t going to have the time.

    • Juggernaut

      Billy Crudup is in Modern Family??? I could see him as Braniac. I like Guy Pierce also. He has a very cold presence in all of his roles that I think would work well for Braniac… listen to me, man I really want a Count Of Monte Cristo reunion!!! Lol. You know, come to think of it, Dagmara Dominczyk could pull off a good Lois! LOL!

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        OOOh I like Guy Piece as Brainiac even more. And Count of Monte Cristo was a great flick, so a cast reunion would be cool. And she could but she’s 5 years older than Cavill, and you know they’re trying for a younger look. 27 is the new 22

        • Juggernaut

          You’re right she’s past her expiration date! Lol. She’s still smokin’ hot though. I also agree with your pick of Stacy Keach for Perry White. Thta would be an awsome cast!
          Cavill as Superman, Emily Blunt as Lois Lane, Stacy Keach as Perry White, Brian Geharty as Jimmy Olson, Terry O’Quinn as Lex Luthor and Guy Pierce as Braniac with Jim Caveizel as Jor-El, Rachel Weisz as Lara, Clive Owen as Zod, Olivia Wilde as Ursa and The Great Khali as Non! Man that would be an awsome movie!!!

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

            I’ll sau!

  • #1 superman fan

    Lois? Should look professional enough to be on CNN, yet vulnerable enough to be scooped up in Sup’s arms. Terry Hatcher was my all time fav for Lois. That little Tanit Phoenix, looks like she might be a great pic, didn’t like any of the others mentioned in the comments. Erica Durance seemed a little harsh for the role, never liked her in Smallville. The others just didn’t have the face either.

  • ThorsFury

    Why are they getting these skinny GQ types to play physically powerful super heroes !?!?

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      Cause it’s Hollywood. they’ll bulk him up a bit. But in the end it doesn’t matter. Superman’s strength doesn’t come from his muscles per say but his physiology. His muscles are denser than normal human which allows him to lift more, but that doesn’t mean they have to be huge. part of the spectacle of Superman on screen is seeing a man who looks regularly fit, being able to lift something huge.

  • Thelionknight

    Superman is not meant to be a “dark-down-to-earth-gritty-character”. He’s supossed to be almost a God. A Light in the darkness. Someone who is upon and over all human weakness except, maybe, loneliness. I bet for a classic Superman character treatment… and I hope the Fortress of Solitude still to be made from crystals!!… let’s keep Donner’s vision!!!…. Superman is NOT Batman!!! (for Batman it was right going “dark and gritty” cause, what the hell!, he’s human after all…. but it’s not a good idea, not for Superman). I hope they’ll stay true to the character.

  • SupesFan83

    I liked Routh as Superman. I thought he did the part as well as he could have given the amount of lines/action he was dealt. I know it would have been confusing to keep him on as Supes with a reboot, he pulled the part off perfectly for me. I would love to see Rachel McAdams as Lois. Even though this is a reboot, I really hope they keep the Williams score.

  • amilcar

    First, I hope “they” don’t do the whole intro to again. I don’t think Brandon Routh is a bad choice… however he needs better scripting. And he pulls the smaller more modern underwear look off quite well. Know one wants to see in big underwear… that is old fashion and silly. Talk about silly, Lex! Please don’t make him silly and idiotic. DC has a lunatic… the Joker! Lex is got sex appeal and he is one of the smartest men in the DC world. He is the bad guy everyone likes… “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” that is Lex. In short, please break away from the original superman. Mr. Reeve made us all believe that a man could fly. That was his gift he left the world. Please please don’t make another Mr. Reeve. We need a new Superman. A new hero. A new super hero a new Superman………….. Make us believe again. my name is amilcar from south africa descobridor.terranossa@hotmail.com

  • Descobridor Terranossa

    First, I hope “they” don’t do the whole intro to again. I don’t think Brandon Routh is a bad choice… however he needs better scripting. And he pulls the smaller more modern underwear look off quite well. Know one wants to see in big underwear… that is old fashion and silly. Talk about silly, Lex! Please don’t make him silly and idiotic. DC has a lunatic… the Joker! Lex is got sex appeal and he is one of the smartest men in the DC world. He is the bad guy everyone likes… “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” that is Lex. In short, please break away from the original superman. Mr. Reeve made us all believe that a man could fly. That was his gift he left the world. Please please don’t make another Mr. Reeve. We need a new Superman. A new hero. A new super hero a new Superman………….. Make us believe again. descobridor.terranossa@hotmail.com

  • Neioghni

    This is a slap in the face for all Superman lovers. The real Clark Kent is no one else than Tom Welling.