Another British Actor Lands a Superhero Role
The man who will next don the red cape of probably the most iconic superhero is a British. The casting makes him the third British to land a superhero in recent years.
Henry Cavill, 27, has been named as the next Clark Kent and will be featured in the reboot of the Superman film franchise. The movie, Superman: Man of Steel is set for release December 2012.
Cavill is the third British currently portraying superheroes. Christian Bale is set to do Batman for a third film, a reboot series, while Andrew Garfield will become Spiderman, which is also in reboot mode.
Cavill will be next seen as the Greek hero Theseus in the film Immortals that will be released November 11.
People who are familiar with Cavill know him for portraying Charles Brandon, the 1st Duke of Suffolk, in the television series The Tudors. His stay for the show’s entire four seasons earned him the title “Most Dashing Duke” from Entertainment Weekly.
This is not the first time that Cavill has been attached to a Superman film. He was being considered for the main role for Superman: Flyby but was replaced by Brandon Routh when the film changed director and the film was renamed to Superman Returns.
He was a contender for the role of James Bond for Casino Royale but was deemed too young for the role. He lost two roles to actor Robert Pattinson, the first (fans request) as Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and as Edward Cullen in The Twilight Saga film franchise (author Stephanie Meyer actually wanted him as Edward but was deemed too old for the role). It was also rumored that he auditioned for Batman Begins.