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Actor Henry Cavill is set to portray Clark Kent in director Zack Snyder’s upcoming reboot Superman: Man of Steel.
According to The Wrap, Snyder expressed zeal over Cavill taking the role of Clark Kent:
“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 certainly doesn’t boast the same kind of mainstream familiarity held by Matthew Goode, who was once being considered for this role, but he has built up an impressive résumé that includes a role as Henry VIII on the Emmy Award-winning series The Tudors. In his next project, The Cold Light of Day, he acts alongside veteran actors Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver; the film might even serve as his breakout role.
This will easily fit the bill for Cavill’s most high profile performance, but in the past, he unsuccessfully auditioned to play both Batman and James Bond. In fact, he even tried to play Superman in Bryan Singer’s infamous reboot Superman Returns, but Brandon Routh got that gig instead.
Additionally, author Stephenie Meyer listed him as her first choice to play the permanently teenaged vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight films, though the then-unknown Robert Pattinson nabbed that role. Guess we can be thankful for that one not happening, huh? Can’t imagine anyone playing Edward Cullen also playing Clark Kent. Just doesn’t feel right.
A good amount of controversy ensued upon this casting decision because Cavill isn’t American, but that shouldn’t be an issue at all. Clark Kent himself wasn’t an American; he was a Kryptonian!
It’s a tad bit disappointing that Armie Hammer didn’t get this role, but Cavill might have the chops to pull it off. He certainly doesn’t look like a bad fit for the role.
What are your thoughts on this casting decision?