Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today that Henry Cavill (a.k.a. Showtime's 1st Duke of Suffolk Charles Brandon on The Tudors) has won the coveted role of Superman, the iconic superhero for the planned 2012 cinematic Superman reboot.Wow this is great news, he looks the part, I can really see him as Superman. I'm hoping this new movie will be very action packed, with a worthwhile blockbuster story and a very threatening villain. My personal vote for the bad guy is Brainiac, both a mental and physical opponent, but a December 2012 release date?, man that's so far away to finally see a new Superman movie.
Like his fellow English actor Christian "Batman" Bale, he's a beefy dude with a strong jawline and powerful chest hair and beard-growing abilities. Naturally, I hope Snyder capitalizes on these attributes for at least one super burly scene where Superman clears, then quickly replants an entire forest (in order to rebuild an orphanage or something rad). That's regrettably unlikely, but with Christopher Nolan producing the film, at least we can trust Cavill's Superman will probably punch something onscreen.
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.
Cavill recently wrapped production on “The Cold Light of Day” and stars in the upcoming “Immortals,” opening this fall. Targeted for release in December 2012, the new Superman movie will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
If you wondering who I think make a great Lex Luthor, John Hamm is that answer. Just watch this hilarious video, and you'll see why.