Warner Brothers Pictures and Legendary Pictures confirmed the casting decision in a joint statement on the 30th January 2011. Zack Snyder of 300 is also said to be directing this umpteenth reboot of the Superman film franchise..
Seriously though, who saw that coming?
Like many, I thought the role would have gone to someone like Mad Men’s Jon Hamm or White Collar’s Matt Bomer. I would not have even minded if Brandon Routh was allowed to reprise the role after the ill fated Superman Returns; a movie which I, surprisingly, enjoyed (minus the terrible “Superman is a father now” scenario) but which the critics completely bashed. However, they cast Henry Cavill.
Personally I do not mind that he is the new Superman. He has the look and he can act, which is all that really matters. What I do find odd and interesting though, is that all three of America’s most iconic and truly American comic book characters are now being played by non-Americans. In fact, they are all British with Andrew Garfield as the new Spider-Man and Christian Bale as Batman.
Without a doubt, this is a perfectly prime example of globalisation!
Henry Cavill will be seen later this year playing Greek warrior Theseus in Immortals, and alongside Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver in the thriller The Cold Light of Day.
(Superman fan artwork is courtesy of RalphD)