Our long national nightmare is over: Henry Cavill has been cast as Superman, aka Clark Kent (aka Kal-El, but then who’s counting?) Warner Bros. released an official statement today announcing the casting decision, and director Zack Snyder (300, The Watchmen) had this to say about the decision to cast the Tudors and Stardust star: "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." Snyder’s Superman: Man of Steel boasts a screenplay by Dark Knight screenwriters David Goyer and Jonathan Nolan, and will be produced by Christopher Nolan’s production company. Latino Review had the story.
The actor’s victory is no doubt all the sweeter for the fact that Cavill was passed over for the part in Bryan Singer’s ill-fated Superman Returns. He joins such illustrious actors as George Reeves, Christopher Reeve, Tom Welling, Tim Daly, George Newbern, Brandon Routh, Kirk Alyn, and Adam Baldwin, who have all had the opportunity to play the man of steel at one time or another. Superman: Man of Steel is scheduled to open December, 2012. And just to give you a taste, here’s a picture of Henry Cavill shirtless from Joel Schumacher’s Straight-to-DVD Nazi horror flick Blood Creek. You’re welcome.