By: Kryptonian Detective
Look….Up in the sky….It’s a bird… It’s a plane….It’s Henry Cavill! Warner Brothers Pictures has officially announced that Henry Cavill has been cast in the role of Clark Kent/Kal – El/Superman. This is not Cavill’s first foray with the character. He was in contention for the role back in the McG/Ratner era, as well as Bryan Singer’s “Superman Returns”. It appears it took the combined genius of Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder to give Henry Cavill the coveted role. Commenting on the selection of Cavill, director Zack Snyder 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.”
I agree completely with Snyder, Cavill is a fantastic choice to play Superman. There is no denying that he has the Superman look. The young actor is 27 years old, and stands at 6’1. More importantly, this man can act. He is most known for his roles in the television series “The Tudors” and the film “The Count of Monte Cristo” The more I think about it, the casting of Cavill mirror’s the casting of Christian Bale for “Batman Begins.” In both cases, you have a quality actor who has all the physical qualities to play the role, isn’t the most well known actor, but is a fan favorite for the role. To those fans, who are up in arms over the fact that Henry Cavill is British, GET OVER IT! So is Christian Bale, but you’d never know it watching him as Batman. The most important attribute is acting ability, which Henry Cavill has in spades. I have no doubt that he will be able to perform a convincing American accent.
That worked out wonders for Batman and hopefully lightening will strike twice. I’m not going to compare him to Christopher Reeve because that would be unfair, as it is to any actor. However, having seen Henry Cavill in a couple of roles, he definitely has the range and ability to make the role of Superman his own, be Superman for a new generation, and take the character to new heights just as Reeve back in 1978.