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Henry Cavill Is An Inspired Casting Choice For Superman

Updated on March 21, 2011

Look, up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane, it's Henry Cavill!

After rumors that included half of the hunks in Hollywood, including the current TV Superman Tom Welling, the star of The Tudors on HBO is now Superman aka Clark Kent aka Kal-El aka The Last Son Of Krypton aka The Man Of Steel in the duly titled 2012 movie by Zack Snyder.

The lineup of actors who supposedly were in line for the role included Brendan Fraser, Chace Crawford, Chad Michael Murray, Channing Tatum, Colin Farrell, Daniel Cudmore, DJ Catrona, Garrett Hedlund, Jared Padalecki, Jason Behr, Joe Manganiello, Josh Hartnett, Jude Law, Karl Urban, Matthew Bomer, Patrick Fluegar, Paul Walker, Robert Buckley, Ryan McPartlin, Sam Worthington, Scott Porter, Tom Welling, Zachary Levi, and darn near every tall, good looking actor in LA!

This Photoshop of Henry Cavill as Superman gives you a real feel for what he's going to be in the 2012 movie!
This Photoshop of Henry Cavill as Superman gives you a real feel for what he's going to be in the 2012 movie! | Source

The omission that frankly surprised me was that Zachary Quinto was never mentioned, and something else that surprised me was that Brandon Routh actually had a significant number of backers to put on the cape again! That would have been an unmitigated disaster, as would have been casting Tom Welling. I doubt that millions of people would have rushed into movie theatres all over the world to watch a two hour version of Smallville!

Let's not even discuss Jon Hamm who would have played the role as Supergrandpa! He would have made a phenomenal Jor-El though! Are you reading this, Zack Snyder?

Surprisingly, Henry Cavill had already donned the cape! When McG was going to direct the Superman movie he had a final screen test in full costume! So Henry should know his way around those blue tights by now. Unfortunately Warner Bros took a sharp left turn and killed the McG Superman in order to hand the franchise to Bryan Singer who had done a phenomenal job with the X-Men. Bryan's movie starring Brandon Routh was a disappointment to many (including me). I loved the first two Chris Reeve movies as much as Bryan, but there was no point just remaking them, especially when you have an actor of the caliber of Brandon, who possesses all of the acting ability of a redwood tree.

We have Superman, the most powerful being on Earth, with God-like superpowers, and the best we can do is come up with a silly remake of the script with Lex Luthor trying to make his own continent… again? Why not bring in Brainiac, or Doomsday, or Darkseid? Someone that Supes can really punch through some mountains? No, let's do the bald guy with no superpowers… again…

Superman: The Man Of Steel is going to be a total reboot which will owe nothing to the Chris or Brandon versions and that's great. We need a new Superman, but please Zack, don't go dark! It is a matter of deep concern that the creative team behind the gloomy and depressing Dark Knight series is behind this movie as well. Superman is the hope of mankind. He is the ultimate protector. He has to be a Boy Scout! Don't make him into a self-doubting schizoid semi-criminal!

Henry dated Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels who would make a great Lois Lane: "Get up you wimp! It's just a bit of Kryptonite! Big deal! A glowing rock! Don't be such a wuss! Move it!"

In perusing the web I found lots of really bad Photoshops of Henry as Superman, but the best one is by far at! Enjoy! Up, up, and away!


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    • Stevennix2001 profile image

      Steven Escareno 

      7 years ago

      Yeah, I have to agree with all your assessments, as I said all along that I doubted Routh or Welling honestly had any chance of being in Nolan and Snyder's reboot of superman. One, if Welling would've been cast, then people would've gotten the notion it was a film based on smallville, and WB doesn't want that as they've been adamant about keeping the TV shows and movies in separate continuities. If Routh would've returned, many people would've thought it was a sequel to "Superman Returns"; which WB definitely doesn't want that.

      I for one am glad that Nolan and Snyder are working on this reboot together. With Nolan's ability to tell great innovative character driven stories mixed in with Snyder's flair for visuals, then you know we'll be in for one helluva a treat.

      As far as the whole dark concept goes, I'm not exactly against it per say, as it depends on what you mean by dark. Like I don't mind if WB makes the world that Superman exists in dark like Lex Luthor and Metropolis, as long as Superman remains that beakan of light that shines through that darkness then i'm okay with it.

      Plus, did you hear about the rumor that Daniel Day Lewis may be up for the role of Lex Luthor? I don't know about you, but i hope that's true, as I always thought he'd be awesome in that role, since I saw "There will be blood" and "gangs of new york."

      Anyways, thanks for the great read. :)

    • OrlandoC profile image


      7 years ago from Glen Ridge

      Don't know if I agree with this choice but you're an awesome writer.


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