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New Superman: Henry Cavill

Updated on April 25, 2016

Henry Cavill had been cast in the role of Clark Kent / Superman in director Zack Snyder's Superman: Man Of Steel

Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder have found their new Superman. The company sent out a press release on Jan 30,2011 to announced that Henry Cavill (Stardust, The Tudors, Tarsem's forthcoming Immortals and an actor who auditioned for Christopher Nolan's Batman) is the new son of Krypton. read full story

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1. Superman Movie History

Superman (1978) : Christopher Reeve

Superman (also known as Superman: The Movie) is a 1978 superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Richard Donner directed the film, which stars Christopher Reeve as Superman, as well as Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, Marlon Brando, Glenn Ford, Phyllis Thaxter, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Valerie Perrine and Ned Beatty. The film depicts the origin of Superman, from infancy as Kal-El of Krypton and growing up in Smallville. Disguised as reporter Clark Kent, he adopts a mild-mannered attitude in Metropolis and develops a romance with Lois Lane, while battling the villainous Lex Luthor.

Superman II (1980), III (1983), IV (1987): Christopher Reeve

"Christopher Reeve has become an instant international star on the basis of his first major movie role, that of Clark Kent/Superman. Film reviewers - regardless of their opinion of the film - have been almost unanimous in their praise of Reeve's dual portrayal. He is utterly convincing as he switches back and forth between personae." - Starlog

Much of Superman II was filmed at the same time as the first film. After most of the footage had been shot, the producers had a disagreement with director Richard Donner over various matters including money and special effects, and they mutually parted ways. He was replaced by director Richard Lester, who had the script changed and reshot some footage. The cast was unhappy, but Reeve later said that he liked Lester and considered Superman II to be his favorite of the series. Due to fan encouragement, Richard Donner's version of Superman II, titled Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut, was released on DVD in 2006 and dedicated to Reeve.

Superman III, released in 1983, was filmed entirely by Lester. Reeve believed that the producers ruined it by turning it into a Richard Pryor comedy. He missed Richard Donner and believed that Superman III's only saving grace was the junkyard scene in which evil Superman fights Clark Kent in an internal battle.

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace was released in 1987. After Superman III, Reeve vowed that he was done with Superman. However, he accepted the role on the condition that he would have partial creative control over the script. The nuclear disarmament plot was his idea. The production rights were given to Cannon Films, who cut the budget in half to $17 million. The film was a major flop and Reeve later said, "the less said about Superman IV the better."

Superman Returns (2006): Brandon Routh

Superman Returns is a 2006 superhero film based on the DC Comics character Superman. Directed by Bryan Singer, the film stars Brandon Routh as Superman, as well as Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, James Marsden, Frank Langella, and Parker Posey. It is a sequel to Superman (1978) and, to a lesser extent, Superman II (1980) and ignores the events of the two previous installments in the Superman film series -- Superman III (1983) and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987). The film tells the story of the title character returning to Earth after several years of absence. He finds that his love interest Lois Lane has moved on with her life, and that his archenemy Lex Luthor is plotting a scheme that will destroy the United States.

For five years, Superman (Brandon Routh) has been away from Earth, coaxed into space by a belief that Krypton may still exist. In the time he's been away, the world has changed--not only has terrorism become rampant, but Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) has been living with Perry White's nephew (James Marsden), started a family, and won a Pulitzer Prize for her piece "Why the World Doesn't Need Superman. read full story

Superman II (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Superman II (Two-Disc Special Edition)

In the year of Superman Returns, Superman II starring Christopher Reeve also returns - with a totally different beginning and resolution.

Superman III (Deluxe Edition)
Superman III (Deluxe Edition)

After Superman: The Movie's epic storytelling and Superman II's awesome battles, how could the first two hits be topped? In Superman III, meet Gus Gorman (Richard Pryor), a half-witted computer programming natural.

Superman IV - The Quest for Peace (Deluxe Edition)
Superman IV - The Quest for Peace (Deluxe Edition)

Christopher Reeve not only dons the title hero's cape for the fourth time but also helped develop the movie's provocative theme: nuclear disarmament.

Superman Returns (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Superman Returns (Two-Disc Special Edition)

He's back. A hero for our millennium. And not a moment too soon, because during the five years (much longer in movie-fan years!) Superman sought his home planet, things changed on his adopted planet. Nations moved on without him. Brandon Routh proves a perfect choice to wear the hero's cape, leading a top cast that includes Kate Bosworth as Lois and Kevin Spacey as Lex.


Ralph Damiani created this photoshoped image

Henry Cavill grew up in Jersey, Channel Islands. Jersey is his home but he is currently, in his own words, "floating around the world." He has four brothers and a pet parrot.

Henry Cavill was a main actor the boarding school he attended. The boarding school, Stowe School, is located in Buckingham. His roles include Oberon in a rendition of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream", and Sonny in "Grease". He also starred as Hamlet in "40 Minutes", which he also happens to have directed. Henry Cavill starred in Dennis Berry's Laguna opposite Joe Mantegna. He enjoyed working in Laguna more than all his other movies because he played the lead and therefore developed a close relationship with the director.

Since then he has appeared in a couple of well-known movies such as The Count of Monte Cristo and I Capture the Castle. He also has a number of lesser-known movies, and television movies. He delivered a captivating performance as Chas Quilter in Inspector Lynley's Mysteries: Well-Schooled in Murder.

He has worked with the actor Bill Nighy twice, once in I Capture the Castle and also Well-Schooled in Murder. He has worked with the young actor Joe Sowerbutts three times, also in 'Capture', 'Well-Schooled' and briefly in Goodbye, Mr. Chips.

Cavill auditioned for the lead role in Batman Begins, but lost out to Christian Bale. In 2005, he became a young contender for the role of James Bond, and performed in a final screentest. However, the producers believed Cavill was too young for the role, which then went to Daniel Craig. He also auditioned for the role of Superman in Superman Returns, and was reportedly under heavy consideration before the October 2004 casting of Brandon Routh. Due to this; In the December 2005 edition of Empire Magazine, he was dubbed "...the most unlucky man in Hollywood".

3. His Role In Film

Stardust, The Count of Monte Cristo, Tristan & Isolde, Man of Steel, Whatever Works


The Count of Monte Cristo

Man of Steel

Cavill involved himself with European dramatic plays during his early acting career. Cavill's first film appearances include one of 2002's successful dramatics, an adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo shortly followed by roles in the nouveau film I Capture the Castle (2003) and an experimental High-Def movie entitled Red Riding Hood (2004). Additionally, he starred in Hellraiser: Hellworld, released in 2005. In 2006, had a supporting role in Tristan & Isolde.

Clips of Henry Cavill in Tristan and Isolde

Tristan and Isolde (Full Screen Edition)
Tristan and Isolde (Full Screen Edition)

Luscious cinematography and even more luscious stars make Tristan & Isolde a feast for the eyes. Adapted from the medieval love story, the movie begins with with young Tristan (played as a child by Thomas Sangster, Love Actually) as he sees his parents killed by the tyrannical Irish, who ruled over a fractured Britain after the Roman occupation. Taken in by Marke (Rufus Sewell, Dark City), who rules one of the British tribes, Tristan (James Franco, Spider-Man) grows up to be a young prince and a mighty warrior--and when he's believed slain in battle, he's given a royal funeral, which sends him out sea in a burning boat. But the fire goes out and Tristan washes ashore on Ireland, where Isolde (Sophia Myles, Art School Confidential), the daughter of the Irish king, nurses him back to health. Being a lovely pair of young folk bursting with hormones, they fall madly in love... and set in motion a tragic tale that's lasted for centuries in many variations. Some reviewers have criticized Tristan & Isolde for deviating from the most common classical version, but the movie's storyline--though certainly altered to appeal to modern audiences--is fairly strong. Myles and especially Sewell turn in strong performances; Franco, however, though surprisingly persuasive as a warrior, never burns as a lover. Nonetheless, the loving shots of Franco's muscular physique will make this a must-have for his fans. --Bret Fetzer

Whatever Works [Blu-ray]
Whatever Works [Blu-ray]

Evan Rachel Wood (Actor), Larry David (Actor), Henry Cavill (Actor), Woody Allen (Director) | Rated: PG-13 | Format: Blu-ray

Blood Creek
Blood Creek

Dominic Purcell (Actor), Henry Cavill (Actor), Joel Schumacher (Director) | Rated: R | Format: DVD

Stardust (Full Screen Edition)
Stardust (Full Screen Edition)

Stardust settles over the viewer like a twinkly cloak. The film, which captures the magic and vision of author Neil Gaiman's fantasy graphic fable, is a transportive journey into a world of true enchantment, which fans of the Harry Potter books will enjoy as well as will adults looking for the perfect date movie. The tale is a not-so-simple love story and adventure, set in 19th century England--and an alternate universe of witches, spells and stars that turn human--and hold the key to eternal life.

Red Riding Hood
Red Riding Hood

An adolescent girl, Red, is tasked by her mother with delivering a package to her grandmother who lives deep in the magic Forest. What she doesn't know is that her mission masks an even greater task: to carry on the age old fairy tale legacy and become Red Riding Hood. However, before she can become the legendary maiden in red, Red must overcome her fears to ultimately outwit and defeat the Big, Bad Wolf.


Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Henry VIII and Henry Cavill as Charles Brandon

Henry Cavill as Charles Brandon and Rebekah Wainwright as Catherine Brandon The Tudors

His well known leading role in the Showtime series The Tudors (38 episodes, 2007-2010) playing the historical character of Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk, brother-in-law to Henry VIII of England and supporter of Queen Catherine of Aragon.

List of his television role:

2002 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries and Goodbye, Mr. Chips

2003 Midsomer Murders

2007-2010 The Tudors : He played the main role, Charles Brandon

Henry Cavill talks about his career and his character Charles in the Showtime original series The Tudors.

In early 2008, Cavill was featured in Dunhill fragrance advertising. The television ad features a suited up Cavill walking through the Union Jack flag, before mounting a helicopter. The second television ad features Cavill driving a car, through a deserted London at night, and meeting with a young woman.

The making of Dunhill London Fragrance TV Commercial

Henry Cavill on the Cover of Neo2 October 2009

Henry Cavill on Twist Magazine

HENRY CAVILL in Glamour Magazine's photoshoot

HENRY CAVILL in Glamour Magazine's BTS photoshoot and these other hotties are featured as well: Jim Sturgess, Matthew Goode, Tom TomStu Sturridge, Alex Pettyfer, Luke Evans and Eddie Redmayne

Henry appears at the 2:07 minutes mark, right after Matthew Goode

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The Dark Knight (Single-Disc Widescreen Edition)
The Dark Knight (Single-Disc Widescreen Edition)

Dark Knight DVD. One of the top sellers in action movies still ! Directed by Christopher Nolan - Starring Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart Warner Home Video - Rated PG13 - 153 min - Crime Drama - Region: 1 (USA & territories, Canada)

Watchmen (Director's Cut)
Watchmen (Director's Cut)

Jackie Earle Haley (Actor), Patrick Wilson (Actor), Zack Snyder (Director) | Rated: R | Format: DVD

Iron Man (Two-Disc Ultimate Edition + BD Live) [Blu-ray]
Iron Man (Two-Disc Ultimate Edition + BD Live) [Blu-ray]

Robert Downey Jr. (Actor), Gwyneth Paltrow (Actor) | Rated: PG-13 | Format: Blu-ray

Fantastic Four (Widescreen Edition)
Fantastic Four (Widescreen Edition)

Ioan Gruffudd (Actor), Michael Chiklis (Actor), Tim Story (Director) | Rated: PG-13 | Format: DVD

The Incredible Hulk [Blu-ray]
The Incredible Hulk [Blu-ray]

Edward Norton (Actor), Liv Tyler (Actor), Louis Leterrier (Director) | Rated: PG-13 | Format: Blu-ray


This is it, the comic book Holy Grail, the one that introduced the world to Superman. The cover bears the famous - if somewhat crude - drawing of Superman smashing a car against a rock. Written and drawn by Jerome Siegel and Joe Shuster, the comic introduced Superman as "Champion of the oppressed, the physical marvel who had sworn to devote his existence to helping those in need!" The last survivor of the doomed planet Krypton (duh), Superman could "leap 1/8th of a mile; hurdle a 20-story building raise tremendous weights run faster than an express train and nothing less than a bursting shell could penetrate his skin!" Superman was so popular, he became the first character to get his very own comic book. Superman #1 hit newsstands in the summer of 1939. The Man of Steel has held up pretty well, you could say. Read full story

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      6 years ago

      i loved. just it

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      6 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      Hi as I previously mentioned I included this on my henry cavill lens (I've published it but for some reason I still have to get a greenlight request even though I've reworded everything on that page.

      Anyway could you include it on your page (at least that way you can check in on occasion to see it once the bugs are worked out)

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      6 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      I added this to my Henry Cavill Lens stay tuned it will be PublishedProbably the first of March as Cold light of Day is coming out!

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      6 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      I added this to my Henry Cavill Lens stay tuned it will be PublishedProbably the first of March as Cold light of Day is coming out!

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      6 years ago

      I'm very excited to this movie and him star as Superman.


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