Henry Cavill is the next Superman


This morning, Warner Bros. announced that Zack Snyder’s Superman has been cast. Henry Cavill is perhaps best known for his role in the Showtime drama The Tudors, where he plays Charles Brandon.  Cavill continues a standing tradition of casting lesser-known or complete unknowns as Big Blue. He’s old enough that he will probably be able to maintain the gravitas and charisma necessary for Superman while also young enough to convincingly pull off the origin story-esque tale that Snyder is reportedly filming.

Some people are getting bent out of shape that another British person is playing an American superhero, especially one as thoroughly American as Superman. Kindly remove your head from your nether regions. It really, really doesn’t matter. If the guy can play Superman, we’ll see that eventually. His nationality has no bearing on his acting talent.

This newest iteration of Superman is set to release December 2012. You can also read the full press release below the jump.

[Via /Film]

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today that Henry Cavill has won the coveted role of Superman, the iconic superhero.

The film will be directed by Zack Snyder, who 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.”

Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder are the producers of the film. The screenplay is being written by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and Nolan. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are serving as executive producers.

Cavill recently wrapped production on “The Cold Light of Day” and stars in the upcoming “Immortals,” opening this fall.

Targeted for release in December 2012, the new Superman movie will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.