Henry Cavill to star as Superman
January 31st, 2011
09:32 AM ET

Henry Cavill to star as Superman

"The Tudors" star Henry Cavill's career is about to soar to new heights: The Brit actor has officially landed the coveted role as the Man of Steel in the upcoming Superman movie reboot.

β€œIn 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,” the movie's director, Zack Snyder, says of Cavill. β€œI 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.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, 27-year-old Cavill beat out fellow Brit Matthew Goode, "White Collar" star Matthew Bomer, "True Blood" actor Joe Manganiello and "The Social Network's" Armie Hammer for the part of Clark Kent's alter ego.

But this isn't the first time Cavill has attempted to play superhero. He previously tried out for 2006's "Superman Returns" but lost the role to Brandon Routh and was beat out by Christian Bale for 2005's "Batman Begins."

The new Superman movie is expected to fly into theaters in December 2012.

What do you think of Cavill's casting?

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  1. jay

    TOM WELLING should play superman no dought about it and please stop casting brits and aussie's to play our super hero's

    May 30, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Robb

    Everyone keeps saying "he was great in the Tudors". Well that shows you how many people have seen it.

    February 9, 2011 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Robb

    I say that now that a Brit is playing Superman, all bets are off! An American can now play 007! Screw it! Let's have James Bond be a midget! Oh, I forgot it's "little person" now. And let's see what the reaction would be if an actor born and raised in the United States was suddenly cast as the 12th Doctor.

    February 9, 2011 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. tourpro77

    it will never work with this guy tom welling has made us all beleive in superman man again and has earned our respect as superman ,wait and see without tom welling it will be another superman returns crash.

    February 6, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. FotomanDave

    Tom Welling has played Clark Kent for the past ten years. Smallville is the longest running Sci-Fi show in history. Evidently he has done something right. For those that say Smallville is far fetched and claim to be true fans, then they would know that the show lines up almost identical to the Superboy comics of the 50's. Tom Welling has come fullcircle as an actor and he could easily pull the part off and he should. I think WB is slapping all Smallville and superman fans in the face by not choosing Tom Welling. Regardless if you like his red leather jacket or not, Chris Reeves and Tom Welling will always be Superman.

    February 2, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. statsjockey

    "I say old chap, you're bloody well saved". It doesn't seem to work now, does it?

    February 1, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. b

    British invasion!! Piers Morgan, Ricky Gervais, Russell Brand, Henry Cavill OMGGGG. It should have been Dwight Howard or Shaq! Kim Kardashian or Snooki as Superwoman!

    February 1, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. johnnyc

    How come all the he is hot comments are coming from men!? Does that sound like a good choice now if he attracts men?

    February 1, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angie

      Those comments are from women trust me! We (women) think he's hot.

      February 1, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Scott

    Love him in The Tudors - total hottie. A great choice.

    Can't wait to see him in his Superman suit.

    February 1, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Victor

    Just because Tom Welling has been playing Clark Kent for ten years does not mean he should graduate to the big screen.

    His Superman/Clark Kent is very different from what has been protrayed on the comic books and movies, so I'm not sure he'd be an instant hit if he was cast.

    This Cavill fellow looks like he can do the part justice. I say let the man give it a shot and then cast your judgments.

    February 1, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      Even if Tom never played the part in Smallville, and both Cavil,Welling are actor from another TV series , you could see that Mr. Welling has the looks and is better suited to play the part.Yes will see what he can do ,cause we now have no choice. No matter how this movie does financially and critically with Tom it would have been better. In my opinion it will not be a success.

      February 1, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chris

    The real Superman will be seen in may 2011 , when Tom Welling will finally be Superman. As for the Man of Steel , that will be a failed movie. A financial disaster for WB.

    February 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. James Madison

    Superman is not Clark Kent's alter-ego. Clark Kent is Superman's alter-ego.

    February 1, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Miss.mascara

    I've been sitting here this whole time thinking what happened to Toby Maguire

    February 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. a3

    Superman returns was a horrible movie... ol Mr. Reeves rolled over in his grave because of it. I don't know who this new guy is really but im glad to see a new Superman. Im a huge Flash fan and rumors on his film are that the crew from the Green Lantern film is doing him. A CGI suit???... talk about s***! But with the new Superman you got the Batman and Dark Knight guys helping out so it should be good.

    February 1, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  15. ronski

    All american super hero....isn't he from another planet?

    February 1, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • brandon

      Raised by an AMERICAN family and given to the world for protection from world threat from inside or outside our world, but he can not mingle in politics or human affairs ,unless its a threat to humanity. The Actor if not Welling should have been played by an American Actor.

      February 1, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Holden Marks

    I'm disappointed that Brandon Routh wasn't hired again as he was in my opinion a great Superman, though the script he was dealing with didn't do him any favors. As far as Mr. Cavill goes, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt, and wait and see. By the way, as to who the "real" persona is, despite his vast power and alien heritage, Superman ultimately sees himself as a midwestern farm boy who's values come from being raised in an honest, loving, and straight-forward manner by his adoptive parents. This is how most writers portray him.

    February 1, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  17. AC

    Tom Welling = Superman

    February 1, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  18. m

    for all those claiming superman has to be America...you are missing the point. siegal and shuster were actually both Jewish and used the character as a metaphor for the immigrant experience. superman, is the ultimate immigrant who comes to love respect and even fight for his adopted land (first America and then earth)..in fact some of the best superman stories I remember are when the writers stress that he is an alien and use that to add depth to the character. remember superman (ka-el) is his real self and Clark Kent is his alter..so hopefully this non American actor can bring this depth to the character

    February 1, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  19. STaylor

    Why does Superman always have to be white?

    February 1, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  20. Thadd

    Superman is not Clark Kent's alter ego. Clark Kent is Superman's alter ego. An alter ego is who you pretend to be. And he pretends to be Clark Kent

    February 1, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  21. Quantumleap67

    Cavill's got the good looks and all but I thought Routh fit the role perfectly and continued on the Richard Donner story...now there's gonna be a reboot? I don't like the idea, any more than I like the spiderman movie actors/storyline reboot πŸ™

    February 1, 2011 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
  22. karen t

    He was fantastic in the Tudors so I look forward. To him as Superman!!!!

    February 1, 2011 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
  23. doubt

    another crap choice.

    February 1, 2011 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
  24. Zatoichi

    Guess he has to be British, there are no more phone booths left in America!

    February 1, 2011 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
  25. Ben Dover

    Honey...it's late...stop blogging and come to bed.

    February 1, 2011 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
  26. Eilene Dover

    Wellings lips are too red. He looks like a girl! Cavill is a HUNK!!!! And by the time Hollyweird gets done with him he WILL look like the man with the big red ESS! Probably the best one yet! He is flippin GORGEOUS! I will go just to see HIM! This one is going to make everyone a lotta MOOLAH!

    February 1, 2011 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
  27. Eilene Dover

    To all you squares that say you're not going to see this film, I say...Sure ya will! You're so engrossed in the subject that you've seen all the other SM movies, you watch Smallville, you spend time on this blog and you're so "into" the character you think YOU know best who should play SM. Admit it! You're a Superman Junkie and you'd rather starve to death than miss this film! ROFLMAO!

    February 1, 2011 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
  28. Atlanta Roofing

    so wrong choice... Henry cpould be a great Robin but he is not the MAN OF STEEL.
    Guys, Superman is a very tall guy like a mountain without big emotions (like Arnold Schwarzenegger in his best years), he has a strange aura somehow unfriendly but correct Β΄cause Superman is an alien from another planet. He is like steel but Henry is like the man of charming fire.

    February 1, 2011 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
    • MsKitty

      This guy is over 6 feet tall...muscle can be packed on with a little work...don't be dumb...

      February 2, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Denny Malone

    Besides, any SuperMan reprisal can't be too far off from the Christopher Reeve and his interglatic Krypton Dad Marlon Brando storyline. I'll just be that homespun amazed earthling Dad who sheperds him to his glorious calling in life; besides we resemble each other, except for his cleft in his chin, and my dimples.

    February 1, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  30. MGLRB

    Brandon Routh was known actually. He played a gay character on One Life to Live on ABC. With that said, Cavill is a great actor.

    February 1, 2011 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  31. Denny Malone

    Good choice, strong jaw, sensitive eyes, probably a mesmorphic, buffed build; now how about using American actor 'Denny Malone', to play his Dad? That's right who?

    February 1, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  32. where's da beef?

    Show me some skin gorgeous.

    February 1, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  33. Donovan

    I really don't care about how he looks like as long as this new movie is better than the last one witch suckd big time! No, seriuslly! even Hancok was a better 'superman' movie.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  34. rene

    Henry rollings ex-black flag singer thats ur superman

    January 31, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Richard in Arizona

    While I believe that Bryan Singer & Brandon Routh did an stellar turn with Superman Returns, money is the name of game and WB wants more as in "Dark Knight money" ( $700 m plus). Oh, well, others have done it so we'll have to wait and see what greed produces.

    January 31, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Pattreece Porter

    Excellent choice!

    January 31, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Dizzyd

    Be interesting to see how he pulls it off

    January 31, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  38. MattInMaine

    Doesn't seem to fit the Clark Kent roll. Big shoes to fill with this movie. They should've cast an unknown like they did with Christopher Leaves and Branding Routh.

    January 31, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  39. The Woof

    Well if he can play the part and not have a noticeable accent, then go for it. I just hope that they remember that Clark Kent was raised in Kansas and I would hope that Mr. Cavill will spend some time in Kansas to pick up that accent.

    January 31, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Namecass

    Should be interesting.

    January 31, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Tom

    Now what? Superman with a British accent?? Is nothing sacred?

    January 31, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Stubbs

    Keep Superman American

    January 31, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  43. HouMom

    PERFECT!! Loved him in the Tudors.

    January 31, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Jon

    What part of "Truth, Justice and the AMERICAN way." do the producers of the new film not understand?

    January 31, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  45. al

    And he was an ILLEGAL ALIEN

    January 31, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Kinsa

    the same movies over and over and over again.. sigh

    January 31, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  47. candice

    All the men did not died horrible deaths. George Reeves was an apparent suicide and Christopher Reeve was a tragic accident that led to complications resulting in death. Only 2 of the last 8 actors died too soon. I would say the last 3 have had very good careers. Tom is still playing Superman on the CW.

    January 31, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  48. candice

    Agreed! Routh was so prefect as Superman. I was really hoping he would come back and do another one. This new guy might be hot & British, but can he be SUPERMAN?

    January 31, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  49. gaby

    Tom Welling!!! It should have been him!!!

    January 31, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  50. JM

    I am so happy!! Henry Cavill is such a great entertainer!! I loved watching him on the Tudors, and was sad when the show ended. Not to mention he is HOT! I haven't seen any of the Superman movies, but I will now for the eye candy!!

    January 31, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Wayne

    What? Brandon Routh was PERFECT. Leave well enough alone Hollywood! Henry Cavill is too young & too immature looking to play an American icon- like Leo Decaprio playing Howard Huges.

    January 31, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Bad Karma

    Remeber that all the men who played Superman died a horrible death... There is a curse

    January 31, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • will

      Only two, ironically named but not related, actors died, George Reeves was murdered, and Christopher Reeve had a mishap upon recovering from the paralysis from the horse accident.

      January 31, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Nate

    I think this is a good choice. Brandon Routh was not good as Superman, and Superman Returns was an atrocious film and a blemish to the Superman legacy, so I'm glad they're rebooting it. Everything from the plot to the treatment of the characters to the lack of a real villain (ANOTHER land grab scheme by Lex Luthor?? That alerady happened in Superman I) made that movie terrible. I'm looking forward to Cavill with oversight by Christopher Nolan.

    January 31, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Super dissapointed

    Ugh! No offense to Mr. Cavill , I'm sure he's a fine actor, but another brit? Seriously? There weren't any American actors qualified for the part? Yes, it is true that Superman is an alien, however he was raised as an American and fought for American values. Although he may have been drawn by a Canadian he is an American hero. He should be played by an American.

    January 31, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • will

      Well, I guess you will forever be super disappointed, because many great leaders were not American. Superman was, as you have remarkably figured out, is alien. He would have no ties to any Earth races, speak with no dialect or accent, and very well could speak various languages. Plus, many actors have and do pull off the "American image" and "dialect" and yet not be of this country. The whole persona of acting and film making is the concept of making make-believe, real and entertaining.

      January 31, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Super dissapointed

      Well I guess you forgot that Superman was raised in the USA (although ficticious American town of Smallville). And as I recall fights for "Truth, Justice, and the American way". Of course that is no longer PC. As for the dialect, I imagine having spent his youth in Smallvile, it would be American english. Regardless of whether he could speak other languages too. An American character created, at the time, for an American audience. Yes, many great historical figure in American history were not American. Seems an irrelevant point.

      January 31, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  55. QuietStormX

    I looked through most of these and I'm saying why a Britich actor for a American caractor? Hollywood is so boring with remakes and nothing new. I have a problem with this one also... If they are doing this, why don't they search for a Black Man? Give the film some color for a change.

    January 31, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Amy

    Henry Cavill is a true hottie, and I couldn't get enough of him in The Tudors. I'm going to be first in line for Superman!

    January 31, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Matt

    Don't really care about this, just happy there is nothing on CNN about snooki or the dumb show jersy shore.. Ha about time.

    January 31, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  58. kim

    I think this is a great choice. I remember first seeing Henry as the son...in the "Count of Monte Cristo" and he was quite good...looking and acting in that role. Plus his turn in "Tudors". So it's nice to see him finally get a a chance at a 'starring' role. Let's hope the director, screenwriter(s) and producer(s) do their jobs...and give him a story line/movie wothy of a new SUPERMAN!!!

    January 31, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  59. ANGEL

    It doesnt matter who the new Superman is going to be because if they mess up the plot, the directing, and the rest of the cast, it's just gonna be mess just like the last 3 or 4 Superman movies!!! I'll wait for it to come on cable!!!

    January 31, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  60. HR

    I LOVE Henry Cavill... He was my favorite character in the Tudors... I think it's funny that all these people won't see the movie because they're changing the actors... I'll see it, even though I'm not necessarily a Superman fan, just because Cavill, Nolan and Snyder are involved... This will be awesome!!

    January 31, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  61. spence

    No limey can play the Man Of Steel! Just like no Yank should play James Bond.

    January 31, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Aenus

    Joe Manganiello was to me the best choice. Although Cavill is a great actor! We will just have to wait and see. But, after being bored by the last superman movie. They better get it right!

    January 31, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sooper Lovr

      I agree. Joe is a great actor and should have been Superman. He's 6'5" as opposed to 6'1", American, and a totally ripped hunk.

      February 18, 2011 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  63. Nic S

    How dare Hollywood hire a human actor to play an alien character! I'm boycotting this until Kryptonian actors are allowed to play Kryptonian roles! Who's with me??

    January 31, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Nic S

    Lol, I love the comments where people have already decided they're not going to see this already because the director didn't choose the actor they wanted. Just hilarious.

    January 31, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • ItsAlwaysSomething

      I have decided not to see it. They think Nolan is magical and makes the box offices sell out. They are wrong, Viewers make the box office sell out. This is the only way they'll learn. Give the ppl what they want. We have tolerated Bale, mostly bc of Heath Ledger (no one saw his first Batman despite his planted "rave reviews"). But we're not going to put up with any more Brits playing American Superheroes. And I'm gonna guess the new numbers are about to reflect that. If Brits want some Superheroes then they need to get to writing and stop trying monopolize ours...

      February 7, 2011 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  65. Chuck

    I don't know why they need another Superman movie anyway. He's boring. He can do anything. Other than special effects and "I wish lois loved me back" there's nothing there for anyone to see.

    January 31, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  66. sean

    This dude looks like a tool.... he's going to fu** up the whole superman movie... what the hell was warner bros thinking....!!!!!!!! I only call it how I see it... the last superman movie, " superman returns " now he played the part well, should of recasted him....

    January 31, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Albert

    BULL-MALARKEY. This guy over BR, no way!!!!!!!! No Brandon Routh. Does he look like Supes. Look up in the sky, here comes the TANKER!!!

    January 31, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  68. LgMcB

    Hot! Cavill was fantastic in The Tudors – furtherest thing from a twink. With his hair darker he will definitely look the part. And he CAN act, so I am so hoping this won't be a disappointment.

    January 31, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |


    January 31, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  70. ljm

    Keep Americans working in Hollywood

    January 31, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Dre

    You give me a black superman and I'll be happy to give you a white Shaft.

    January 31, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  72. ferol

    Waa? Jack Black wasn't considered?

    January 31, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      He was considered. Once the laughter died out and the tears had been wiped away they got down to the business of casting the part.

      January 31, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  73. heartalm

    Routh looked SOOOO much like the Superman we all remember. And I thought he did a great job in that role. The storyline may have been a little different but that wasn't HIS fault.

    They should have kept the last guy!!!!!! This guy doesn't look like a Superman at all! I will miss Routh A LOT!!!!!

    January 31, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  74. drakes

    Tom Welling should be considered. Smallville was a great series. He would do the role justice on the big screen. Smallville already had the Justice League elements in it. I would preffer to see a story about the JL and all of the characters then just another Superman reboot movie.

    And knowing the Avengers (Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captn America, etc) of Marvel Comics fame is coming maybe DC Comics (in typical Hollywood fashion) will do their own Justice League. I would rather see Tom Welling in that as Superman.

    January 31, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Stacy

    I like Brandon Routh, he was perfect. Why do they keep saying that Superman Returns was a bomb. Didn't it make like $200 million dollars. Geez, how greedy Hollywood can be. I do not see Superman in this new guy at all. I'll not be watching. Bring Routh back, he was awesome.

    January 31, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |

      I agree. I liked Superman Returns and I liked Brandon Routh in the role. They should've let Bryan Singer make the second movie since it was going to be a different story than Luthor's tired real estate plots. The problem is that, even when it made over $200 million in the US and another $200 or $300 million overseas, Warner Brothers spent so much money trying to relaunch the franchise over the years, that they pretty much broke out close to even, and they were expecting Superman Returns to be as profitable as Lord of the Rings, or Spider-Man. Plus, all the backlash from moviegoers made them reboot the franchise.

      January 31, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Nate

    Tom Welling IS Superman, Snyder and company blew it big time.

    January 31, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom Welling is Superman?

      Crazy fan, at all? That guy's face is so tired - he's been playing the same character for nearly a decade. Who does that for any other reason other than wanting to get rich. I say new blood! But another Brit? There are probably more British and Australians playing Americans on TV and in the movies than there are Americans playing Americans. Sad. THE MENTALIST, HAWAII FIVE O, THE CAPE, anything Hugh Jackman is ever in, the entire cast of THE WIRE...

      January 31, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  77. miguel

    As long as he doesnt have a british accent in the movie then im ok with him .. as long as its not brandon routh.. he sucked superbly

    January 31, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  78. aussielady

    Mr. Cavill will possibly make the best Superman since Chris Reeve. He's an actor, and a damn fine one at that.

    January 31, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  79. t

    We need a white shaft

    January 31, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Shizznut

    we need a black superman.

    January 31, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Mary Miles

    I'll go to see the movie. Very gentle eyes

    January 31, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Ralphy

    A guy in a wheelchair?

    January 31, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Colin

    Christian Bale is a brit. I don't see any of you whining about that. I thought Brandon Routh did a great job, and is a shame he won't get to go further with the role, but I like Cavill in The Tudors, and look forward to seeing what Snyder, Nolan, and Cavill can bring to Supes. We NEED a great Superman movie.

    January 31, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Super dissapointed

      Christian Bale was the worst Batman cast for the role. OK, maybe tied with Val Killer. What's with that ridiculous voice he used when he was Batman. The Dark Knight had great writers, that made it a great movie. Not Bale. He only an average actor.

      January 31, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  84. mah

    what a beautiful man...

    January 31, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |


    January 31, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  86. bailoutsos

    Saw a guy the other day and he could have been Christopher Reeve's twin

    January 31, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  87. Mike

    Should have been Spencer Conway from Portland, Oregon

    January 31, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  88. Scot

    No disrespect to this actor, but this has become a tiring trend in "comic book" movies. When one doesn't do well, reboot the franchise. Come on Hollywood, show some backbone! Either stick with the people you have and make a good sequel, or retire the franchise for AT LEAST 10 years before trying again.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  89. trevor

    Great, now all three of the best known superheros (spiderman, batman and superman) will all be played by non-americans

    January 31, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Scot

      Actually, I could care less if the actor's British, American, or Kenyan, as long as they play the character as American. But this should cut all ways. Traditional Brits and Belgians shouldn't get in an uproar if James Bond or Tintin is played by an American.

      January 31, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Rick

    What's all the fuss about Superman possibly having a non-American accent? Superman IS an alien, after all! Just his luck he came down in Kansas. πŸ˜€

    January 31, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  91. Brownlantern

    Wellings,Tally,Superman H0MOS

    January 31, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  92. Brewha

    I'm a very large superman fan. Not sure how I feel about it.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  93. YOUBRO


    January 31, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Robin

      But if you never noticed at the time.... who cares? That just means they are a good actor.

      And by the way... Superman is an *alien*. His ship only crashed in the US. πŸ˜‰

      January 31, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • @YOUBRO

      I agree with your post, YOUBRO, but lose the caps because it makes you look like you're insane and shouting from a rooftop. I live in Hollywood where you can throw a rock and hit an unknown actor, so what is it with every new show casting a Brit or an Aussie as a pretend American? There ARE many many very talented American actors here (no, I'm not an actor). This is almost as offensive as getting a white guy to where blackface and play a black man. I don't think the "but he's a good actor" flies in either case.

      January 31, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  94. RONNIE

    Tally-Welling will wear the Superman outfit in a up coming episode of Smallville !

    January 31, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  95. Tally

    I think tom welling won't do it because, when smallville first came out, there was an agreement between welling and the producers of the show that there would be a no tights/no flying rule, because welling didn't want to be forever associated with the traditional superman. In smallville, he doesn't really fly. He leaps long distances. He can't fly yet, as Jor-el hasn't told him how to. And in season 9, we catch a glimpse of the red and blue super tights, but he never wears them. I adore Tom Welling and wish he WOULD someday consider playing superman. I don't agree that british actor should play an American super hero. It would not have been fitting to have an American play Harry Potter or any of those guys. πŸ™‚

    January 31, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  96. RONNIE

    A British actor playing the all American hero Superman ? How anti-American is Warner Brothers anyway? Just another movie I will never see !

    January 31, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  97. paulbmro

    Did you see the best movies of 2010? Here you can find: moviesfan.eu/related-top-list/93-best-movies-of-2010

    January 31, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  98. Shannon Nutt

    Thank god they hired an ACTOR this time, and not a Reeve-lookalike. For those "not in the know", not only was Cavill the second choice (behind Bale) to play Batman, he was also the second choice to play James Bond, but lost to Daniel Craig because they felt Cavill was too young for the part at the time. I still have worries about the quality of the movie, but if it fails, it certainly shouldn't be due to Cavill, who is a heck of a good young actor.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  99. sunless

    super what... get better http://www.SUPERSONIC.US.COM

    January 31, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  100. Harry

    Tom Welling has reportedly turned down the movie superman role numerous times.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  101. sam

    Not a good choice. The choices for Thor, Captain America, Green Lantern, they all suck. Nobody likes Hensworth he might be o.k. though. Chris Evans was already a superhero, and he provides comedic relief, which sucks, superhero's aren't funny. The green lanern, Ryan Reynolds? Oh and he's Deadpool, great, what's with casting people as two superheros. I know their actors, but it's fake if Flame On from Fantastic Four is now all of a sudden Captain America. Anne Hathaway as the new Catwomen, what's with all of the horrible casting?

    January 31, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • annabell

      the casting agents must be smoking meth

      January 31, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canuck

      Deadpool won't be seen again so Reynolds is okay to play a superhero that might have a franchise like Iron man. And the heroes aren't robots, they can have sense of humours lol Tom Welling didn't want to be a Film Superman b/c it may have ruined the Smallville image of superman, BUT now that Smallville is over I am surprised he didn't throw his hat in the ring. Hathaway as Cat woman.. not sure about that one either. Michelle Pfifier? was the bomb.

      January 31, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      ' Anne Hathaway as the new Catwomen, what's with all of the horrible casting?'
      Oh come on, who would not want to see Anne Hathaway in skin tight leather?

      January 31, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Rob

    Another Superman movie??? Yawn.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  103. Jason

    I was hoping for Tom Welling but okay.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  104. Jon Hamm

    Why Am I Not Considered? I AM Superman....ugh damn you Nolan!

    January 31, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  105. trufan

    BOOOO! Superman is an AMERICAN hero. We don't want a british actor to play him. I will boycott this film.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • hjcihak

      Agreed. If the Brits insist James Bond must be played by an English actor, then Superman has to be played by an American.

      January 31, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      You realize that the original Superman was drawn by a Canadian, right?

      January 31, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Booo Yerself

      Isn't Superman an alien? From the planet Krypton? He just happened to crash land in America, didn't he? It wasn't a choice. He could have landed in England, or even France. Can you imagine a French Superman? πŸ™‚

      January 31, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • mikeyd74

      a french superman? would the S on his shirt stand for "surrender"?

      January 31, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • ryansdirtytrailer

      Idiot xenophobe American.

      January 31, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • AllRite

      Agreed, trufan! If the Brits can demand all British actors for the "homeland" Harry Potter series, we can demand "homegrown" boys for the Superman series! And the Spider-man series...

      January 31, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canuck

      an American Hero created by a Canadian lol

      January 31, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • DJRickyV

      Like Cap'n America said: The A doesn't stand for France!

      January 31, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      An American telling the truth. Has France ever won a war or not surrender? There was a soviet Superman story.

      January 31, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'Agreed. If the Brits insist James Bond must be played by an English actor, then Superman has to be played by an American.'
      Pssst..... Connery is Scottish and Lazenby is Australian.

      So is that a Brit now playing Superman, Batman and Spiderman these days? Afew years ago all the bad guys were played by Brits, now its all the heroes.

      oh and by the way....'Has France ever won a war or not surrender?' – way to insult the Free French Army that continued to fight after France was taken over during WWII.

      January 31, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      Oh and Brosnan is Irish of course.
      So what is that? only half the actors that have played Bond have actually been English?

      January 31, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lev

      Joe might have been born in Canada but he was living in America. And he would have done it if it weren't for jerry. They were in high school in Cleveland when they created superman.

      February 1, 2011 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
    • I'm american

      This new guy im pleased with, if Nolan/Snyder see him as a good fit to wear the cape and the "s" then that's good enough for me. I also recall robert downy jr playing sherlock holmes didn't see england lose sleep over it. So we as Americans have to accept the fact that we can't have every leading roll in a movie. So good luck with the boycott I'm sure you'll cave in the day it comes out...... they always do.

      February 1, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Proud American

      Wait if he crashed here from Krypton he's an illegal immigrant right?

      February 2, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • MsKitty

      Superman is from Krypton, not The United States. DUH...and he is defender of EARTH, not America. When Jor-El was teaching his son about humans, he didn't specify that he could only be there for Americans. He was speaking of the human race as a whole. It's Captain America you're thinking of...get the facts!

      February 2, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Will

    Another horrible choice. Routh was a horrible choice as well. Why isn't Tom Welling being considered?

    January 31, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • MG

      Because Tom Welling isn't a good enough actor for one, second he would be too associated with Smallville which is an "elseworlds" superman story at best, so far fetched from the Superman Mythos that serious, lifelong Superman fans like myself can not even stomach it during the last season. Did you see the rediculous Michael Jackon leather jacket he's wearing these days, and you want him to play Superman in a movie????!! C'mon please. Cavill IS Superman, I have been hoping this guy would land the role since 2004. He looks like Superman, has natural blue eyes, square chisled jawline, he has a deep commanding voice and he can act!! He is the best choice since Chris Reeve. I'm glad he didn't get Superman Returns because that movie was an insult to the chraracter. He will be much better used with this creative team behind him of Nolan, Snyder and Goyer. Can not wait!!

      January 31, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big daddy T

      Bcause tom welling sucks

      January 31, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Danners

      Because Tom Welling isn't good enough for TV, let alone movies.

      January 31, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • TomWelling4Superman

      Because the WB are ran by idiots, and Snyder is repeating all of Singers mistakes!

      February 1, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  107. at

    He looks more spiderman than superman

    January 31, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • John A. Miller

      There was one about 3 years ago that went nowhere and now another new reboot. There is not an original idea in Hollywood. My prediction is this one will go nowhere either. Why not get a clue and wait another 20 years and then bring it out again. We have another Spiderman coming up when the Toby McQuire one is still fresh in everyones mind. Another person playing the Hulk I mean come on.

      January 31, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • wlubake

      John, the studios only have limited rights to the characters. Sony has to crank out another Spider-Man or it can't make one (Marvel gets the rights back). Same with WB and Superman. 2013 is the deadline before the rights revert back to DC to sell to the highest bidder. As always, business will force the studios hand, and likely result in a lack of focus on the final product. However there is hope here. Chris Nolan (of Inception and Batman) is overseeing the new Superman project with Zach Snyder (300 and Watchmen) directing and David Goyer (Batman movies) scripting. This team is much better than the Superman Returns team led by Bryan Singer.

      January 31, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • To Johnny

      Okay, Miller, where's YOUR brilliant and creative, fresh new idea for Hollywood. So many of you alway whine that same old line ("Hollywood can't think of an original idea"), so why not come up with one and send it in? ANSWER: Because you don't have one either.

      January 31, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  108. memory

    What happened to Brandon Routh? Why is he not playing it again?

    January 31, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  109. oren

    He seems to be a twink. What an insult to Superman fans

    January 31, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Jersymama

      You obviously did not watch the Tudors on Showtime. This guy can joust with the best of them.

      January 31, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • will

      If any Superman fan can agree, it is not usually the looks of an actor, or if he can act, but that the story is true to form of the comic books. I feel that Henry Cavill has the looks and the action to portray Clark Kent/Superman, so no insult to me.

      January 31, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  110. oren

    He seems to be a twink. What an insult to Superman fans.

    January 31, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  111. SPIDEY

    Who is this guy ? He may be ok but im not sure he is ready to join The League of Justice or Superfriends yet. They wouldnt let me join.

    January 31, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  112. Ralph

    He looks the part to me. Nice eyes.

    January 31, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • evoc

      He is fabulous for the part, he was terrific in The Tudors.

      January 31, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laurie

      Agree with Edoc. I've been eagerly awaiting his star to rise. Go Duke of Suffolk!

      January 31, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laurie

      Sorry. I meant Evoc.

      January 31, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • barney

      Most people wanted Tom Welling, but I think after 6 months in a gym, Cavill will look pretty good.

      February 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      Finally! Henry Cavill is no longer the "Most Unlucky Man in Hollywood!" He should've won the role the first time. At least he can turn the role around this time to be taken seriously! Congrats Mr. Cavill.

      February 1, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big daddy T

      I hope they put doomsday in it.

      February 1, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cavill@LOVE

      At last. Things are looking up for Henry and I say, he deserves it! I have been so eager for quite sometime now to see him bag big time roles which will help in putting his name in the A-list. Well, I have to admit that for the most part, it was his gorgeousness which got my attention for years. Then again, the guy's got undeniable acting chops to boot. Oh-la-la. One last thing...I hope that at least once in this lifetime I get the chance to see him.hehe. Congrats Henry!

      February 4, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |

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