After much speculation as to who will get the role, we have finally got confirmation as to who will be donning the cape & shield of Superman in the as-yet untitled Zack Snyder helmed Superman film coming in 2012, and it is none other than Henry Cavill, star of The Tudors & the forthcoming The Immortals.
As a relative unknown he is perfect for the role, in my opinion, & apparently missed out on not only the role of Supes in Superman Returns but also James Bond in Casino Royale & Batman in Batman Begins.
Here’s the press release:
HENRY CAVILL WILL TAKE ON THE DUAL ROLE OF CLARK KENT / SUPERMAN IN THE NEW FILM FROM WARNER BROS. PICTURES AND LEGENDARY PICTURES
BURBANK, CA, January 30, 2011 – 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.
So there we are. We have a screenplay from David S Goyer, from a story developed by him & Christopher Nolan, a director in Zack Snyder (who’s films I love) & a lead in Jersey born Henry Cavill, who if you look at the picture at the top of this post certainly looks the part. Now all we need are for this mix to come together in the form of a fitting film for the iconic hero.
Fingers crossed, but I believe in 2012 we will finally see a “super” Superman film on the cinema screen.