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The New Superman

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According to IGN.com, Warner Bros. officially announced today the casting of 27-year-old British actor Henry Cavill as the new Superman in the upcoming reboot directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan.  Cavill is known for his work in “The Tudors”, ”Stardust”, and “The Count of Monte Cristo”.  Director Zack Snyder issued a statement saying,

“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.” 

 Though most may not be too familiar with Cavill’s work, he’s come close to playing several iconic roles in the past.  He was a lead contender for the role of Superman in “Superman Returns” when Brett Ratner and McG were attached to direct the project, he auditioned for the role of Batman in “Batman Begins”, and was the runner-up for 007 in “Casino Royale”, but was deemed too young for the part.

Hmmm… DC seems to be using a lot of British and Australian actors for its American comic book characters.  Henry Cavill, Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, and Heath Ledger.  Just more evidence that overall, the British are better pure actors.  It sucks to say, but Americans are more flash than talent.

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