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More details on Henry Cavill's casting as Superman

01.31.2011

If you haven't heard by now (and maybe you haven't since the news was announced on a Sunday morning), British actor Henry Cavill was cast as Superman in the upcoming Zack Snyder/Christopher Nolan relaunch of the franchise. So that you know. But here are some other interesting tidbits you may not know.

As it turns out, this is not the first time Henry Cavill has been set to play Superman. Back in 2004 when McG was directing the film from a JJ Abrams script, Cavill was the top choice of both the director and Warner Bros (seems this scooper for Dark Horizons was right on...). Unfortunately McG was afraid to get on a plane to fly to Australia to film the project and bailed, allowing WB to chase Bryan Singer who went in a completely different direction with the project.

He maybe had to wait six or seven years, but Cavill finally got the gig. So who are the next crop of almost-had-it actors that Cavill beat out for the part? THR is reporting that Matthew Goode, who worked with Snyder on WATCHMEN, was a close second for the part. Goode was so close he apparently turned down the lead role in ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER to better focus on getting the SUPERMAN gig (LINCOLN went on to cast Benjamin Walker).

Other actors that were on the Snyder/Nolan shortlist were Matthew Bomer (Brett Ratner's favorite for Superman when he was attached to direct), Armie Hammer (who was cast as Batman in the ill-fated JUSTICE LEAGUE movie), Joe Manganiello ("True Blood") and Colin O’Donaghue (THE RITE).

Apparently only a handful of people knew about the choice to cast Cavill and the reason they announced on Sunday was to allow them to issue a studio-sanctioned press release before the news leaked on the web.

Source: THR

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1:34PM on 02/02/2011

it was the right choice...

it was the right choice to recast Supes,as much as I liked Brandon Routh is better to start fresh including a new suit,modernized for a new era,check this out [link]
it was the right choice to recast Supes,as much as I liked Brandon Routh is better to start fresh including a new suit,modernized for a new era,check this out [link]
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1:31PM on 02/02/2011

it was the right choice...

it was the right choice to recast Supes,as much as I liked Brandon Routh is better to start fresh including a new suit,modernized for a new era,check this out [link]
it was the right choice to recast Supes,as much as I liked Brandon Routh is better to start fresh including a new suit,modernized for a new era,check this out [link]
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3:31PM on 02/01/2011

Not Big Enough

I don´t care about all this nonsense of where he´s from, but seriously, Superman is supposed to be BIG!!! And he´s just scrawny :(
I don´t care about all this nonsense of where he´s from, but seriously, Superman is supposed to be BIG!!! And he´s just scrawny :(
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10:26AM on 02/01/2011
Cavill will be just fine. Actually I thought Routh was a great choice in the last one, hell any of these actors who were considered would be fine as Supes...the issue is the story, cause if they have him deal with Lex Luthor again...
Cavill will be just fine. Actually I thought Routh was a great choice in the last one, hell any of these actors who were considered would be fine as Supes...the issue is the story, cause if they have him deal with Lex Luthor again...
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1:24AM on 02/01/2011

CGI Body

One major complaint on this end - he is not a big guy. Now I know that he probably could bulk up, but I remember earlier that they were thinking to do a CGI body. Cause Cavill is on the skinny side are they making him bulk up or going CGI body?
One major complaint on this end - he is not a big guy. Now I know that he probably could bulk up, but I remember earlier that they were thinking to do a CGI body. Cause Cavill is on the skinny side are they making him bulk up or going CGI body?
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12:24AM on 02/01/2011

We dodged a speeding bullet...

Scroll back up and read the words "Brett Ratner" and "Superman" in the same sentence. I just want everyone to stop and think about how close we came to a Brett Ratner Superman movie. Think long and hard about that. Done? Okay. Sleep well tonight!
Scroll back up and read the words "Brett Ratner" and "Superman" in the same sentence. I just want everyone to stop and think about how close we came to a Brett Ratner Superman movie. Think long and hard about that. Done? Okay. Sleep well tonight!
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3:14PM on 01/31/2011
Damnit, Armie Hammer would've been great.
Damnit, Armie Hammer would've been great.
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3:18PM on 01/31/2011
I second that. He's got Jon Hamm's exact voice, which would be like giving fanboy's half of what they wanted.
I second that. He's got Jon Hamm's exact voice, which would be like giving fanboy's half of what they wanted.
3:13PM on 01/31/2011
I would have rather seen someone like Matthew Bomer play Supes, but it's Nolan and I have faith in him. I wasn't sure about Bale either and he did a good job, so I'll wait to see how the trailer looks before I decide on if this choice was good or bad.
I would have rather seen someone like Matthew Bomer play Supes, but it's Nolan and I have faith in him. I wasn't sure about Bale either and he did a good job, so I'll wait to see how the trailer looks before I decide on if this choice was good or bad.
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2:38PM on 01/31/2011
He's a talented actor and this might just be his moment to shine. I'm still disappointed they didn't go back with Brandon R , but what u gonna do?
He's a talented actor and this might just be his moment to shine. I'm still disappointed they didn't go back with Brandon R , but what u gonna do?
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1:15PM on 01/31/2011
I'm not feeling this choice at all. The guy doesn't really have a superman/clark kent vibe, if you ask me. I don't think he could pass as a clumsy Clark Kent.

They could have just stayed with Brandon Routh. Hell, I would have even taken Matthew Goode over this guy. At least with Goode he looks a lot more believable as Clark Kent.
I'm not feeling this choice at all. The guy doesn't really have a superman/clark kent vibe, if you ask me. I don't think he could pass as a clumsy Clark Kent.

They could have just stayed with Brandon Routh. Hell, I would have even taken Matthew Goode over this guy. At least with Goode he looks a lot more believable as Clark Kent.
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3:17PM on 01/31/2011
You might want to wait until you see at least a frame of film before you make sweeping pronouncements. On second thought, who cares? Haterz be hatin.
You might want to wait until you see at least a frame of film before you make sweeping pronouncements. On second thought, who cares? Haterz be hatin.
4:48PM on 01/31/2011
No one needs to wait and see a clip from Battleship and it's okay to bash the hell out of that. I've heard the "wait and see" argument too many times... and 9/10 times I've been disappointed.
No one needs to wait and see a clip from Battleship and it's okay to bash the hell out of that. I've heard the "wait and see" argument too many times... and 9/10 times I've been disappointed.
1:03PM on 01/31/2011
He's also in Tarsem's 'Immortals'.
He's also in Tarsem's 'Immortals'.
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11:55AM on 01/31/2011
I watched 'The Rite' this weekend and kept thinking how much Colin O’Donaghue looked liked Supes. Oh well.
I watched 'The Rite' this weekend and kept thinking how much Colin O’Donaghue looked liked Supes. Oh well.
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11:45AM on 01/31/2011
Out of everyone that was considered, he was definitely the best pick. Even though it would have been interesting to see Matthew Goode or Matthew Bomer don the suit.

Cavill is a great actor and he will do a great job. I'm more excited for this movie than I am for The Dark Knight Rises.
Out of everyone that was considered, he was definitely the best pick. Even though it would have been interesting to see Matthew Goode or Matthew Bomer don the suit.

Cavill is a great actor and he will do a great job. I'm more excited for this movie than I am for The Dark Knight Rises.
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11:44AM on 01/31/2011
If DC is smart they will try to "connect" their franchises so they can eventually go for a Justice League film, ala Marvel's Avengers. They've got their Superman and Green Lantern now. They need to work up a Flash and recast a Batman since Bale isnt doing it after the Dark Knight Rises (not to mention that Nolan's world is separate from the more fantastical DC Universe). The fact that Wonder Woman will be a network TV effort would mean either they cast a separate WW for the films, or they go
If DC is smart they will try to "connect" their franchises so they can eventually go for a Justice League film, ala Marvel's Avengers. They've got their Superman and Green Lantern now. They need to work up a Flash and recast a Batman since Bale isnt doing it after the Dark Knight Rises (not to mention that Nolan's world is separate from the more fantastical DC Universe). The fact that Wonder Woman will be a network TV effort would mean either they cast a separate WW for the films, or they go with whomever is the TV actress. Of course, this is just my 2 cents...but hey, it could go that way! :)
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11:51AM on 01/31/2011
How about Jon Hamm for Batman? I could easily see him pull off Bruce Wayne and Batman. Has the right look, build, and chops to pull it off easily.

As for The Flash, I always liked Jared Padalecki from Supernatural. Or Michael Rosenbaum from Smallville.
How about Jon Hamm for Batman? I could easily see him pull off Bruce Wayne and Batman. Has the right look, build, and chops to pull it off easily.

As for The Flash, I always liked Jared Padalecki from Supernatural. Or Michael Rosenbaum from Smallville.
11:09AM on 01/31/2011
don't really think we need another superman film yet, but i guess we'll get one anyway and then cavill is an ok choice. i would have prefered brandon routh for some continuity but maybe this is another reboot and not a sequel. we'll see
don't really think we need another superman film yet, but i guess we'll get one anyway and then cavill is an ok choice. i would have prefered brandon routh for some continuity but maybe this is another reboot and not a sequel. we'll see
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10:42AM on 01/31/2011
He's a bit young but can look the part I guess... The sad news is that Jon Hamm is no superman, what a shame!
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He's a bit young but can look the part I guess... The sad news is that Jon Hamm is no superman, what a shame!
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2:07PM on 01/31/2011
Cavill is 28 now. Reeve was 26 the year Superman premiered.
Cavill is 28 now. Reeve was 26 the year Superman premiered.
10:38AM on 01/31/2011
He's a bit young but can look the part I guess... The sad news is that Jon Hamm is no superman, what a shame!
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He's a bit young but can look the part I guess... The sad news is that Jon Hamm is no superman, what a shame!
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10:22AM on 01/31/2011

Don't know him

But i like his look.
But i like his look.
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10:21AM on 01/31/2011

I'm still down

I would have loved Matthew Goode, though his face is not too chiseled. Always a fan of Matt Bomer and it would have been sweet, and he seriously is short?
I would have loved Matthew Goode, though his face is not too chiseled. Always a fan of Matt Bomer and it would have been sweet, and he seriously is short?
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10:10AM on 01/31/2011
“McG was afraid to get on a plane to film the project and bailed.” Hilarious. So glad he wasn’t let near this project.

Out of that list, the only other choice I personally would’ve been happy with is Armie Hammer, who has the look, height and voice, but is perhaps too young. Cavill is an excellent choice.
“McG was afraid to get on a plane to film the project and bailed.” Hilarious. So glad he wasn’t let near this project.

Out of that list, the only other choice I personally would’ve been happy with is Armie Hammer, who has the look, height and voice, but is perhaps too young. Cavill is an excellent choice.
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10:02AM on 01/31/2011

Well-deserved!

With his history on the role and seeing the other candidates, Cavill was truly the best choice for Superman.
With his history on the role and seeing the other candidates, Cavill was truly the best choice for Superman.
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9:56AM on 01/31/2011

"Unfortunately McG..."

Man, I think it's VERY fortunate we were not forced to endure McG's "vision" for a Superman film! Maybe your comment was sarcastic? Anyway, Henry Cavill's casting seems pretty spot-on.
Man, I think it's VERY fortunate we were not forced to endure McG's "vision" for a Superman film! Maybe your comment was sarcastic? Anyway, Henry Cavill's casting seems pretty spot-on.
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9:55AM on 01/31/2011

I knew Cavill was up for the part before....

...he also auditioned for Batman.

Interesting who the top contenders were. I would have been alright with Matthew Goode if he put on some muscle.

Matthew Bomer is fuckin' short.

Armie Hammer has the look, height (6'5") and in The Social Network, he sounded almost EXACTLY like Don Draper (Jon Hamm), but I think he'd need a couple more roles under his belt.
...he also auditioned for Batman.

Interesting who the top contenders were. I would have been alright with Matthew Goode if he put on some muscle.

Matthew Bomer is fuckin' short.

Armie Hammer has the look, height (6'5") and in The Social Network, he sounded almost EXACTLY like Don Draper (Jon Hamm), but I think he'd need a couple more roles under his belt.
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