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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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