The New Superman Is Cast

The new Superman sports a decidedly British accent.

Warner Bros has found their new Man of Steel, and he’s a visitor from a strange world. A strange world called Britain.

Yes, the new Superman is a Brit - Henry Cavill, to be precise. Cavill is probably best known for Showtime’s The Tudors, and he’s going to be seen in the next Tarsem Singh film, Immortals.

“He’s got an amazing quality. He doesn’t look too much like Reeve and Routh but he’s big and strong and he has a very modern feel to him,” a Warner Bros exec tells Deadline Hollywood.

I don’t recall Cavill’s acting (he’s in Stardust, but I can’t recall him in the film), but he has an interesting look to him - he’s very pretty but he also has an edge of roughness to him. He looks like a man.

What’s interesting is that this makes Superman the latest major American superhero to be played by a Brit - Spider-Man and Batman are also British now. It’s weird; is this an indictment of Hollywood, showing that this country no longer knows how to produce real leading men? Is America suffering from a macho deficit? Come on, Yanks, I know we can do better than Ryan Reynolds.