New Superman Movie to Star Henry Cavill

Jan 31st, 2011 | By | Category: Art and Entertainment

The career of rising British actor Henry Cavill went up, up, and away Sunday when Warner Brothers announced he will star in Superman: Man of Steel, scheduled for release in December 2012.

E23a HenryCavill New Superman Movie to Star Henry CavillPreviously costar in the Showtime series The Tudors, Cavill is relatively unknown but has a dedicated following and has been considered for major roles before. Coming into films from a stage acting background, Cavill made his first major big-screen appearance in The Count of Monte Cristo in 2002. His displays of talent attracted enough attention for him to be considered for several major parts, including Cedric in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, James Bond in Casino Royale, and Edward Cullen in Twilight. He was also considered for Superman in the previous Superman movie, Superman Returns, but lost the role when the film changed directors.

Superman: Man of Steel is being produced on an estimated $175 million budget. The previous film grossed $200 million domestically and $391 million worldwide on a $270 million production budget.

The film will be directed by Zack Snyder, who has previous experience adapting comic books to the big screen. Snyder first gained recognition for his highly successful adaptation of Frank Miller’s Dark Horse Comics series 300. Later he adapted the DC series Watchmen, which did not do as well commercially.

The screenplay is being written by David S. Goyer, a comic book writer who has previously written screenplays for the most recent Batman movies and several other comic book adaptations.

Production on Superman: Man of Steel moves forward driven by a lawsuit from the estate of the creators of Superman, Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel. Since the 1940s, the Shuster and Siegel families have been in legal contention with Superman publisher DC Comics over certain intellectual property rights associated with the character. DC was acquired by Warner Brothers, and in turn acquired by Time-Warner, which has inherited the ongoing legal dispute. A judge had ruled in August 2009 that if Warner Brothers did not begin production on a new Superman film by 2011, the Shuster and Siegel estates would be able to sue for lost revenue on an unproduced film. Synder was hired as director in October 2010, and casting began in November 2010.

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