The relatively unknown Brit actor Henry Cavill has landed the coveted role of Superman in the latest film.

The 27-year-old, who is best known for his role in the TV show The Tudors will be Clark Kent in Superman: Man of Steel, which is scheduled for 2012.

The latest in the Warner Bros franchise will begin filming this summer and is to be directed by 300‘s Zack Synder.

It isn’t the first time Cavill’s name has been associated with Superman. He previously auditioned for the role in the 2006 movie Superman Returns, but missed out to American actor Brandon Routh.

Superman Returns received mixed reviews at the time, so this is a chance for them to reinvigorate the DC superhero and give all those Marvel characters a run for their money.

Hopefully Cavill will be their man and it’s about time he got the chance to play a hero. It is reported that in the past he was considered for the role of Batman, which Christian Bale got in the end and also for James Bond before Daniel Craig landed the part. Cavill also missed out on the chance to play Edward Cullen in the Twilight franchise. Author of the books Stephanie Meyer was really keen for him to take on the role, however by the time filming came round Cavill was too old to play a 17-year-old, so the part famously went to Robert Pattinson.

It also seems to be the year of the British superhero with Andrew Garfield taking on Spider-Man, and Bale making his third Batman film, and now Cavill as Superman. It certainly seems to bode well doesn’t it?

Speaking about his new role, Cavill said:

“In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognised and revered character of all time, and I am honoured to be a part of his return to the big screen.”

But it’s not just Cavill who is excited, executives at Warner Bros said:

“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.”

Christopher Reeve played Superman in four films in the 1970s and 1980s, and like Cavill he was also mostly unknown when cast but was propelled into stardom by the films. Will it do the same for Cavill?

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