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Third Franchise’s the Charm for Henry Cavill!

January 30, 2011

After being passed over for both the Dark Knight and 007, perennial also-ran Henry Cavill (The Tudors) has finally nailed himself an action hero franchise. After weeks of rumor and speculation, Cavill was officially named the new Superman. Hold up; I thought we just rebooted this damn franchise a hot minute ago. Apparently, that Superman was like a starter Superman or the Superman equivalent of the first waffle in a batch; you always toss it out immediately after making it. At any rate, Routh is faint memory and Cavill is the new hotness. In other news, Batman, Spiderman and now Superman are all being played by British actors. Oh wait, this just in: Idris Elba is taking over the Hancock franchise…

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  1. January 30, 2011 9:37 pm

    Aww, he’s the Lazenby Superman.

    • February 1, 2011 4:18 am

      “The name’s Cavill. Henry Cavill.”

      • February 1, 2011 4:22 am

        I keep thinking of that guy who played Jesus.

        • February 1, 2011 5:01 am

          Willem Dafoe, Jeffrey Hunter or Max Von Sydow?

          • February 1, 2011 8:18 am

            Oh the younger, new jack Jesus. Jim Ca-something.

  2. January 30, 2011 9:38 pm

    Uncle George!!!

  3. January 30, 2011 9:46 pm

    I’m kidding about that Idris Elbow thing.

  4. January 30, 2011 9:46 pm

    lol, that’s too bad. I thought Routh played Chrotopher Reeve playing Superman very well. I have only seen him in a couple things since.( Zack and Miri/Scott Pilgrim) and he was great in both. Besides I can’t see how anyone better than Spacey could play Lex Luthor.

    • January 30, 2011 9:49 pm

      I have not seen the old-new Superman! I need to make that a priority before the new-new Superman reboot debuts in theaters.

  5. hsofia permalink
    January 30, 2011 10:01 pm

    My problem with the Routh Superman was that he was slightly creepy and lacked charisma despite being ridiculously handsome. It was as though they decided that the optimistic-to-a-fault Superman wouldn’t go over well with a young audience, so they made him brooding. The whole movie suffered from a weariness that I didn’t understand. The opening scene was pretty cool, though. Kevin Spacey was good as Lex Luthor, but in no way challenged Gene Hackman (who admittedly had several movies to impress himself upon us) in the way that Heath Ledger was able to exceed Jack Nicholson’s Joker. I do remember Parker Posey and her little dog … and there were some wonderful stunts. Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane was interesting … and depressing.

    • February 1, 2011 8:18 am

      I haven’t seen this Superman do his thing, but damn he’s awfully pretty.

  6. January 31, 2011 10:04 am

    Cavill has a banging body. It looks like Robert Downey Jr. How tall is this Superman? They’re often pretty snotty about the height requirement for both Bond and Superman. His so evenly proportioned I assumed he was of average height. There is also some debate over his listed height of 6’1 (185cm) because even the most generous estimates place him a hair over 6’0. Plus filling Christopher Reeve’s shoes requires 3.5 more inches. I didn’t realize how persnickety these Superman fans are. They want their Superman tall – at least 6’3 – handsome in the face, thick luscious dark wavy hair and white as white can be. Basically they want Reeve.

    • January 31, 2011 10:15 am

      How tall is Routh?

      • hsofia permalink
        January 31, 2011 3:28 pm

        God help us. And Spiderman. Tobey Maguire is definitely American. But I hope they don’t make any more of those movies.

        • January 31, 2011 3:30 pm

          Spiderman is Andrew Garfield and he’s British!

          • hsofia permalink
            January 31, 2011 4:00 pm

            WTF … there is a new Spiderman movie?! :::catching up::::

            Well, it looks like he’s half American and half British. And Jewish. Maybe a Jewish superhero will open the door for some other non-Anglos.

            Is there really a need for another Spiderman already? We haven’t birthed a new generation of movie-goers yet!

      • hsofia permalink
        January 31, 2011 3:56 pm

        Hmm; my previous reply in this thread was supposed to be in response to 1sttimeoffender’s comment at 10:21am.

        Anyway, I can’t believe Cavill is even 6’1. He’s a little taller than El Franco and in “I Capture the Castle,” he was only a little taller than Romola Garai, who is tall for a woman but by no means Geena Davis. Routh actually IS very tall. He’s taller than Christian Bale, who is tall,” and he’s a whole head taller than people in the 5’5″ to 5’7″ range.

        While I think Cavill is a good actor, I kind of wish they’d just stick with Routh, but gone in a different direction with the script or chosen a fresh villain. And really … do we need another Superman right now? Maybe I’ll just go watch Smallville.

  7. January 31, 2011 10:21 am

    I didn’t know this guy was British!! BOOO! Looks like” the never ending battle for truth, justice and the American way” ended. and we lost.

    • January 31, 2011 10:26 am

      LOL. We still have Captain America and Daredevil.

      • February 1, 2011 10:04 am

        And Ghost Rider!

  8. Jillamina permalink
    January 31, 2011 8:50 pm

    Cavill will not, however, be the first Tudors alum to make an appearance in a superhero universe. James Frain, who I loved to hate as Thomas Cromwell, is in The Cape (has that been canceled yet?)

    • February 1, 2011 4:23 am

      Ha. The Cape and Harry’s Law are contining to lower the bar on television even further. If TV was a limbo line, the pole would be scraping the ground.

  9. February 1, 2011 4:24 am

    I ussk you Fraulien Kiki, you vould be interessted in der Cherman Superman purrhaps.
    Our boy Freddy innvented der koncept you vill rekall. Hollyvood owes us, nein?

  10. February 1, 2011 4:28 am

    Ja. Lederhosen FTW. I would love a Superman who drank all his meals out of a big ass novelty stein he got from Oktober fest.

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