Henry Cavill has had the Superman gig in the bag since 2004
Before it was Henry Cavill as The Man of Steel with Zack Snyder directing a script by David Goyer and Christopher Nolan producing, it was of course Brandon Routh as Supes with Bryan Singer directing. But before that? Well, it was still Henry Cavill except with McG in the director's chair with a script from JJ Abrams! That is before it all fell apart on account of McG 's fear of flight (kind of ironic since he was to direct a film about the most famous flying man ever).
According to a Dark Horizons scoop from way back in 2004, Cavill was both the director's and Warner Bros' top choice as the man to don the S. That envisioning would have also possibly seen Johnny Depp as Lex Luthor, Adam Brody as Jimmy Olsen, and either Rose Bryne or Selma Blair as Lois Lane. Well, at least they were one for three (I don't see any of those casting choices carrying over)!
So, Cavill has been in talks off an on for a long while! Who did he beat out? The Hollywood Reporter is saying the other frontrunners were Snyder's Ozymandias, Matthew Goode, Matthew Bomer (White Collar), Joe Manganiello (True Blood), and Colin O’Donaghue (THE RITE). THE SOCICAL NETWORK'S Armie Hammer was also apparently on their list but, if you recall, he opened up about being considered for the role but stated:
“I did talk to my people recently about that for the first time, and I think they’re going a little older with Superman. I hear they’re going 35, 40.” (Cavill's only 27 so I guess that turned out to not be true).
THR also revealed the reason for the odd announcement timing, which was early Sunday. Apparently, WB wanted to be the one to make the official announcement via press release before it leaked online and "only a handful of execs knew the choice. In fact, many top Warners execs found out only after Cavill had been called Sunday morning."
Additional Source JoBlo
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