But it was announced in October that director Zack Snyder ("300" and "Watchmen") would take on the project with a reboot of the story that will hopefully resonate with a younger audience that is accustomed to darker, more brooding super heroes. According to some sources, the film is tentatively being titled, "Superman: Man of Steel".
The L.A. Times reported Sunday that Snyder has found his new lead to play the dual role of Clark Kent/Superman in the person of actor Henry Cavill.
British actor Henry Cavill, who is largely unknown to those who aren’t fans of the Showtime drama “The Tudors,” has landed the part of perhaps America’s most iconic character: Superman.
Cavill will play the red-and-blue-clad superhero, as well as his alter ego Clark Kent, in the Zack Snyder-directed reboot of the franchise set for release in December 2012, Warner Bros. announced Sunday.
The 27-year-old actor is familiar with the role as he reportedly was very close to getting it in 2006′s “Superman Returns,” before director McG was replaced by Bryan Singer, who instead cast Brandon Routh.
He will be much better known to movie fans this November when he stars in the Greek myth drama “Immortals.”