As long time Twilight fans know, Henry Cavill was Stephenie Meyer’s first choice to play Edward Cullen. Before a film was even being made, Stephenie had a page up at her website that named several current actors and who she felt best caught the spirit of her characters. Fans everywhere had icons and manips of Henry as Edward with quotes from the book. Some people still have those! So when news of Henry Cavill being cast as Superman hit the internet, many Twilight fans took notice!
As the resident Superman fan here at the Lexicon, I can’t stress how excited I am to hear this news! Cavill was actually passed over as Superman a few years ago when Brandon Routh won the roll. Now, with the apparent “reboot” of the series, a new writer, a new director, and a new Superman have all been brought into play. The reboot will be similar in the way that Batman Begins rebooted the Batman franchise, going with a darker, grittier tone. (Although, as a Superman fan it’s difficult for me to understand how you can make a “dark” story about a man who gets his powers from the sun, but that’s a topic for another fandom! LOL!)
So congrats to Henry Cavill for landing one of the most coveted and talked about rolls right now. In fact Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Joe Manganiello (True Blood), and Armie Hammer (The Social Network) where all up for the role. I’m sure there will be many Twilight fans heading to the theatre to see Henry take on the duality of Clark Kent/Superman. Tell us in the comments what you think about this one time Edward favorite taking on such a recognizable role.
Check out how E! looks at “Five things about the New Superman.“
And as a bonus, hear Stephenie Meyer’s quick comment about Henry when we spoke to her at the premier of Eclipse. Amanda Bell from The Twilight Examiner asks about casting Diego From Bree Tanner around the 7:34 mark which leads to a short discussion about Henry.