The new Superman has been cast and it’s Henry Cavill! Over the weekend Warner Bros announced that they, along with director Zack Snyder, have chosen the British actor to take over the coveted superhero role. Cavill is 27 years old, and is a native of the U.K. That’s right, Superman, the All American hero, is now European! Check out the official details regarding his casting below…

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today that Henry Cavill has won the coveted role of Superman, the iconic superhero.

The film will be directed by Zack Snyder, who stated, “In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, and I am honored to be a part of his return to the big screen. I also join Warner Bros., Legendary and the producers in saying how excited we are about the casting of Henry. He is the perfect choice to don the cape and S shield.”

Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder are the producers of the film. The screenplay is being written by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and Nolan. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are serving as executive producers.

Cavill recently wrapped production on “The Cold Light of Day” and stars in the upcoming “Immortals,” opening this fall. Targeted for release in December 2012, the new Superman movie will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Cavill is best known for playing the role of Charles Brandon on the defunct Showtime series “The Tudors.” He was Henry VIII’s (Jonathan Rhys Meyes) right hand man, and sometimes frenemy who got into his fair share a trouble with the king and the ladies.

Cavill was one of the best parts of the show, and we’re really excited that he’s been given this major feature film opportunity. Did you know that he was originally set to play Edward Cullen in Twilight but he lost out because he was too old? That was a blessing in disguise because even though Cullen seems to be all the rage now, he can never compare with the legacy that Superman has.

Has anyone else noticed that all of America’s major superheroes are being played by U.K. actors? Christian Bale is Batman, Andrew Garfield is Spider-Man, Cavill is Superman. Interesting.

What do you think of Cavill being cast as the Man of Steel? Is he the right choice?

Source: Coming Soon