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OTRC: Henry Cavill of 'Tudors' cast as next Superman

Henry Cavill is shown in a scene from the Showtime drama series, 'The Tudors.' (Photo courtesy of Showtime Networks)

Henry Cavill of Showtime's, "The Tudors," will be the next Superman in a film helmed by "Watchmen" director Zack Snyder.

Cavill's representatives at Creative Artists Agency confirmed the casting news on Sunday to OnTheRedCarpet.com.

In a release by Warner Bros. to Entertainment Weekly about the film, Snyder says, "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."

The new Superman film is slated to hit theaters in December 2012 with Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer, the writing team behind "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight," penning the script. Nolan, who also directed both "Batman" films, is also on board as a producer.

This isn't the British actor's first run at the big red cape - he was reportedly in the running for the part in the 2006 film, "Superman Returns" but Brandon Routh was chosen for the role instead.

Cavill, who is most likely known for his role as Charles Brandon on "The Tudors," will also be seen later this year in the action picture, "Immortals" in which he will play Greek warrior Theseus. He is also slated to star opposite Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver in the thriller, "The Cold Light of Day."

The last actor to don the cape for the silver screen was actor Brandon Routh in the 2006 film "Superman Returns." Perhaps the most famous "Superman" actor was Christopher Reeve, who played the superhero in four films.

The first Superman on television was George Reeves, who portrayed the hero on "Adventures of Superman" from 1952 to 1958. Dean Cain donned the cape for four seasons in the '90s on "Lois & Clark: The Adventures of Superman," while Tom Welling has been portraying Clark Kent on "Smallville" for ten seasons. Welling, however, has yet to wear the infamous blue and red tights on the show, which is in its final season.

The choice of Cavill also signals another British actor portraying an American superhero on film. Christian Bale has had a successful theatrical run as Bruce Wayne/Batman in "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight," while American-born but English-bred Andrew Garfield is currently shooting "Spider-Man."

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