With the announcement of the casting for the upcoming Batman and Superman movie, cautiously being referred to as Batman vs Superman, the internet is awash with talk of the choice of Ben Affleck as Batman. But what of Henry Cavill, who holds the other iconic role. The 30-year-old British actor has had a bustling career, so let's review the roles that brought him to taking part in the Man of Steel sequel.
Cavill's first role was in the 2001 thriller film Laguna, alongside Joe Mantegna. His next role was in the 2002 screen adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo, a relatively successful movie which also starred Richard Harris. Henry Cavill has starred in many lesser-known movies. He has played small parts in films and also been in TV movies and films that went directly to DVD. These include: Goodbye Mr. Chips (2002), I Capture the Castle (2003), Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005) and 2006's Red Riding Hood and Tristan & Isolde. In 2007 Cavill had a small part in epic fantasy tale Stardust. He also had some small television roles such as appearing in a 2003 episode of popular British crime drama Midsomer Murders. His opportunity to gain international fame as an actor came with TV show The Tudors, which aired on the Showtime channel from 2007 until 2010.
Henry Cavill was part of the main cast of historical drama The Tudors, where he played Duke Charles Brandon. The series was loosely based around the history of King Henry VIII in 16th century England and was well-received for its dramatic story-lines and fine acting. The TV show helped to launch Cavill as an actor in America. It would be another while, however, before Cavill got his silver screen break. Henry Cavill returned to film in 2011's Immortals, a fantasy film of Greek myths. The film was a 3D bonanza with Cavill in the starring role, however it did not offer the recognition that came with Man of Steel.
As fans of Superman will know, Henry Cavill had the title role of Superman/Clark Kent in this year's Man of Steel. Cavill had actually been on track to playing Superman a few years prior in what would become Superman Returns (2006), but the choice of director was changed so he lost out on the role to Brandon Routh. Another missed chance for fame was in 2006's Casino Royale, which eventually went to Daniel Craig. Cavill finally got a chance to cut his teeth in a main role in a blockbuster film in Man of Steel.
This reboot of the franchise saw Cavill fill the shoes of one of the most recognizable superheroes there is, as he donned the red cape to much fan acclaim. The film has had box office success, taking in $657 million internationally. His role in the upcoming 2015 Batman and Superman movie will follow on from this, as he stars opposite Ben Affleck as Batman. Fans are not sure what to expect, but one thing is for sure, Henry Cavill is a promising actor so his reprisal of the role is not likely to disappoint.
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