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Henry Cavill: Nerdage’s #1 actor with geek appeal

by Matthew Price Published: June 15, 2011
attends the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival opening premiere of 'Whatever Works' at the Ziegfeld Theater on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
attends the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival opening premiere of 'Whatever Works' at the Ziegfeld Theater on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Henry Cavill, star of “The Tudors” and “Stardust” got a major boost in geek appeal when Zack Snyder chose him to star as Clark Kent/Superman in the upcoming film reboot of the Superman property, “Man of Steel.”  He comes in at No. 1 on Nerdage’s list of actors with geek appeal.

The film, set to open in Dec. 2012, co-stars Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Superman’s earthly parents, the Kents.

Snyder told Nerdage back in March that he wasn’t worried about casting an English actor as Superman.

“No, not at all, because Batman’s English too,” he said, referring to Christian Bale.

The 28-year-old Cavill had been considered for Superman once before; he auditioned for the “Superman Returns” role that ended up going to Brandon Routh.

Dean Cain, who played Superman in the 1990s TV series “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” recently weighed in on Cavill’s casting.

“They (journalists) asked me because Henry Cavill’s a Brit you know, so they said, ‘A Brit’s going to go play Superman and it’s a big deal. How did I feel about that?’ like it’s a big affront.

“I have no problem with that whatsoever because the reality is the character himself, Superman, was from another planet, but he was raised in the middle of America with smalltown American values.”

- Matt Price

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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