Now that Henry Cavill ("The Tudors") has been cast as the man of steel in the upcoming "Superman" reboot, directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan, we're now getting a few more details about the decion.
It turns out that the 27-year-old British actor beat out five contenders for the role, including Matthew Goode (Watchmen), Matthew Bomer (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), Armie Hammer (The Social Network), Joe Manganiello ("True Blood") and Colin O'Donaghue (The Rite).
Goode was on the short list to play the lead role in "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," but had to take himself out of the running in order to leave his schedule open for "Superman." Bomer played Superman in several Toyota commercials and was Brett Ratner's first choice to play the character in the "Superman" remake, which Bryan nger eventually took over. Hammer, meanwhile, was set to play Batman in the "Justice League of America" movie, which eventually got scrapped.
And Cavill has his own "Superman" past. He was on McG's shortlist for "Superman Returns" before the director was replaced by nger. Nolan first noticed Cavill when the actor auditioned for the role of Bruce Wayne in "Batman Begins" and has condered Cavill a contender for the Superman role ever nce the reboot was announced.
There have also been talks of a "Justice League" movie, posbly directed by Nolan. Christian Bale has already agreed to return for any film that Nolan wants him for, but what does that actor think of Cavill as Superman? When E! Online asked Bale that exact question during the SAG awards, Bale looked at the reporter with a blank look, before stating: "Well done for whoever you mentioned."