I must admit that when I heard that Zach Snyder had cast Henry Cavill as Superman in the upcoming reboot, I didn’t think much of the decision. First, Zach Snyder was directing, which is an issue depending upon what you think about what he has done so far. I think that he’s competent, but not by any means exceptional. I mean, “300” was OK, though not considered to be the most masculine film ever made by some–which is ironic, considering that the film is about conflict on a large scale; and there are few things considered more masculine that death and destruction.
The question is if he has the directoral chops necessary to handle a character as well-known, as iconic, as Superman. His last film, “Sucker Punch”, may have caused some to reconsider their faith in his abilities.
As I have said, I am not sure that Zach Snyder can carry this film, though if there’s one thing that I don’t doubt, and that’s his choice of Henry Cavill. I had never seen him act, and the pictures that I have seen since only reinforced that a bad choice was made. That is, till I saw Joel Schumacher’s Blood Creek. It was a pretty mediocre horror film, though the cast was an interesting one.
As I said, the film wasn’t very good, but Henry Cavill was. He appeared taller than he did in interviews, when he’s generally seated; Superman is a tall guy. Under six feet would be unacceptable in my book. I guess he’s at least 6′ tall, and has looks that many could consider All-American, despite hailing from the United Kingdom.
He looks like he could not only pull off Superman, but Clark Kent, which is perhaps the hardest of the two roles.