Cavill 'beat Goode, Hammer to Superman role'
Published Feb 1 2011, 10:23 GMT | By Simon Reynolds Henry Cavill
reportedly beat actors such as Matthew Goode, Armie Hammer and Matthew Bomer to win the role of Superman.
According to The Hollywood Reporter
, Goode - star of Superman
director Zack Snyder's Watchmen
- was the runner-up for the coveted comic book part.The Social Network
's Hammer, Colin O’Donaghue (The Rite
) and TV stars Bomer (White Collar
) and Joe Manganiello (True Blood
) were also in the running to play the Man of Steel.
Cavill, who has appeared in Stardust
and Showtime's The Tudors
, is said to have only found out that he landed the role hours before Warner Bros made the official announcement
The 27-year-old British actor almost played Superman before in director McG's proposed movie in 2004. When the director was replaced by Bryan Singer, Brandon Routh was chosen instead to lead the cast of Superman Returns
Cavill also auditioned for Batman Begins
and Casino Royale
but lost out to Christian Bale and Daniel Craig for the high-profile franchise roles.
Snyder's as-yet-untitled Superman
movie, penned by David Goyer and produced by Christopher Nolan, will open in cinemas in December 2012.> In Pictures: Superman on screen