Superman's British: Anyone Care?

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This debate's been raging on for some time now, but I have to finally break my rule of not giving a flying hoo-ha about action heroes and weigh in on it.

You see, Henry Cavill plays the title role in the eagerly awaited Superman: Man of Steel, coming out next year.

And when he was cast, purists started bitching that British people shouldn't be taking the American superhero roles. (Andrew Garfield is the new Spider-Man, by the way, so it's definitely a sort of geographic trend.)

They claimed the outsourcing is wrong, and a Brit just ain't right for the tights.

But I have to fly into this melee and defiantly argue:

(A) There was the same kind of faux controversy when a Yank named Renée Zellweger played the British Bridget Jones, and that ended up with an Oscar nomination and much loving all around.

(B) Cavill obviously has the right parts for the part, if you know what I mean. (Check out the above photo if you're not sure what I'm talking about.)

(C) As it's been pointed out, Superman actually comes from the planet Krypton. Should they only cast someone who hails from there? Maybe Trump can demand they show the birth certificate to prove it.

(D) It's called acting!

(E) Two words: Vivien Leigh.



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Lost Weekend
Lost Weekend

So it true Brit style, I take it Superman is uncut?  This outfit is something Joel Schumacher could only dream about filling.... er, fulfilling.

CMG
CMG

I am actually more concerned about Spiderman.  Superman is other worldly and Bruce Wayne is a preppy elitist, they're naturally different and can get away with transcontinental casting.  Spiderman, however, is quintessential snarky New Yorker.   Instead we get wet blanket Tobey Maguire and now a brooding, youthful late 20s Brit Andrew Garfield (who has a terrible American accent) playing Spidey.   Yep, they're rebooting Spiderman back into a HS setting saying they wanted to 'get younger' and chose somebody who was older than when Tobey first put on the Spiderman suit.    

Mep
Mep

O. M. G.

MartinNYID
MartinNYID

Oh Please. It's so easy: Will & Kate get married, Britain yawns, America creams, and movie marketers give birth to a light bulb. 'Special Relationship'

Nico
Nico

He looks perfect. 

Savannah Montgomery
Savannah Montgomery

Oh I get it Michael...(esp.Vivien Leigh..brill)...but we've been imprinted with:

"Truth, Justice and the American Way!"

[cue: SWOOSH!! and theme music]

Vivi
Vivi

He sure looks right to me.

Wings
Wings

You can see his wee wee!

Savannah Montgomery
Savannah Montgomery

...and I had a pre-teen boner for Jimmy Olsen in the TV series  (TMI?)

Ana
Ana

Actually, it's not. The suit is spandex/lycra, and the muscles are all real. The paparazzi got shirtless shots last week to prove it. 

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