Henry Cavill's Superman to Be "As Contemporary" As Possible

Henry Cavill's Superman to Be "As Contemporary" As Possible

The casting of Henry Cavill in Zack Snyder's Superman film will usher in a new era for the Man of Steel, and the impression given from Warner execs is that this will be an opportunity to put away previous cinematic versions of the character and offer something new.

"He's got an amazing quality," a studio exec confided to Deadline.com. "He doesn't look too much like Reeve and Routh, but he's big and strong and he has a very modern feel to him. We're really going to try and make Superman as contemporary as possible."

This will, of course, mean the John Williams theme from Richard Donner's Superman: The Movie that symbolized the character for a couple of generations will be retired. The film itself will likely be as radical a rethink of the franchise as Batman Begins was to Batman and Robin.

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SHHH - 1/30/2011, 1:33 PM
RIP One Of Greatest

LEEE777 - 1/30/2011, 1:34 PM
He actually does look A LOT like Reeves and Routh lol!

But [frick]ing glad we got CAVILL hellz yeah!!!

Exiles - 1/30/2011, 1:35 PM
hey if its any good as batman begins then it works for me but one thing I don't want to see is some dark take because no matter what you say thats not superman but I am not saying it should be totally campy. I just hope we get to see superman return to the big screen properly this time
luckylu - 1/30/2011, 1:36 PM
sad to see the the john williams score go but oh well. this sounds great and hopefully supes will beat some sh*t up and throw lots of punches and fully use his powers.
gibbyblaylock - 1/30/2011, 1:36 PM
Hey Darth Vader, didja hear? They're not going to use John Williams' theme for the new Superman movie.

jazzman - 1/30/2011, 1:36 PM
new theme music i cant wait but the theme music got to be epic


to me he doesnt.

EdGross - 1/30/2011, 1:36 PM
I think I mentioned this a while ago: I had the opportunity to meet Cavill in person and talk to him for a few minutes, and while he was speaking all I kept thinking was that this guy would make an incredible Superman. Very pleased about this news, and you damn well that Leee is, too. I guess WB listened to you.
continuezero - 1/30/2011, 1:36 PM
Tough to judge, I haven't seen anything he's been in...but at least the Welling and Routh arguments can finally stop. He does look the part.
drfate - 1/30/2011, 1:37 PM
dahamma - 1/30/2011, 1:37 PM
good, Reees was great, but i dont want a reeve imitation like Routh did. Give us a new take on the character.
revloveR - 1/30/2011, 1:38 PM
@leee exactly.

kinda wish he was taller though.
DaenerysTargaryen - 1/30/2011, 1:39 PM
I want to see this:

*or at least a fight where superman beats the living crap out of someone*
Cyclops - 1/30/2011, 1:40 PM
Next Brainiac and Lex Luthor castings...
LEEE777 - 1/30/2011, 1:43 PM
ED @ Wicked stuff, I bet he's a real nice guy too!

He's great in TUDORS and was class in STARDUST too!

revloveR @ ; )

...an yeah he is 6'1" tho, they can make him look a couple of inches taller easy.
Moreci333 - 1/30/2011, 1:45 PM
This is good news, we need a real re-boot and to do that they have to change the theme its to campy and cheesy for today plus it would just remind me of Donner and Singers Superman and again its too cheesy. But it better be a real epic theme, themes help make the movie.
LEEE777 - 1/30/2011, 1:47 PM
P.S. Pity about the Superman tune tho, but Cavill makes more than up 4 it lol! : P

Just hope we don't go to day one again, Superman's origin has been told a billion times, we need straight to the Superman action!

(Bit like they did in The Incredible Hulk)
Twenty23Three - 1/30/2011, 1:51 PM
I wonder if this gives us a hint at them attempting to give us a modern suit? Id rather keep it classic but you never know what they are thinking over there at WB
Ship - 1/30/2011, 1:53 PM
ahh, the can use the theme for action scenes, and i hope a lot of fricking action, the theme is part of superman, is like his cape, in fact it seems like when we see the cape swing, it is singing the jhon williams theme.
I Warning u Warner, use the theme for action scenes. we all like it.
GUNSMITH - 1/30/2011, 1:57 PM
Exiles - 1/30/2011, 1:59 PM
@LEEE the superman origin story has only been show once on the big screen and that was in donner's superman so how you came to the conclusion thats its been shown a billion times on the big screen I will never know.

I for one don't care if they do the origin or not I want a good movie its that simple
Cyclops - 1/30/2011, 1:59 PM
Does this mean new suit?
EdGross - 1/30/2011, 2:00 PM
Hopefully they'll incorporate the Williams theme at certain moments in the score. As to the costume, I have to agree with CaptainProg: getting rid of the "underwear" will, I think, contemporize the outfit in a very good positive way.
ThomYorke - 1/30/2011, 2:01 PM
isnt hans zimmer doing the score?
Phlegmbot - 1/30/2011, 2:02 PM
It'd just be nice if we had an American actor in the role for heaven's sake. It's Superman.

I keep thinking of what Donner said when he got onto his Superman flick: "There were no Americans working on this thing." Or words to that effect.

Plus, this guy looks a bit too much like Dean Cain for me...who always felt more like a Superboy than a Superman.

Would've liked this guy:

ManofSteel23 - 1/30/2011, 2:03 PM
Maybe they can use SAVE ME by Remy zero for the theme ;p LOLZ
Twenty23Three - 1/30/2011, 2:05 PM
no hans zimmer said he isnt doing the score, he just commented on it.
supersteveprime18 - 1/30/2011, 2:06 PM
just dont change the costumes to much
Flop123 - 1/30/2011, 2:07 PM
Good stuff. It doesn't really bother me that they are changing the score to much, but they HAVE to stick with the same basic costume!
YourMomNaked - 1/30/2011, 2:07 PM
Tiny better [frick]ing LIVE in the gym if he's not to be CGIed.
Angelus - 1/30/2011, 2:09 PM
Most interesting. I guess the iconic costume will get an update as well. The Williams theme is without a doubt one of the msot iconic themes ever made, as most of his themes are.

I know this is kinda laaaame but I wanna suit where his cape and insignia intervenes:

Anyway, Henry Cavill will do Superman justice!
Twenty23Three - 1/30/2011, 2:11 PM
the thing about the suit is they wont have it the same as any we have seen before, merchandising will see to it that its a new take i think. However after how faithful Snyder was with Watchmen I'm hopeful we will get a classic supersuit.
NotThatGuy - 1/30/2011, 2:12 PM
O well.
zachman2013 - 1/30/2011, 2:12 PM
he better punch somthing....and costume wont get changed..snyder said cavil "would be best to be in s shield and cape...besides in watchmen costumes were spot on for almost every character.
jazzman - 1/30/2011, 2:13 PM

but yet American actor been playing British characters u know RDJ is playing Sherlock Holmes.


the guy been hit the gym he got ripped for his new movie coming soon.

also u need to realise Superman should not really look like a bodybuilder.

this is what Henry Cavill looks like now from the set of "The Cold Light of Day"

luckylu - 1/30/2011, 2:21 PM
@videocolor-really? you had to post your comment that big?? really????
boredsox78 - 1/30/2011, 2:21 PM
eh i wish they'd keep the john williams theme, but oh well. great find!

vermillion - 1/30/2011, 2:22 PM
Yeah he doesn't need to look like a body builder, he needs to look like he grew up on a farm. Like Tom Welling looks in Smallville, really.

Henry Cavill is going to be a great Superman. So glad he got the role.
Twenty23Three - 1/30/2011, 2:24 PM
but then again you can NEVER change iconic themes and make it work I mean imagine if they changed the STAR TREK theme for a movie it would just be...oh wait they did and it worked better than the original would have
LEEE777 - 1/30/2011, 2:24 PM
SUPERGUY @ Birthrights good but JOHN BYRNES MAN OF STEEL is awesome!

And no we don't need to go back to square one but if they do thats the way to go, the true origin of SUPES!

But exactly, the suit should be left alone, don't want it turning into the new Spidey lol.

EXILE @ Cool.


ED @ Perfect... incorporating the score is the way to go!!!

RichardTheNerd - 1/30/2011, 2:27 PM
I've got no issues with not using John Williams' theme -- this stems from feeling a little uneasy with no Danny Elfman theme in Batman Begins. Trying to apply something that isn't part of a complete vision would feel too forced -- much like Superman Returns.

Sure, Elfman's theme isn't as iconic as Williams' Supes, but it's the same principle.

Thank you John Williams for giving an amazing piece of art for the last 30 years, but it's time to try something new.
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