MAN OF STEEL: Superman Henry Cavill Discusses The Trend Of Foreigners Playing Superheroes

MAN OF STEEL: Superman Henry Cavill Discusses The Trend Of Foreigners Playing Superheroes

Henry Cavill discusses the controversy behind the trend in Hollywood to cast foreigners in Superhero roles. The British actor will be playing the American icon, Superman, in Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel, and compares his situation with Chris Hemsworth's role as Thor.


Why aren't more American actors being cast as superheroes? Over the past decade Hollywood has cast a surprising amount of British, Australian and Canadian actors into these roles, which is something that would seem foreign just a few decades ago. Heck, David Prowse, the actor that played Darth Vader in Star Wars wasn't even allowed to audition for Richard Donner's Superman just because he wasn't American.

But in today's world many high-profile superhero roles like Batman (Christian Bale), Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield), and Superman (Henry Cavill) have been portrayed by English actors. X-Men's Wolverine and Marvel's Thor are being portrayed by two Australian actors, Hugh Jackman and Chris Hemsworth. These roles are even being outsourced to our neighbors from the north, Canadian actor, Ryan Reynolds, just recently played Green Lantern. No Way, Eh!

Henry Cavill discusses that controversy with Details Magazine. "I suppose it's a fluke," says Cavill. "It's about who looks right for the character and for the generation it's being cast for. If you only look at the American market, you're narrowing down your options an awful lot. The point of acting is to pretend you're someone else and sell a story. Chris Hemsworth is an Australian man, not a god from Asgard. It would be even more fluke-y if every person who was playing a superhero was American."

Cavill sounds extremely proud of Man Of Steel is the best incarnation of Superman to date. "I don't mean anything against the movies and TV shows that have come before, because they were of their time, but this is epically cool," Cavill explained. "People in the past have criticized the character for being a bit chocolate-box, a bit vanilla, and this is not that—at all. The lore is there that we're drawing from, but to create something from that which is reflective of life today—that's the trick."

Synopsis: Next summer, "Man Of Steel" is coming to the big screen. The film is from director Zack Snyder and producers Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer & Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and and published by DC Comics.

Man Of Steel, starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Michael Shannon, Antje Traue, Russell Crowe, Laurence Fishburne, Christopher Meloni and Harry Lennix. The reboot flies into theaters June 14th, 2013!

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Knightrider - 11/26/2012, 2:33 PM
What a perfect way to sum it up. This whole outrage over a Brit, Aussie, or any other nationality playing any character is just dumb. Best actor or actress regardless is what I say.

Also Henry Cavill may get my vote for the most perfect ambassador for a movie ever. When ever he talks about this movie he just seems to hit the nail on the head every time, and has done things, E.G. that picture with that kid, that you rarely see these days.

So fingers crossed for next year.
Knightrider - 11/26/2012, 2:35 PM
Plus, no one hardly complained when Meryl Streep (American) played Margret Thatcher (British), who is a real person whereas these characters are fictional.
Spideyguy94 - 11/26/2012, 2:38 PM
Most superheroes aren't defined by what country they come from, Only ones like captain America are.
Tony93 - 11/26/2012, 2:39 PM
"epically cool" amen to that Cavill!
Tony93 - 11/26/2012, 2:42 PM
I've watched that trailer more times than I can count..
LP4 - 11/26/2012, 2:49 PM
This is going to [frick]ing own.
Funsize - 11/26/2012, 2:50 PM
A lot of villains have been played by foreigners too.
JerBear - 11/26/2012, 2:56 PM
Captain America is the only major superhero who HAS to be played by someone of a specific nationality.
ManofSteel23 - 11/26/2012, 2:58 PM
Because...we are sexier :)
mrkymrk702 - 11/26/2012, 2:59 PM
well said cavill...PLUS..superman wasnt born in america so hes not american..hes from another planet..krypton so hes kryptonian
Toasty - 11/26/2012, 2:59 PM
Superman isn't American he's [frick]ing Kryptonian for a start and the whole argument just comes from how biggoted a lot of American's are towards anything but they're country.
JumpinJehosaphat - 11/26/2012, 3:00 PM
Is this honestly a controversy, or something merely cooked up by some tabloid?
unknownfacts - 11/26/2012, 3:05 PM
In actuallity the comic book characters aren't american either. Case in point Thor is from Asgard,Superman is from Krpyton and so are many other charactors Wolverine is Canadian. So the points is kind moot when the comic book characters themselves are not Americans.
angus666 - 11/26/2012, 3:08 PM
I like to think of Superman as a world icon, not just an American icon.
Knightrider - 11/26/2012, 3:10 PM
@Dgabbor2 An Australian has played Bond before. I will agree that people would get annoyed, remember when they made Bond blonde, but like Thatcher Bond, albeit not so much anymore, is based on a real person - Ian Fleming himself, apparently.

D117 - 11/26/2012, 3:10 PM
Cavill does have a point, but I'm excited for this film
Joe6Pack74 - 11/26/2012, 3:11 PM
Its not like he will be going around saying "the names Man, Superman".
CharacterAssassin - 11/26/2012, 3:12 PM
American actors are simply incompetent to play these types of films. They'd rather play roles such as romance, thriller, comedy, and/or drama.
odie00 - 11/26/2012, 3:17 PM
I'm american and even I have to admit that we have crappy american actors that can't do the job for comic book roles, other than like Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man or Chris Evans in any role he does, cause hes had had quite a few comic book roles. Pretty much the Brits got it down. I think they take their acting more seriously to be honest.
Bodwulf - 11/26/2012, 3:17 PM
"the controversy" ???????
SimyJo - 11/26/2012, 3:18 PM
*"yeah its silly, but if they ever cast an American as James Bond im pretty sure England would explode in furious anger"*.

Speaking as a Brit who's father has worked on Bond films, I have absolutely no problem with an American playing Bond if... IF... he both looked the part AND pulled off the accent and nuances of the character as a British Secret Agent.

The door swings both ways. I am hoping Cavil portrays the spirit of Superman as both Kal-El the last son of Krypton AND Clark Kent the American rural homegrown farm-boy.
I hope he nails the spirit of the character, the accent, the whole package.

I agree with the consensus that say "concentrate on the character" and not on the nationality of the ACTOR playing them, because (imho) thats just silly misplaced nationalism.
starkillerkch - 11/26/2012, 3:25 PM
I don't care who plays superman as long as they stick to the character. But the only thing that would not be okay is if they make them have far different physical traits then the source material.
FilmsFan - 11/26/2012, 3:30 PM
& why is Captain America has to played by an American only.

He's an American character for sure; unlike Superman who's an immigrant & not just for America but for World as well!
Cap is American; but why it maters that only an American can play him!

Daniel Day Lewis is playing Abraham Lincoln; DDL is Irish-Bristish & Lincoln is a real guy!
Nothing is wrong there so why it matter even Cap is being played by an American only!

He's a fictional character; whoever plays him; HE'S JUST GOING TO ACT! He's not going to be CAP in real life!

Cavill looks ripped as Superman!!
As Amy Adams & Micheal Shanon has repeatedly praised him; I hope he's just Awesome in Dramatic stuff as in Action!

Bring the trailer now!!
Hope Zod & SUPES have a Lazer battle of epic proportions; just truly epic & brutal!
GoodNuph - 11/26/2012, 3:32 PM
All this Hype, this better be good!
but if memory is correct, the first superman was a brit, as well!
WarnerBrother - 11/26/2012, 3:35 PM
Superman is very much an American.He was raised in the heart of America,with American parents,high school friends and neighboors.He works in an American city,
for an American newpaper, under an American identity that pays American taxes.

The public persona of Superman may be a global figure,his DNA may be from Krypton,
but the heart of the man is the Clark Kent from Smallville Kansas.


I don't see it as an issue of which nationality is competent with regard to superhero casting since a lot of yanks are still being cast. Hell the next Batman could be an American actor again if the Armie Hammer rumors are true.

Studios are just casting a bigger net for the right look and getting the best guys possible as they should.

RDJ,Chris Evans,Chris Pine,Jeremy Renner,Samuel L Jackson,Anthony Mackie
(The Falcon) Jamie Foxx (maybe Electro)Michael Shannon (Zod) are being cast so there is hardly a lack of manly men in the good old USA.
LoudLon - 11/26/2012, 3:43 PM
I think it comes down to the simple fact that English actors are better trained and generally better in dramatic roles than American actors, who are usually cast more for their looks than their acting chops. There are exceptions, obviously, but imagine Hannibal Lecter being played by first choice Gene Hackman, or Patrick Bateman in American Psycho being played by the studio's first choice Leonardo Dicaprio, or if Fox had gone with Keanue Reeves, who showed a great deal of interest in the role, as Wolverine. It wouldn't have worked. At all.

I want the best actors for the roles. If that means English actors playing American characters, no skin off my nose, and more power to 'em.
FirstAvenger - 11/26/2012, 3:47 PM
Teabag that's disturbing.
D117 - 11/26/2012, 3:56 PM
@tea O_o
Ranger14 - 11/26/2012, 3:57 PM
I have no challenge with foreigners playing superhero/American superhero roles as long as it isn't Sam Worthington, who can't hide his accent if his life depended on it. :-P
ArtisticErotic - 11/26/2012, 4:01 PM
Chris Hemsworth and Henry Cavill have been mentioning each other a lot in interviews lately.

I guess Thor and Supes do have a bone to pick with each other.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 11/26/2012, 4:10 PM
He is going to make himself sound America obviously. If people actually complained about him being cast because he is British, they are retarded.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 11/26/2012, 4:10 PM
m0th3r - 11/26/2012, 4:15 PM
Doesnt matter were the actor comes from I want a good actor that loves the part. Chris Evans LOVES being Cap. RDJ loves being Stark...We need him to embrace the character, and it sounds like they have done that..i am becoming more haters please...lets not miss out on the mythos and symbolism

Superman is ULTIMATE POWER...the classic "Power Corrupts" is put under control by what? Classic Americana. He is a farm feed, classic american values (or at least how they saw themselves at the time), all american boy. That "raisin'" was the suggested reason why he never had become corrupted..He was raised with pure american values.

Now i bet right now some people are screaming at me. Im not agreeing (or disagreeing for that matter) just suggesting that in the time frame he was created, and by should be considered the values of his family, his clearly American (come on, Smallville?) family were what guided Clark to becoming superman. That absolutely should be preserved. Actually HIGHLIGHTED...and contrasted against the current political environment.

Also, has anyone asked are American published superheroes perceived overseas (box office aside)....especially the ones like Cap or even Supes that have alot of the ole Red, White and Blue to them...
CaptainAmerica31 - 11/26/2012, 4:18 PM
Well a lot are defined by American values( justice , doing the right thing) but it's acting, you can act American it's no big deal.
Mixedsuperman - 11/26/2012, 4:18 PM
Its because in America the idea and image of a man today is skinny jean wearing, big hair having, teenage body type looking kinda of guy.
B4TM4N - 11/26/2012, 4:25 PM
@ Dgabbor2
James Bond was played by an aussie once and he was shit. Cavil, is British but so far looks the part and is acting the part. Ryan Reynoald, American, Green Lantern, total shite.
B4TM4N - 11/26/2012, 4:33 PM
Besides who said Supes is American, He's a Kryptonian an alien for crying out. He didn't even come from another country, he came from another plant. So get of your high horse. If the KKK had their way they'd kick him out too.
Ranger14 - 11/26/2012, 4:39 PM
^^^ No one is saying he is American by ethnicity. They are saying he was brought up as an American with American small-town values. Most people who were born somewhere else, but grew up in the U.S. consider themselves American.
B4TM4N - 11/26/2012, 4:43 PM
just wish supermans new costume was a little bit more brighter. Otherwise looks awesum! very modern up to date.
XavierLehnsherr - 11/26/2012, 4:52 PM
giant testicles
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