Jan 31 2011
Good morning people, it’s Monday, it’s the end of January, it’s freezing here and this guy is Superman. Wait, what?
Yes, for some reason Warner Bros. thought the best time to make their latest giant casting announcement was yesterday, and let us know in an official statement that Count of Monte Cristo and Tudors actor Henry Cavill was going to be their new Man of Steel.
I don’t know much about the guy, as Monte Cristo was like a decade ago, and I haven’t seen an episode of The Tudors. I will say that he looks the part of a young Clark Kent/Superman with all those chiseled features the good Lord has blessed him with, and I’m willing to give him a shot.
But here’s the rub. Superman has always represented truth, justice and the American way. Cavill is British. Is this a problem?
There seem to be two sides to this argument. One is that currently Batman and Spider-Man are also British (Christian Bale and Andrew Garfield) and Wolverine is Australian (Hugh Jackman), so who cares if the actor playing Superman is from the wrong country of origin if he can fake the accent convincingly?
The counterpoint however is that Superman is more uniquely American than any other superhero (except uh, Captain America). Yes, his popularity has exploded worldwide, but in the comics, he’s always been closely tied to America, often doing the bidding of the US government directly.
I’m in the “don’t give a shit as long as it’s a good movie” camp, but I’m curious to hear if any of you object to this decision. If so, why? And it doesn’t have to be because of the British thing.
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