Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel Will Outdo Batman and the Dark Knight Franchise

There’s been a lot of buzz around Henry Cavill. Although the newly single hunk has been getting more press for calling off his wedding to ex-fiancée Ellen Whitaker, people should be giving him more attention for his starring role in the upcoming Superman movie, Man of Steel.

A trailer of the film premiered before the opening credits of The Dark Knight Rises and audiences have been blown away by what they see. Ever since, Hollywood insiders and fans alike have been eagerly anticipating would could be one of the greatest superhero movies of all time. The only question now is whether Cavill can handle the demands of the role and outdo the critically acclaimed Batman franchise.

The British actor had been toiling away in relative anonymity since his acting debut in The Count of Monte Cristo. He began taking bit roles on British television shows and in small movies, becoming a well-known face overseas. However, his breakout role in the well-respected Showtime’s The Tudors shows that Cavill can really act. Though Cavill is probably most recognized for his role as Theseus in The Immortals, he is still a relative newcomer to this industry. He managed to beat out Matthew Bomer and Joe Manganiello for the part. 

Taking on the responsibility of portraying one of the most recognized figures in the world is no easy task. What’s even harder is doing it as well as it’s already been done before. When Christian Bale stepped on to the screen as Batman in Batman Begins, the film launched a renaissance for the tired superhero film genre.

Nonetheless, considering the disappointment and drama surrounding the last film in the Bale-Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, Cavill has much to prove. Many think that the overabundance of heroes in Hollywood will cheapen the genre once again. However, if Cavill does Superman justice, he’ll prove that superheroes aren’t going down without a fight. 

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Camira Powell

A California girl in every way, Camira was born in raised in Santa Cruz, CA. She is now a proud Stanford Cardinal of the Class of 2013 majoring in Communication. Her interests are varied, including international development, Civil Rights, Education Policy and Women's issues, and the intersections that exist between these subjects

MORE FROM

‘The Defenders’ doesn’t have patience for Iron Fist’s privilege either — and that’s great

The show acknowledges Iron Fist's shortcomings, and that stops him from ruining this series, too.

Know who’s really winning ‘Game of Thrones’ this season? The show’s editing team

Props to Crispin Green and Tim Porter for episodes one and two, respectively. Y'all are some gross monsters.

TJ Miller’s explanation of the “feminist agenda” in ‘The Emoji Movie’ proves the bar is too low

How feminist can a movie with no female writers really be?

On Lana Del Rey’s lust for social consciousness

For her latest studio full-length, LDR proves there's more to her than the flower-crown aesthetic.

‘Game of Thrones’ Theories: Arya and Nymeria finally reunited, but what does it mean?

So, is Arya actually heading back to Winterfell?

‘Game of Thrones’: So Samwell Tarly is basically George R.R. Martin, right?

Finally, Jon Snow's sidekick has a greater purpose.

‘The Defenders’ doesn’t have patience for Iron Fist’s privilege either — and that’s great

The show acknowledges Iron Fist's shortcomings, and that stops him from ruining this series, too.

Know who’s really winning ‘Game of Thrones’ this season? The show’s editing team

Props to Crispin Green and Tim Porter for episodes one and two, respectively. Y'all are some gross monsters.

TJ Miller’s explanation of the “feminist agenda” in ‘The Emoji Movie’ proves the bar is too low

How feminist can a movie with no female writers really be?

On Lana Del Rey’s lust for social consciousness

For her latest studio full-length, LDR proves there's more to her than the flower-crown aesthetic.

‘Game of Thrones’ Theories: Arya and Nymeria finally reunited, but what does it mean?

So, is Arya actually heading back to Winterfell?

‘Game of Thrones’: So Samwell Tarly is basically George R.R. Martin, right?

Finally, Jon Snow's sidekick has a greater purpose.