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BY MAURICE SCARBOROUGH
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Look up in the sky! Itâ€™s a bird, itâ€™s a plane, no, itâ€™s - a new Superman.
DCâ€™s â€śMan of Steelâ€ť is getting a new movie and -- along with it -- a new actor to don the red cape - 27-year old British actor Henry Cavill best known for his role in the Showtime series â€śThe Tudors.â€ť
Weâ€™re analyzing coverage from The New York Times, Chicago Now, The Guardian, and The Los Angeles Times.
The British actor is no stranger to a pair of tights. Cavill has previously auditioned for a number of superhero roles including Batman and the Green Lantern -- but was beaten out by more established actors. But as The New York Times points out - to land the role of Clark Kent, you usually need to fly under the radar.
â€śIn the mythology of comic books, Superman is the survivor of a dying alien planet who is sent to earth to become its protector... director Zack Snyder did not have to search quite as far to cast his title character, but in the tradition of previous installments of the franchise, he has settled on a relative unknown...â€ť
News of the Brit actorâ€™s casting has been met with some skepticism. One contributor for blog Chicago Now doubts Cavill is the right pick for one of Americaâ€™s biggest icons.
â€śWhat is Superman's motto? Truth, justice and the AMERICAN way... My problem is I think Superman, much more-so than any other superhero, is the epitome of what a true American is all about and should be played by one.â€ť
But a writer for the Guardian points out, Cavill is only the latest of the Queenâ€™s subjects to take on the role of an American superhero.
â€śHis casting as the Man of Steel means that America's greatest superheroes are played by a triumvirate of British talent. Andrew Garfield has taken on the role of Spider-Man, while Christian Bale is currently filming his third Batman movie.â€ť
And a writer for the LA Times notes, Cavill might be a better fit for the tights than we think.
â€śIt might be worthwhile noting that the hero of Metropolis is, in fact, an intergalactic immigrant. The last son of Krypton may celebrate the Fourth of July, but letâ€™s remember he arrived in Kansas as the ultimate outsider and then won all of us over as, um, a resident alienâ€ť
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