By Andy Khouri
Superman is not a role they give to movie stars. Christopher Reeve was unknown when he took the part. The same was true for Dean Cain, Tom Welling and Brandon Routh; the best any of them could claim is a multi-episod guest e spot on a TV show or, in Routh’s case, a supporting role on a daytime soap. Though some bigger names have been considered for the role (Nicolas Cage being the most bizarre among them), filmmakers seem to understand that when audiences look at Superman they should see only Superman, and not the actor who plays the part.
Though Henry Cavill is far from a household name, he is in fact the Superman actor with the biggest pre-cape career — and yet most comic fans probably had little idea who he was when he was cast as the titular Man of Steel. If you’re still wondering who Cavill is, where he came from, and whether he’s going to be any good in the film that opens today, look no further, friend. You have questions. We have answers.
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