Henry Cavill

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Metropolis, you have your new Superman.

Warners Bros. and Legendary Pictures announced today that Henry Cavill has been cast as the man of steel in the new Superman movie.

Cavill, 27, is best known for his role as of Charles Brandon on the Showtime series The Tudors. His latest film—aptly titled for the budding superhero—is Immortals, slated for release this fall.

Zack Snyder, who will be directing the Super reboot, says in a statement: "In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, and I am honored to be a part of his return to the big screen. I also join Warner Bros., Legendary and the producers in saying how excited we are about the casting of Henry. He is the perfect choice to don the cape and S shield."

Also rumored to be on the consideration list for the role of Clark Kent was Mad Men's Jon Hamm and True Blood's Joe Manganiello. Superman: Man of Steel is slated for release in December 2012.

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