Superman’s British: Anyone Care?


This debate’s been raging on for some time now, but I have to finally break my rule of not giving a flying hoo-ha about action heroes and weigh in on it.

You see, Henry Cavill plays the title role in the eagerly awaited Superman: Man of Steel, coming out next year.

And when he was cast, purists started bitching that British people shouldn’t be taking the American superhero roles. (Andrew Garfield is the new Spider-Man, by the way, so it’s definitely a sort of geographic trend.)

They claimed the outsourcing is wrong, and a Brit just ain’t right for the tights.

But I have to fly into this melee and defiantly argue:

(A) There was the same kind of faux controversy when a Yank named Renée Zellweger played the British Bridget Jones, and that ended up with an Oscar nomination and much loving all around.

(B) Cavill obviously has the right parts for the part, if you know what I mean. (Check out the above photo if you’re not sure what I’m talking about.)

(C) As it’s been pointed out, Superman actually comes from the planet Krypton. Should they only cast someone who hails from there? Maybe Trump can demand they show the birth certificate to prove it.

(D) It’s called acting!

(E) Two words: Vivien Leigh.

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