The new Superman film being produced by Christopher Nolan and directed by Zack Snyder has recent news: actor Henry Cavill landed the role of Clark Kent and Superman.

“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 Brothers, 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.”

— Zack Snyder

I gotta admit: I was hoping for Brandon Routh getting another shot with a better script or Tom Welling making the leap from Smallville to a Superman movie — though I’m sure they don’t want the reboot to feel like a continuation of Superman Returns or Smallville.

Interesting enough, Cavill was considered for the role in the past by both McG and Brett Ratner. It’s meant to be if the opportunity presents itself again and Cavill lands the role.

The film is slated for release in December 2012.