News on the Superman reboot has been fairly quiet recently, but now we’ve got some big news, with Warner Bros. official announcement of who will be donning the red cape this time around. And that man is Henry Cavill. He’s fairly unknown, having only had small roles  in the likes of Stardust and Tristan & Isolde. But he’s always been committed to trying to get into big roles, having previously auditioned for Batman and James Bond. But now he’s finally hit a big name role. Here is Warner Bros. official press release:

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today that Henry Cavill has won the coveted role of Superman, the iconic superhero.
 The film will be directed by Zack Snyder, who stated, “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.”

Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder are the producers of the film. The screenplay is being written by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and Nolan. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are serving as executive producers. Cavill recently wrapped production on “The Cold Light of Day” and stars in the upcoming “Immortals,” opening this fall. Targeted for release in December 2012, the new Superman movie will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Now it’ll be interesting to see whether the British star Cavill (who was actually born in Jersey) will become victim to the Hollywood Superman curse. Any actor who has portrayed Superman in Hollywood seems to have had something unfortunate happen. George Reeves, who portrayed Supes in the 1950’s, was found dead in circumstances that are still unclear to this day. Christopher Reeve, who most famously portrayed the Man of Steel in four movies, suffered a tragic accident on a horse which left him paralysed. Brandon Routh seems to have got it off easy, still working but his Superman Returns was considered a failure and now he’ll never don the cape again in what should’ve been a rebirth of the franchise. Cavill has already had bad luck in the past, so surely the curse won’t follow him. I for one think this is an interesting choice and I’m much looking forward to 2012 when we get to see Supes back on the big screen.