Editorial Cartoon: Henry Cavill the New Superman

Editorial Cartoon: Henry Cavill Superman

So it seems that there are some American comic fanboys upset that an American icon like Superman is being cast by British actor, Henry Cavill.   Henry was incredible as Duke of Suffolk, Charles Brandon in the Showtime series (I believe being rerun on BBC), The Tudors.  And according to my wife, he is good eye candy so he has that going for him too.

Most of you may not get the “Jersey” line but Henry is actually from the island of Jersey.  Not New Jersey, but one of the Channel Islands, part of the Crown Dependencies of Britain.  Now here is where it gets confusing for an American.  I learned long ago the differences between England, the United Kingdom and Great Britain.   For those of you who did not, our friend Duncan recently reposted this video explaining it all.  (Take note Friggin Loon.  When you steal content from the Mad Hatters, at least give them credit..haha).


Here’s the confusing part for me.  Many Americans might call Henry an “English Actor” but he is not from England so he cannot be.  Yet, even the UK paper, the Guardian, confuses us even more when they refer to him as such.  As in this article saying “As long ago as 2005, the Twilight author, Stephanie Meyer, was talking up Cavill’s abilities: “I feel really passionately about him getting the role,” she said, but the part eventually went to another English actor, Robert Pattinson.

Now that we have determined he is a British actor and not an English one, should either really matter when you are playing an alien who lives in the United States and was co-created by a Canadian??  Then again, would anyone in the UK be upset if an American played James Bond with a decidedly English accent?

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  1. nursemyra says:

    He certainly does qualify as eye candy

    • Jande says:

      I have to agree with you on that point. (I followed the wiki link after reading your comment) Can’t wait to see him all in tight spandex.

  2. Duncanr says:

    We Scots do not much like Americans mistaking us for English or thinking Scotland is a region of England – Ggrrrr !!!

    As for Americans playing roles that call for them to adopt an English accent, I don’t think anyone would criticize if the accent is done well (is believable). It’s when the accent sounds phoney that eyebrows are raised about his/her selection for the part

    • Bearman says:

      But you can see how confusing it can be when your own UK papers call someone English who is not. Do you still refer to yourself as British??

      You mean you didn’t like Kevin Costner’s accent in Robin Hood??

      • Jande says:

        Loved the cartoon, Bearman! :`)

        I very much enjoyed the video, too, thanks. But I’m guessing that when people from the UK refer to an “English Actor” they are referring to an actor from the UK who speaks UK English (as opposed to American English which is almost another language, hahah) with an English (England) accent. That’s what I mean, when I use the term “English Actor”.

  3. Bo Lumpkin says:

    The only Jersey I’m familiar with is a dairy cow. On the other point just how do we know that everyone on Krypton doesn’t speak with a British Accent. I really think they should have had an Australian to play him. I have no idea who this guy is but then I don’t get out much.

    • Jande says:

      It stands to reason that if they all come from Krypton, then they speak with a Kryptonese accent(? – I suppose it wouldn’t do to call it a Kryptonite accent … 🙂 ), which may or may not SOUND British. But I’m with you on the Australian. That would be very cool.

    • Bearman says:

      If I was born in Krypton but completely raised in the US, I think I would have a US accent and not a Kryptonian one. Then again Kryptonians sound like Marlon Brando.

      • Jande says:

        You’re right, of course. I was only referring to the people raised on Krypton. I wonder how superman eased his conscience about those forged Clark Kent Identity papers of his?

  4. Bo Lumpkin says:

    I posted with the wrong email address and got that goofy lookin’ picture again.

  5. Jillsy Girl says:

    I’ve gotten somewhat good at distinguishing the different British accents. Sometimes I can even tell what area of England someone’s from. But, then again, I can totally f*ck it up and think someone’s from S. Africa when they’re really from the UK. All those bloody accents we have to contend with!

    • Bearman says:

      My wife is amazed when I can easily talk in an Irish, then Scottish, then English, then throw in some Cockney just for kicks. Now a Welsh accent, I don’t know if I could distinguish.

  6. First the Brits took James Bond and now Superman. Oh the humanity!

  7. Dan says:

    So the curse of the cape crosses the pond, I wonder what will happen to Henry?

  8. Jason Salas says:

    I vote for a Mexican Superman. I’m of Mexican descent and I don’t have any ethnically similar superheroes to fictionally look up to.

  9. Duncanr says:

    Thought I’d just mention the Actor playing Batman in the new movie – Christian Bale.

    Here’s what wikipedia says of him . . .

    Christian Charles Philip Bale (born 30 January 1974) is an English actor . . .

    Bale was born in Wales to parents of English descent.

    Now if Bales was born in Wales, he is Welsh first, British second – what he is certainly NOT is English. Just saying !

    • Bearman says:

      Then again that (and several other) articles I cited above say Andrew Garfield (the new Spiderman) is British but he was born in LA and didn’t move to England till he was 3.

  10. George says:

    First Nick Fury goes from looking like Lee Majors to Samuel L. and now this.

    Well, I guess if Tobey Maguire can play Spider-Man and Michael Keaton surprised me as Batman, then this guy should be ok. 🙂

  11. Yoo mayk a good poynt Mista Bearman becorz everywun nose that Sooperman is from the planet Krypton but he woz probly ternd into an American sitizen to get a job at the nyoozpayper wen he is Klark Kent so he woodent be werking as a illeegool aylyen. Hay he reelky is an aylyen…
    AAAIIIEEEE run away run away the aylyens ar kuming!!!

  12. Binky says:

    That’s just not cricket!

  13. Brad says:

    I feel bad for that last guy who played him in Superman Returns. The movie was just okay, but I thought he nailed the part.

  14. Mel says:

    What was wrong with the last guy they cast as Superman? I thought he did a great job. I think he is from Iowa.

  15. MJ says:

    Great Job Bearman! (I originally posted how I feel about most of the superhero features, but it’s kind of moot!)

  16. Friggin Loon says:

    Tsk, tsk Bearman, I don’t steal anyone’s stories or anyone’s gif files (Duncan!) I have a reservoir of news sauces without stealing from another blogger. Nice try!
    Hmm, aren’t all the actors who play Superman cursed? George Reeve (murder/suicide), Christopher Reeve (we all know that one) and Dean Cain (drugs). Good luck with that Henry Cavill.

  17. bschooled says:

    You said it, Bear! They´re even talking about this here in Nicaragua. I say who cares? Is it really going to make Superman a less believable character than he already is?

  18. DadaHyena says:

    Superman’s a filthy alien! He’s gonna put facehuggers on alla’ us ‘f we don’t stop him! (insert sound effect of spit hitting a cuspidor).

  19. Nice video I am glad you posted it. I did not know the difference. I guess I am one of those dumb Americans. At least I am informed now.

  20. SpilledInkGuy says:

    What are you trying to do to me, Gov’nah (you know how easily I get confused)! 🙂

  21. Well i’m a slave driving what ever it was. lol
    I say. i say, i say
    An english (brittish) actor pretending to be American.
    tut tut tut. 😀

  22. Not knowing Jersey from New Jersey is nothing. I always used to get people (from Florida) asking my wife how long it takes to drive to England.

  23. FJ says:

    Nice toon Bear. I got the geography in-joke, so what do I win.

  24. Will says:

    Britain sure must have a bunch of “isles”? I just recently met someone from a place called the Isle of Man.

  25. Bearman says:

    Don’t forget all the British virgin islands. Thanks for stopping in Will. Make it a habit

  26. kenny is obsessed with superman.

    oh the conversations i’ve had to endure on the details of who is right and or wrong for this role.

    people realize he’s not real, right? people realize that it doesn’t FRICKEN matter right?

    people realize that there’s been 700 superman remakes and they can’t all be winners, right?


  27. Midtoon says:

    So, Bear, do you consider yourself a Scottish Comic Stripper, a British Comic Stripper or an English Comic Stripper? Sounds funny either way!

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