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Henry Cavill returns to his Man of Steel role as Clark Kent/Superman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This time, he’s facing off against the caped crusader (played by Ben Affleck). Before the Zack Snyder-helmed superhero film hits theaters on Friday, March 25, here are five things to know about the British actor:
1. Early Years
Cavill was born on Jersey in the Channel Islands, a territory of the English Crown. He has four brothers and was bullied as a child by his classmates, who called him “Fat Cavill” because he was overweight. He attended the Stowe School in England. His early film roles include the 2002 adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo along with Red Riding Hood and Tristan & Isolde. He starred on Showtime’s series The Tudors from 2007 to 2010, and was cast in Man of Steel in January 2011.
2. Not His First Attempt at a Superhero
Cavill beat out a slew of names for the Man of Steel role, including Joe Manganiello and Armie Hammer. But it wasn’t the first time the British actor had hoped to become a superhero. He had previously auditioned for Batman/Bruce Wayne in Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight series (the role went the Christian Bale) and he screen tested for Superman: Flyby, which had a script by J.J. Abrams and was, at the time, supposed to be directed by McG. The film was never made. He also came close to becoming James Bond for Casino Royale, but that role went to current Bond Daniel Craig.
3. Russell Crowe is His Mentor
Crowe, who starred in Man of Steel with Cavill is much more than just a colleague to Cavill. When Cavill was just starting out, working as extra in 2000 on the set of Proof of Life, he asked Crowe for advice. A few days later, Cavill received a package from Crowe that included a signed photo that read: “Dear Henry: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
4. The Dating Game
Cavill, 32, is currently dating a 19-year-old college student named Tara King, whom he brought to the Batman v Superman premiere. “People say, ‘Age is just a number.’ A lot of times it’s not just a number. It’s actually a real and true sign of someone’s maturity. But in this case, she’s fantastic,” he recently told Elle magazine. He added: “When I was 19, I was going out with a 32-year-old.” He had a previous on-again-off-again relationship with actress/mixed martial artist Gina Carano and briefly dated The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco. He was previously engaged to British Showjumper Ellen Whitaker in May 2011, but they broke up later that year.
5. What’s Next
Cavill will put back on the cape and tights for The Justice League Part One and Part Two. Part One hits theaters on Nov 17, 2017 while Part Two is slated for June 14, 2019. He’s also finished work on Sand Castle, a war drama set in Iraq about a squad of U.S. soldiers trying to protect a small village. Nicholas Hoult also stars.
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