Out Of My Vulcan Mind wrote:
For comparison: Christopher Reeve was 6'4". Brandon Routh and Tom Welling are 6'3". Dean Cain is 6'.
According to DC Comics, Superman is officially 6'3". So Cavill is close.
Other Superman/Superboy actor heights, because I like making lists:
The first two screen Supermen, Kirk Alyn and George Reeves, were both 6'1", the same height as Cavill. Both stars of the syndicated '88 Superboy
, John Haymes Newton and Gerard Christopher, were 6 feet even. David Wilson, star of the TV version of the infamous musical It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman
, is just shy of 6'3".
I'm not familiar with Cavill, but he has the right facial structure. In fact, he's one of the most classically square-jawed actors ever attached to the Superman role. He looks more like Superman to me than Tom Welling, Dean Cain, or particularly Brandon Routh.
And I don't think it matters that he's not American, considering that he's playing a character who isn't even native to Earth.