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American Superheroes - Played by Brits

So we all loved Christian Bale as Batman. He brought a needed gravitas back to a role that had been plagued by overacting and visible nipples. We ignored the fact that a Welshman was playing the role of probably the second most popular American superhero (after Superman himself - What's more about The American Way than Supes?).

But my British wife was absolutely gobsmacked to hear that after the next three major American Superhero moves come out (we're not counting you Aquaman), the top three American superheroes will all be played by Brits.

Let's Recap:

Christian Bale. British Actor. Batman. Yet his family left England when he was the tender age of two, so he is acceptable as an American Batman. He also played Rugby, which is probably why my wife fancies him.

Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill. The new Superman. How British is that name? Fans of The Tudors will recognize him. But yes, he does look acceptably Clark Kent-ish in those glasses. I can see it. I think he wi…

It's all right, You can all sleep sound tonight

My wife is a huge fangirl for Superman. She loves the old Christopher Reeve movies, especially, Superman - The Movieand Superman II, gives me withering looks when I disparage Lois & Clark - The New Adventures of Superman (tho she does admit the series is almost as crappy as Superman IV), and has watched Smallville religiously. I've always liked Batman a bit more, what with his humanity, darkness and general willingness to go a bit further than that goody-two-shoes Supes who won't kill a human even if the world depends on it.

But lately I have to admit it's rubbing off. I loved Superman: Red Son, and particularly enjoyed the interplay between Batman, earth's coolest human superhero, and Superman, the √úbermensch who acts almost in a "Father Knows Best" fashion towards us frail mortals in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.

That's why I particularly enjoyed the post from Waiter Rants on The Man of Steel. To Quote in part:

"So I rented the 2006 film Su…

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