Superman is British, and I blame the Disney Channel.

There’s a good chance you know by now that 27-year-old British actor Henry Cavill (The Tudors) has been cast as the lead in the upcoming Superman reboot from WB and Zack Snyder.  I didn’t know who he was before today, but I can’t deny that he’s pretty dreamy.  Will he be able to fill Christopher Reeves’ crotch bulge?  Only time will tell.

The 27-year-old actor was reportedly on the shortlist for “Superman Returns” when McG was to direct it, but when Bryan Singer took over the project he went with Brandon Routh instead. [Yahoo]

[said Cavill of that experience] “When McG was working on a script with them. I don’t know how close I came. I understand it was very, very close and sadly the movie was cancelled because McG didn’t want to fly. He certainly had a big fear of flying at the time; I think he’s since overcome it. He wanted to shoot in New York, they wanted to shoot in Australia for obvious reasons. He said, ‘I can’t do it,’ and they moved on. These things happen. It’s the nature of the business.” [ComicBookMovie]

As GammaSquad points out, this means we now have a British Superman, Spider-Man, and Batman, and a Canadian Green Lantern (and as commenter Jessica points out, an Australian Wolverine).  Americans might be pissed about that, but the truth is, we have only ourselves to blame.  When all our young actors have been recruited from sitcoms on the Disney Channel, you’re pretty much screwed unless you’re casting for the reboot of Little Women.