I certainly think so.
While we have never seen him in any Shakespeare before, he is not unaccustomed to wearing period costumes in The Tudors -- so what if they're not Elizabethan but rather Tudor clothes?
I thought he was quite good in the series, and I thought he was very good in The Immortals. I even remember him The Count of Monte Cristo.
I expect that the producers of the new Superman: Man of Steel film see some great potential in him, and I am excited to see him as the greatest superhero of them all.
My favorite Superman was Christopher Reeve. He was so sincere and accessible as The Man of Steel. The action and emotion, especially in the very first film, were balanced so well.
What with Christopher Nolan's and Zack Snyder's involvement with this new Superman film -- and a screenplay from David S. Goyer (who co-wrote all three Christian Bale Batman films) -- I am confident that this new Superman will not be a disappointment -- it will be satisfying both in action and emotion.
As I have written earlier, Shakespeare's actors were the most popular players of his day, and in our day and age, it would be exciting to have an actor like Henry Cavill on the screen in some new Shakespeare for our new age.
I can imagine him in several roles, like Hamlet, Macbeth, and Henry V. I would love to see him play a villain, like Iago.
For the sake of my versions of Hamlet, Richard III, and The Merchant of Venice -- which set the plays in their original historical context, and show how the plays would have been performed for the first time in history, in Elizabethan London -- I could see him as one of the historical figures of the Elizabethan era.
He would be fantastic as Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, for example. Essex was dashing, heroic but he came to a terrible end, as he led a failed rebellion against Queen Elizabeth.
He was also Shakespeare's friend and patron. After the Rebellion, and after Essex's execution, Shakespeare wrote his Hamlet play to remember and celebrate his dear friend.
I would love to see that relationship on screen, and I think Henry Cavill would be fantastic as the man who inspired Hamlet.
What do you think?
David B. Schajer
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