There's an old idiom that goes, "Always a bridesmaid, never a bride." When it comes to the comic book genre, the saying could go, "Always a sidekick, never a superhero." But in the case of actor Henry Cavill, even that adage doesn't quite fit.
Cavill has achieved a large following for his role as Sir Charles Brandon on "The Tudors," but he's missed several opportunities to increase that fan base even more. There are reports that the young actor narrowly lost the role of Batman to Christian Bale some years ago. He was later attached to play Superman for director McG, but that project never flew, even if he did get to wear the costume.
To add insult to injury, Cavill was apparently a lead contender for the role of Hal Jordan in "Green Lantern" before losing the part to Ryan Reynolds. That's three misses with DC Comics, for those of you keeping score. If things continue in this tradition, Cavill's tights-wearing habits could remain in period pieces.
So maybe, just maybe, Cavill should consider crossing the street from DC Comics to Marvel Comics. With several Marvel Studios projects in the works -- including and especially "The Avengers" -- there are likely several roles that need filling, and in my estimation, Cavill could be perfect for some of these jobs. Let's run down a few of them:
HAWKEYE: Clint Barton is the resident marksman on the Avengers squad, though his wisecracks are often as sharp as his arrows. Cavill could easily portray Barton, a character that lacks prominence in the mainstream eye despite an important role in the current Marvel Universe.
With a mix of arrogant swagger and some of the authoritative tough guy attitude he demonstrates on "The Tudors," Cavill might meet the mark for Hawkeye.
ANT-MAN: Hank Pym is the sometimes abusive and alcoholic superhero known as Ant-Man, though he's also gone by Yellowjacket and Wasp. Despite his personal problems, Pym is an undisputed scientific genius, even if he is responsible for creating the robotic menace known as Ultron.
Since Pym's Ant-Man was one of the founding Avengers, it's only natural for the character to show up in the 2012 film, and it could be a role for an actor of Cavill's caliber. Who knows, it could even lead to a starring turn in Edgar Wright's planned "Ant-Man" film.
MISTER FANTASTIC: Most recently portrayed by Ioan Gruffudd, it would appear that the ever-stretchy role of Reed Richards is up for grabs, thanks to Fox's rumored reboot of the "Fantastic Four" franchise. If Cavill couldn't land a spot on the Avengers lineup, perhaps he'd fare better with Marvel's first family.
The determining factor would be whether or not Fox chooses to age Reed's character -- but if Cavill just adds a dash of gray to his hair, then playing Marvel's smartest superhero would hardly be a stretch for the budding actor.
What Marvel roles do you think Cavill is suited for? Let us know your suggestions in the comment section!