Actor Henry Cavill has been revealed as the next man to don superhero fancy dress for a comic book movie adaptation.

The star - who viewers may recognise as Henry VIII's advisor in The Tudors - will sport the famous Superman costume to appear in the latest instalment of the film franchise, which is set to begin shooting soon.

It had been rumoured that a variety of different actors were to be given the role, from Mad Men's Jon Hamm to household name Nicholas Cage.

However, Cavill has now been picked after narrowly missing out on Superman Returns back in 2006.

"He completes a triple for British actors playing superfolk, with Andrew Garfield playing the new Spiderman and Christian Bale pretending to be Batman," pointed out

Superman Returns saw Clark Kent come back to earth after a failed mission to find more of his own kind in space, only to find that he has been snubbed by Lois Lane.