London, Jan 31 (Agencies): Actor Henry Cavill will soon be sporting blue tights and a red cape as he has replaced Brandon Routh as the new Superman and his alter ego Clark Kent.

The 27-year-old is the new face for the 2012's 'Superman: Man of Steel' by Warner Bros for the new reboot, which will be directed by Zack Synder of the 300 film fame.

Filming of the Warner Brothers backed film will commence at Vancouver Film Studios, this summer.

According to reports, Cavill had auditioned for the role as the capped crusader for 2006's 'Superman Returns', but the role eventually went to Routh.

He will also follow the lead of the late Christopher Reeve, who starred in four of the feature films in the 1970s and 1980s.

"In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, and I am honoured to be a part of his return to the big screen," he said in a statement.

"He's got an amazing quality. He doesn't look too much like Reeve and Routh but he's big and strong and he has a very modern feel to him," a Warner Bros official said.