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[First Look] Henry Cavill as Zack Snyder’s ‘Superman: The Man of Steel’

Posted by , on February 17, 2011 at 10:27 am 

Production on Zack Snyder‘s Superman: The Man of Steel hasn’t even started yet and there have already been (likely bogus) rumors of troubles. As “godfather” of the film, Christopher Nolan is likely wrapped up with The Dark Knight Rises, so I can’t see him assisting Snyder in any big way from here on out. With Henry Cavill the only confirmed cast member as Supes himself, Entertainment Weekly has him on the cover of their magazine. While it obviously is no still from the film, we can see Cavill donning the famous S on his chest and I think he has the right look for Clark Kent. The article also points out the title of the film is still unconfirmed, but I’ll stick with The Man of Steel until we get a new one. Cavill also shared a story about the screentesting for the film, in which he had to don the famous suit:

Cavill’s audition, which included shooting a screen test wearing a replica of Christopher Reeve’s once impressive, now dated Superman suit. “If you can put on that suit and pull it off,” says Snyder, ‘that’s an awesome achievement.” Cavill was feeling less than super in the moment, at least about his ability to fill out the costume: He had just finished shooting a film with Bruce Willis called The Cold Light Of Day, and the part required to him to shed the impressive abs of steel and muscle tone he had put on for the movie he made right before that, the forthcoming mythic fantasy Immortals. As an assistant helped to him put on the Super-suit, Cavill recalls: “All I could think was: Oh, god. They’re going to look at me and go ‘He’s not Superman. Not a chance.’ The actor inside me was going: You’re not ready! You’re not ready!” Snyder saw something — or rather someone — different. “He walked out, and no one laughed,” says the director. “Other actors put that suit on, and it’s a joke, even if they’re great actors. Henry put it on, and he exuded this kind of crazy-calm confidence that just made me go ‘Wow.’ Okay: This was Superman.’”

Superman: The Man of Steel hits theaters Christmas 2012.

What do you think of Cavill’s look?

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