First Look at Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel
08.04.11 by Ryan
Production has begun on Warner Brothers' upcoming Superman reboot, Man of Steel, and instead of allowing "spy pics" to deliver the first look of Henry Cavill in the title role, the studio has released the first still of Cavill in costume. While the picture is a little on the dark side, at least in terms of lighting, it looks like Superman has a longer cape and a more pronounced "S" on his chest.
In a recent interview with Total Film, Cavill described the feeling he had when he first tried on the iconic costume. "It’s extremely cool," said Cavill. "There’s no other feeling like it."
They just put it on, I turned around and look in the mirror and you can’t really play it cool — you sort of guffaw and laugh. I thought "OK, holy hell, this is real, it’s not a joke anymore. This is it...you’re doing it, you’re right in the middle of it."
In order to stay in shape for the role, Cavill revealed his training regimen, which includes (obviously) long hours at the gym and a specialized diet.
I’m on 5000 calories a day… You’ve got to eat protein first, then a little bit of carbs...you’ve gotta keep your hunger levels going. I’m training two and a half hours a day, pushing my body beyond its normal limits, putting on a lot of muscle mass and just making myself look like Superman.
To land the role of Superman, Cavill had to beat out several American actors for the part, a role he had already won once before back when director McG was set to direct a Superman movie. Warners inevitably moved forward with Bryan Singer's Superman Returns instead. Cavill admitted that he was "very proud" to have won the iconic American role even though he is British.
I’m very proud to be British and playing an iconic American superhero...it means I’m doing something right somewhere.
Man of Steel was conceived by screenwriter David Goyer and producer Christopher Nolan, and is being directed by Zack Snyder. Kurt Johnstad is rumored to be doing rewrites. The cast includes the recently cast Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Jonathan and Martha Kent, respectively, Michael Shannon as Zod, Antje Traue as Faora with Russell Crowe and Julia Ormond as Superman's biological parents, Jor-El and Lara Lor-Van.