Henry Cavill Goes Shirtless in New Images from Immortals and Man of Steel
10.14.11 by BJSprecher
Fans of hunky British actor Henry Cavill have two, yes, two opportunities to see the up-and-coming actor in all of his shirtless glory today. Relativity Media and Universal Pictures have released two new still images from Cavill's latest movie, director Tarsem Singh's (The Cell) swords-and-sandals epic, Immortals, showing him as a svelte, bronze-age warrior. And, coincidentally, three new "spy" pics have leaked out from the Alaskan set of Zack Snyder's Superman reboot, Man of Steel, showing Cavill as a bulkier, bearded Clark Kent.
In Immortals, Cavill plays Theseus, a simple stonemason who is chosen by the Olympian god Zeus (Luke Evans) to oppose the mad King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke), a resurrected Titan who will stop at nothing to acquire the legendary Bow of Epirus, a weapon so powerful that it could spell the end of mortals and immortals alike if it should fall into Hyperion's hands. The large ensemble cast includes Isabel Lucas as Athena, Kellan Lutz as Poseidon, Daniel Sharman as Ares, Freida Pinto as Phaedra, Stephen Dorff as Stavros, Corey Sevier as Apollo, Steve Byers as Heracles, Robert Maillet as the Minotaur and John Hurt as Old Zeus. Immortals opens November 11th.
And, in Man of Steel, Cavill plays Kal-El, aka Clark Kent, aka Superman, a "strange visitor from another planet" who struggles to reconcile his Midwest upbrining with his alien heritage and incredible powers. The new photos show Cavill dirty, bearded and shirtless, wearing tattered pants as he walks away from a house carrying the clothes he was spotted wearing in the set photos that turned up online last week. Some have speculated that Cavill's grungy look is part of Clark Kent's quest to discover himself, but to us it looks like he was not expecting to find himself in this state, either through an accident with his powers or following a run-in with the evil Kryptonians Zod (Michael Shannon) and Faora (Antje Traue), and that he had to scrounge the clothes to blend in (sort of the way Bruce Banner winds up in nothing more than tattered purple pants after he has Hulked out).
The screenplay for Man of Steel was written by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight), co-writer of both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, from a story he conceived with producer Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises). Joining Cavill are Amy Adams as Lois Lane; Diane Lane as Superman's adoptive mother, Martha Kent; Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet; and Russell Crowe and Ayelet Zurer as Superman's Kryptonian parents, Jor-El and Lara Lor-Van. Man of Steel opens June 14, 2013.