Henry Cavill on Pumping Up for Man of Steel and Wearing Superman's Iconic Suit
04.12.11 by BJSprecher
If you've seen the still image of Henry Cavill as Theseus in Indian director Tarsem Singh's (The Cell) new fantasy epic, Immortals, then you know that Cavill has the dedication and fortitude to get himself into incredible shape for a role. Still, his "lean, mean, fighting machine" Theseus build hardly seems appropriate for his upcoming role as Clark Kent, aka Superman, in director Zack Snyder's Superman franchise relaunch, Man of Steel, and Cavill agrees. According to the British actor in a recent interview with MovieLine, he plans on going "beyond" his Immortals training to get a superhero-worthy physique.
It’s going to be a different kind of shape. When you see the Immortals shape you’ll see what I mean. We obviously haven’t had the final brief yet, it’s going to adapt and change as far as when Mark [Twight, trainer] sees my body adapting to the training he’ll go, "Okay, Henry can do this," or "Henry can’t do this," or "His body will look better like that." It’ll be fine-tuned and tweaked as we go along. But I think it’s going to be a different sort of shape from Immortals
Cavill also revealed that, while he has not seen the final movie costume, he has done some "concept costume fittings" and the experience was "really, really fantastic."
I mean, I’m sitting here talking...about being Superman, for example. And then it dawns on me and I go, "Oh my God, I’m Superman!" It’s really exciting and an incredible opportunity, so as soon as I’m jumping into the costume and stuff it starts to become real. ... As soon as you don the cape and the S shield, it’s one of those things where you go, "Wow—this is real."
Man of Steel was written by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) from a story idea conceived by Goyer and producer Christopher Nolan. The cast includes Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent and, the most recent addition, Michael Shannon as Kryptonian villain General Zod. The movie is expected to go into production "at the end of the summer" and be released in December 2012.