Say what you will about Zack Snyder and Man of Steel, but the casting for the film has been pretty great so far  – Henry Cavill (the man himself), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Russell Crowe (Jor El), Kevin Costner (Pa Kent), Diane Lane (Ma Kent), Lawrence Fishburne (Perry White) and more.

Today, Henry Cavill talked about what it was like to put the suit on for the very first time, as well as his desire to play James Bond if ever the opportunity arose. Also, check out the first pictures of Cavill’s new look – sans costume, of course – as Superman/Clark Kent.

Courtesy of Total Film, Cavill talked about preparing for the role of Superman:

“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.”

On putting on the costume for the first time [Update: An official image of Henry Cavill’s Superman costume has been released by Warner Bros., check it out here]:

“It’s extremely cool. 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.’”

On the role of James Bond, which he was up for when Daniel Craig was cast:

“That would be absolutely amazing. If they approached me on that I’d leap at the opportunity to do it. But that’s of course well away for the time being…”

What Daniel Craig’s James Bond lacked in brunette follicles, he more than made up for with rugged masculinity, an essential attribute for any portrayal of James Bond. While it would be unfair to suggest that Cavill is completely lacking in ruggedness and/or masculinity, he’s far more known for his pretty boy looks – which is probably what won him the starring role in Man of Steel, at least in part.

British nationality notwithstanding, Cavill is pretty spot-on for Superman – or at least a version of Superman, as there are many.  They certainly could’ve done far worse, too. Of the potential candidates for the role – including Armie Hammer (The Social Network), Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries), and Joe Manganiello (True Blood) – Cavill was by far the best.

What are your feelings on Cavill as Superman? Good choice? Bad choice? Would you have preferred someone else? Let us know in the comments.

Man of Steel hits theaters July 14, 2013.

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Sources: Total Film, (via Movie Hole)

Header Image from Justice League #2 by Jim Lee.