Henry Cavill On Training For ‘Superman: Man Of Steel’

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henry cavill as clark kent in superman man of steel Henry Cavill On Training For Superman: Man Of Steel

Henry Cavill, the Man of Steel himself was at WonderCon in San Francisco this weekend to promote his upcoming visually epic adventure, Immortals — stay tuned for our coverage of that film in the coming days. While there, a few wily fans and journalists were able to get some questions in about his role in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman: Man of Steel.

One of the main topics of conversation was how the actor is preparing for the more traditionally buff look of the Kryptonian hero that Snyder is hoping to achieve for his iteration of the Superman franchise.

As we were able to report in our earlier interview with director Zack Snyder, the Man of Steel will indeed be facing a fearsome workout routine. “Henry’s gonna be hitting the iron pretty hard,” laughed Snyder in response. Snyder’s wife, Deborah, explains that he’s already started and that on day one of signing him, Cavill had to meet with the trainer and fight choreographer of 300..

“They’ve put him on a plan. He’s started in England and as of April 1st we have him full time with us for all that training.”

We we able to follow up with Cavill during our participation in a select press event for Immortals. When asked if Superman going to be more of a combative/hand-to-hand Superman than we’ve seen to date, given the level of the training he is engaging in for the role, the actor cautiously responded:

“I’ve only started the aesthetic part of the training so far, as far as all of the fight stuff goes, there’s only so much I can say… and I don’t know how much I can say… so I’ll have to go with nothing (laughing).”

In a separate interview with Movieline, the actor elaborated on the physical look they are working to achieve for his portrayal of Superman.

“I’m not quite in Immortals shape like I was, but I’ve got the base there again. When you see the Immortals shape you’ll see what I mean. We obviously haven’t had the final brief yet [on 'Superman shape'], it’s going to adapt and change as [my trainer] sees my body adapting to the training. He’ll go, ‘Okay, Henry can 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.”

Given what they Snyder’s had to say about Cavill beginning to train with their fight coordinators, the “buff” build the actor is working to achieve for the role, the scope of the director’s previous work (which includes expansive and elaborate fight/action sequences), and the planned reboot of this character — we continue to maintain the strong possibility that this Superman will take on a more active, physical fighting role. How this will play out in terms of the hero’s nearly omnipotent combat abilities, remains to be seen.

In terms of the appeal of playing iconic, larger than life, characters such as Superman or Theseus in Immortals Cavill said:

“I think in us, when you’re a boy you want to be the hero, the one that’s killing all the ‘baddies.’ I think as an adult, you leave that behind in your childhood and so yes, there is an enormous fun in doing this and being the hero. I suppose that’s the appeal, the only appeal. It’s just escapism and fun to be one of the players in the stories that you read as a kid.”

Superman: Man Of Steel is due out in theaters in December of 2012.

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  1. thats one thing i do love about snyders films. his fight sequences are epic and they look fluent. his style with sups abilities will be somthing i know will be amazing to watch.

    • Precisely. That’s the main thing for me.

    • eye

  2. Well as long as they don’t have him lifting Kryptonite Islands I will be happy.

  3. I seriously can’t wait. Cavill looks good and will look even better once filming begins. Perfect casting choice in my book. Thanks Snyder for giving me something to look forward to. :)

  4. ya cant wait for the first trailer it will prob apear before the avengers.

    • yeah trailer should be good

  5. I would love to see a more physical Superman. He is so powerful that his fights don’t last long. I hope Synder scripts some truly epic fights. No one punch knockouts this time.

  6. The animated Superman films certainly had some of
    the most epic Superman fights providing a template of sorts.
    Zack Synder is just the guy to mount such visuals in a live action film.

  7. He is going to have to bulk up a lot. I saw pictures of him from this event, and he was far smaller than I thought he was. I was very surprised. In a bad way.

    Someone said here a few days ago, that if Cavill couldn’t or wouldn’t do what Chris Evans did, then he doesn’t deserve the role of Superman, and I agree.

  8. I would like to see him play “The Man of Steel” dressed in the Red & Blue Costume along with the Red Cape fighting off the super-villains.

  9. “I’m not quite in Immortals shape like I was, but I’ve got the base there again. When you see the Immortals shape you’ll see what I mean.”

    The problem with Cavill’s statement here is, even in the Immortals he wasn’t bulky. He was ripped sure but he needs to put on some real size. So if the Immortals look is his goal, then he will be missing the mark.

    He needs to talk with Chris Evans trainers about how to physically bulk up.

  10. Cavill is a bit shorter and smaller looking than some of the others who played Superman (no i didnt list every actor to ever play the role)

    Christopher Reeve 6ft 4
    Tom Welling 6ft 3
    Brandon Routh 6ft 3
    Henry Cavill 6ft 1

    • Dean Cain is shortest.

      • And he was a good Superman. The height of the actor isnt that important.

        • I agree it isn’t absolutely necessary but it does carry a certain amount of weight.

          There is a correlation between height, general bulk and being physically imposing. Yes you can have someone who is 6’4 and a tent pole but that is one extreme. I think we can all agree that while James McAvoy is a good actor, having him play Superman would not work no matter how much he managed to bulk up.

          Superman needs to be a physically imposing personality and a large but hopelessly clumsy oaf as Clark. That’s what makes the two personas work so well. (and one of the many reasons why I didn’t buy Routh as Superman)

  11. I would love to see this Superman behaving like the one in those Fleischer cartoons. He’s almost invulnerable, but Newton’s laws apply to him too. When hit by a sufficiently hard force, that Superman would get hurled some distance away. When pushing against structures or powerful machines, he has to strain himself while at it.

    • Those cartoon were made 70 years ago and they still capture the essence of the character brilliantly.

  12. I don’t get it. I’ve given up completely. I’ll stick to Superman 1+2, The Animated Series and Smallville, anyone else seen the new shots of Tom Welling wearing the glasses from Booster, he looks every inch the comic version of Clark Kent, he doesnt need to completely change how he looks unlike Cavill.

    • You know, I didnt even think of that! Welling or Routh could play Superman in the JL movie! Excellent!

  13. What’s all the fuss over over Cavill’s body shape? I don’t hear any one of you complaining of Christopher Reeves shape in 1 & 2, and those are almost universally loved. And last I checked, Cavill looks “buffer” than Reeves did.

    • And his body shape doesnt bother me either, anyone can bulk up, but his facial features will never change, and he just doesnt look like Superman.

  14. I wasn’t talkin about Cavill’s body shape, it was his height.

  15. I just think Superman should be a little naturally bigger and not look like a boy. He doesnt look like Superman, and we already had 10 years of Smallville, cant we just get a mature iconic adult Superhero? Geez.

    Maybe Im just old, lol.

  16. I meant my post as a reply to Mongoose, not about his height.

    • my previous post that is…. :)

  17. Well, at least they’ve got a trainer known for a movie like 300 – where everybody really did look like Supermen – on him.

  18. Bring on the Deca Durabolan
    300 cast style!

    30 pounds of “lol natural ” muscle in 30 days, GUAR AN Teeeeeeeeeeeeeeed!

  19. Maybe if he told everyone how long it took to get to Earth from Krypton they would be impressed by how he looks when he’s 3+ light years old.

  20. Vin Diesel as Lex Luthur and Lindsey Lohan as his seductive girlfriend is how I would proceed. Vin would reinforce Henry as the man of steal, strong enough to defend the world. Thus, Vin would be an excellecnt choice for a villian and Lindsey Lohan might be bad enough to seduce him.

  21. As far as him not being American could be a discussion but don’t really care just PLEASE play the part well.

  22. Looks like he will be doing a great job with the part, just curious what is actual training routine consisted of

  23. MAN OF STEEL will make Over $1 BiLLiON Dollars Worldwide, Henry Cavill is a Good Actor & Amy Adams is Very Beautiful & a (4 Time-Oscar-Nominee) Plus C-NOLAN is The Writer & Producer, i think The New Suit Looks Great & much better than The Old Light Blue Suit that looked like a SMURF & with The OutSide UnderWear was NOT Good, i Will See MAN OF STEEL in 3D.