First Image of Henry Cavill as Superman in ‘Man of Steel’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 6th, 2013 at 1:43 pm,

First Image of Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel First Image of Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel

Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have released the first image of Henry Cavill as Superman in Zack Snyder’s reboot film, Man of Steel. This comes on the heels of images of Cavill sporting “Man of Steel hair” and describing how it felt to wear the Superman suit.

But will fans embrace this version of Superman? Or will they nitpick the suit, the look of the actor, and the overall tone of Snyder’s film to death, based on this one image?

In my experience working on the Interweb, it will most likely be the latter. But I digress.

Snyder’s film will explore Clark Kent’s early days and his transition into becoming the world’s greatest superhero. While the script by and story from David S. Goyer and Chris Nolan have been kept secret, rumor points to several popular Superman storylines (“Secret Origin“, “Superman: Birthright“) having a direct influence on this reboot film.

As for the cast of the film: A Warner Bros. Press release confirms a lot of the casting we already knew about ;-):

The film stars three-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams (“The Fighter”) as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane, and Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne (“What’s Love Got to Do with It”) as her editor-in-chief, Perry White.  Starring as Clark Kent’s adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent, are Oscar® nominee Diane Lane (“Unfaithful”) and Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves”).

Squaring off against the superhero are two other surviving Kryptonians, the villainous General Zod, played by Oscar® nominee Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road”), and Faora, Zod’s evil partner, played by Antje Traue.  Also from Superman’s native Krypton are Lara Lor-Van, Superman’s mother, played by Julia Ormond, and Superman’s father, Jor-El, portrayed by Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”).

Rounding out the cast are Harry Lennix as U.S. military man General Swanwick, as well as Christopher Meloni as Colonel Hardy.

The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer, from a story by Goyer and Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics.

As for this image: It reveals the Superman suit which will be used in Snyder’s film, how Henry Cavill looks in the role, and tries to play up the physics of a Superman world. Check it out below:

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Already fans are picking apart everything from the look of the suit (“It’s like he got it from the Nike store!”) to the length of the cape, to the hairdo, to the expression on Cavill’s face (too much scowl, not enough…what? Smiles?).

For our part, the suit looks pretty good. Iconic, yet modern, in the vein of the upcoming rebooted comic book version of Superman. This picture also does a good job of depicting the fact that Superman is a super-strong being, which is an aspect of the character Snyder has said he wants to focus on. This should be good news for all of you out there who have been wishing for an epic, building-leaping, metal-crushing, high-flying Superman flick. You want Superman action, this image (if it’s a hint of things to come) is Superman in action.

As for the hairstyle – we’re not salon stylists, but it does make sense that as Superman he would have a hairstyle that was totally different, thereby distancing his superhero self from his mild-mannered alter-ego. The fact that Clark and Superman both had the relative same hairstyle in the comics never really made sense to me (a pair of glasses can’t disguise things that well).

Take a look at Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman:

How do you guys feel about Cavill’s look as Clark Kent/Superman?

Superman: Man of Steel will be in theaters on June 14, 2013.

Source: Warner Bros.

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  1. Im not a superman geek, but that suit looks even more silly then superman returns… but he does look the part

  2. Very nice!

    Hater gonna hate, but srsly gtfo. This will be very good. I know it will.

  3. He looks evil…

    • He looks like he’s robbing the bank. That scowl has got to go.

    • Got to agree with you there, there’s something almost…animal like about him.

    • would you look happy if you just got knocked into a bank vault?

  4. The suit looks way better than that of the original. Use your eyes.

    • i think it looks pretty dumb but then again i was using my mouth so i guess i was doing it wrong.

      • And I was using one of my ears! “Use your eyes” Thats what I’ve been doing wrong all these years.

        • Yeah, and you got 4 of them!

  5. Loving the suit, I think it’s a perfect version of it. Also, I think the “played up physics” will work brilliantly.
    I still don’t see Cavill as Superman though, and unfortunately this image just confirms it for me.

    • Same here, Cavill has a total different “look” then Reeves and Routh.
      But is that a bad thing?

      • different look for a different theme. Cavill works. superman hasn’t always ‘looked’ the way he does

  6. its cool for once to see a “strong” looking superman. Very badass. Don’t mind the costume, but I’m not blown away by it either. I’m looking forward to seeing some more shots of him in the light, get a better overall view of him.

  7. sorry to feed into the stero-type you have alreayd laid out to describe all fan boys but here comes a bit of nit picking…his hair seems completely wrong to me…and the suit is reminiscent of Singer’s superman with a more prominent S…I know they might be going for darker and grittier but I still think they made a very poor choice here in the actor…but then again this is just one image and I will reserve final judgement until I see a trailer of somesort…That all being said I dont think this movie is going to be terrible, I think it actually has potential to be good regardless of my feelings toward the actor playing him…so here’s hoping that they do something amazing this time around…

  8. Um…ok…don’t know what to say…

    • DSB Is it just me or does it look like Superman is trying to act like Batman?

      Did people accuse Cavil of being baby face and pretty boy so much that he decided he’d attempt to be a gritty tough as nails bad a superman ? Because not only is that the wrong choice, but his face isn’t convincing. It looks like someone trying to look tough more than someone who is tough.

      • That was always my concern. Superman isn’t Batman, he shouldn’t be gritty or dark. The costume is cool, shame about the actor wearing it, he doesn’t look like I thought he would but I’m not really convinced by his trying to look tough.

        • Agreed! The way he looks to me is Superman meets Sex and the City.

        • Yea I don’t mind the costume. Then again as much as I couldn’t stand Superman Returns I didn’t have a problem with the costume there either.

          This movie is just all about bad casting and a director that simply doesn’t fit the film.

          • Terrible casting indeed, Daniel, Fishburne as Perry…WTF

  9. you had to figure Snyder would put his own little spin on what the suit looks like. i dont mind it, but it’s gonna take a little getting used to the same way it did when the suit from “Superman Returns” first appeared. it’s not too bad. but I wonder if the yellow “S” shield will be on the cape again.

    • His own little spin? It looks like a mix of Bale´s Batman costume (the thickness; you can tell it´s rubber instead of fabric) and the new Spider-Man costume (the structure).

      • I was thinking that it resembled the Spidey suit as well. That is NOT a good thing.

  10. I love the suit and hate the expression he’s wearing. I’m indifferent about the hair. Overall, I think this looks really good!

  11. Actually reminds me of the George Reeves incarnation of Superman, which I’m all for. The tough-as-nails take on the character from the ’40s and ’50s might be refreshing to audiences, as paradoxical as that sounds.

  12. The hair looks a bit off in my opinion, but everything else looks great

      • Adamantium needles. Wait… Wrong universe.

  13. Im not a hater but Im not feeling the suit. The blue part looks like he borrowed it from the new Spiderman movie and the cape looks like he snagged it from Thor, (When Thor wasnt looking) And the emblem on his chest reminds me of a Walmart reduced sign.

  14. It looks like the Earth One suit, certainly the coulours are similar. Are the red underpants gone? Can’t tell, not gonna stare at the crotch area to find out either.

    Will say this, love the cape. It’s epic.

  15. mmmmm what’s up with the 50’s greasers hair do… I think he can leave that part behind and he’s no chris reeves but he does look the part just fix the hair!

  16. Not feeling this superman I liked the guy from superman returns…he was a better fit

    • You liked “the other guy” so much, you don’t know his name?

  17. For the most part I think it looks boss. But i think that the cape might be a bit too long.

  18. And that suit is made out of ????????????
    And tha is supposed to be the face of Super????????????

  19. hmm it’s definitely a departure from previous incarnations in both look and tone. in order to appreciate it i think we need to sort of put christopher reeve and brandon routh out of our minds for second and look at this from a “fresh” perspective. this is a re-imagining of an iconic figure not necessarily a remake of previous films. i’m optimistic.

  20. Looks interesting. Something appears a tiny bit off about his look; Maybe his hair needs to be slicked back a bit more on the sides (& don’t forget the widows peak “S” bang.)He does look strong, powerful and his physique/muscle definition expanding a bit beyond the costume’s design is a good thing! It displays his strength in a visual way & showcases how well Henry Cavil he gained and maintained the necessary muscle which defines the character. Good job.

  21. It looks fine and all, but more importantly, does it breeeeeeathe.

    Don’t want to get jock itch.

    • That would be Super Jock Itch.

  22. The suit does look pretty damn good. Cavil as Superman I am confident will work, but I don’t get my previous confidence from this picture. However i’m sure that once we see it in action he (and the suit) will not cease to amaze us.

  23. I like what I see.

  24. As expected he doesn’t at all look like Superman. That Face just doesn’t scream Superman. No major problems with the suit I don’t mind it, but he just doesn’t look right.

    • Agreed, I actually quite like the suit. But with that face and hair, he looks more like Bizarro that Superman.

      • Agreed, he does look a little like Bizarro.

      • I was thinking the same exact thing Sam. I hope this movie kicks azz and Cavill makes a fantastic Kal-El, but I am a bit worried about this. Kinda like I was worried about Green Lantern.

  25. Funny, the suit looks pretty good when you look at it in the lo-res pic. Oops. There’s gotta be a better way to make superhero costumes than the scaly material. Didn’t care much for it in the Spidey films either.

  26. “Or will they nitpick the suit, the look of the actor, and the overall tone of Snyder’s film to death, based on this one image”

    So if anyone says anything negative…Thats not allowed anymore?

    • No, it’s just that EVERYONE complains about the stupidest little things, like “I don’t like his face” or “the costume’s too shiny”. The movie’s almost two years away from release, I will reserve judgment.

    • Where did I say that’s “not allowed”

      I simply posed the question of what the reaction would be. Guess you answered my question by nitpicking my question.

      • It seems to me that you are having a go at everyone who reads your article and wants to throw in their opinion.

        • That’s exactly how I interpreted it DSB. Please…he “simply posed a question”?

        • No the problem is that people like you DSB complain and negatively criticize 99% of all things and that is what makes you and others loose all credibility on your “opinions”… It is as simple as that.

          • Hence why the comment ticked you off in the first place…

          • So my opinions aren’t credible, because?….

            Read my comments, before you make stupid statements, I said, several times that I liked the suit. Hardly a negative comment.

            • “So my opinions aren’t credible, because?….”

              I explained that pretty clear… so who’s stupid?!?… Yes I’m aware you like the suit… again my “99% of all things” (as in not everything) comment states that! So again, who is the stupid one with the stupid statements? Yeah I thought so…

              • What are you talking about? Seriously mate, go outside, and have a word with yourself.

              • 99% of everything? You must only read his comments on this movie and this movie alone. I’d say it’s more 50 /50 he’s got plenty of articles he is positive on.

                Saying being negative to often makes you not credible is like saying being positive all the time makes you incredible.

                So from you I’ve seen nothing but you insulting people who disagree with you. I’ve seen positive remarks about film.

                So if I want to be you and make blind assumptions about people and judge them simply for disagreeing with me I’m gonna say you blindly accept everything placed in front of you which makes you not credible and you are rude and insulting

                • Wow, Daniel. That was a terrific response to that post. Kudos.

        • That’s just Kofi any one other than him being negative about something means they are just rabid fanboys. Kofi likes to insult the readers and get a rise out of them. I still think it’s to get more replies. You’ll notice more often than not his articles tend to have a large number of comments.

          He’s fighting the nay sayers by insulting them first in the article. It’s nice to know that every time I log in to the site and see Kofi’s name attached to a movie that I don’t think looks good that I will be insulted.

          • Cool let’s insult a large portion of our fanbase! The comic nerds!

            That’s the reason I try to stay away from his articles. I hardly ever agree with the guy and find his articles snarky, angry, negative or all three.

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