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. haven’t they got the curl in his hair the wrong way round it was meant to curl when hes sups and slicked back when hes Clark i know that sounds nit-picky but its not meant to be just an observation and just checked IMDB and didn’t know the dude was British hmm what next an American playing Sherlock Holmes or a actor of color playing perry white, oh wait…

    • An American (Robert Downey Jr.) has already played Sherlock Holmes. Superman isn’t even human so what does it matter what nationality the actor is?

  2. For the one millionth time, technically Superman is Kryptonian, not American. That aside it really doesnt matter what nationality the actor is, thats the whole point of acting, to portray a character. Often a character very different from yourself. Especially if youre a good actor. JEsus

    • You are right!!!

  3. He looks much thinner than I thought Zack would ever let him be. We were told in January he would be hitting the gym hard, yet 6 months later and he has barely budged? Chris Evans had less time to get in shape and was 10 times as impressive. What happened here?

    • he is in trainig right now maybe he will be much stronger

    • He can’t be too big else it would be very hard to pull off the Clark Kent look in a suit.

  4. well the first thing I notice is that they already got it backwards from the get go, It was Superman that had the curl in his hair not Clark Kent, he on on Glasses, gee wonder where they are. Plus what with this new Material that5 has that Basketball look to it. first spidey now superman, what gives look phooney to me

  5. I love how a vast majority of the kids here are stuck on Christopher Reeve’s Supes as if that’s the only version of superman to ever appear, then go on to complain that Cavill isn’t muscular enough.
    C. Reeves was built like a volleyball player and no other versions of superman have been the size of Cavill.

    “I” much prefer the Alex Ross version of any other printed version… sans the hetrosexually challenged curly thing on his forehead.

    • …and one more thing..

      Why are people complaining about Zod showing up “Again” when he’s only been in 1 film, but the same people love that Magneto can be in EVERY Xmen film??

      I’m baffled.

      • @ Nate aka My 2 Cents

        Why do people complain about Zod showing up again? Well for some, it seems like this film is gonna be a remake of Superman 2 for one thing. And imo, some people would to see a different foe not seen on film yet for Superman to take on. Myself included.

        • Wally,

          Oh, I agree with you too, I’d like to see him go toe to toe with someone, but it’s just that Zod isn’t overdone like Magneto or *cough* Lex.

          I was just seeing why Magneto gets a pass (considering the Xmen have a deeper pool of evil mofos to pull from) from the same people who were all anime eyed over X-class?

          Smallville f’d up the whole Darkseid thing for me and it’d probably turn off all the C. Reeve superman fans (those who aren’t comic book fans).
          Basically any other bad guy would have to be CGI.

          If they can introduce someone (hell, even make up a new guy) that they can have him fight ala old west fisticuffs.. that would be groovy as hell.
          So, who would the bad guy/s be then?

          For the record, I don’t want to see the Goblin, Doc Ock, Magneto, Lex or Doc Doom in another movie in any way shape or form.

          • @ Nate

            Well, reason Magneto still being used in the X-Men films is obvious, because First Class is a prequel & it’s sequels if any. But First Class did introduce a big name villain other than Magneto with Sebastian Shaw. As for X4 & X5 if they’re gonna get made, hopfully Magento won’t appear. I too seen enough of him aslong he doesn’t appear in a X4 & X5. I too was disappointed with what they did with Darkseid in Smallville but had hunch it might happen. They already made up a villain in Superman 4 in Nuclear Man which people didn’t like because they didn’t the plot of the film itself or the effects due to such low budget sadly. Even if they went that route again, doesn’t mean it would make the film a success. Asong as the villain/villains are new on film, the happier id be to watch film. As for the villains you mentioned you don’t wanna se again on film, you may not have a choice as some of the same villains get used again in reboots obviously.

            • Wally,

              The main problem the studios have is a limited pool of characters to pull from.

              FAUX has the rights to a ton of mutants so Magneto should’a been a whisper by X-2 unless it was a sequel. It wasn’t.

              Anyway, in Sony’s case, they only own so much of the Spidey Verse that it limits who they can pull into the movies.
              Make up a bad guy then. New ones are introduced in the comics all the time.

              Anyway, I’m hoping for a knock down drag out fight in this Superman flick.

              • @ Nate

                How was X2 not a sequel?

  6. I like the new gritty look. If the Justice League movie were ever to reach the cinema, then this new adaptation would work well with Nolans Batman (Too bad Ledgers portrayal of The Joker can never be replaced). I’m looking forward to it!

    I haven’t seen Green Lantern yet, but I’m hoping that with a few tweaks, he’ll fit in too.

    …and a gritty Wonder Woman with an attitude…. oooohhhh baby!

    • @ Kryptowus

      I disagree with somthing in your comment. There could always be someone who comes along that could top Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker as Ledger topped Nicolson’s. Imo of-course i enjoyed both actor’s performances & takes on the character & think one isn’t really better than the other. That’s just me. But this Superman looks too dark. Superman is supposed to be the flipside of Batman.

      • Wally not going to comment you know MHO on this.

      • Why people is still saying that Superman should be the flip side of Batman? Besides, you can say that he is too dark just by seeing a picture!!!! WOW you are really perceptive…

        • @ Sanpauli

          Ummm, because Superman IS the flipside of Batman. It’s not only a fact, it’s common sense among comic readers. Even though they’ve worked together in comics such as World’s Finest, they’re not fond of each other’s methods. It’s a obvious a no brainer to see the two are different from each other & thats why people like them workin together when they do in the comics or animation shows etc.

  7. No curl in his hair… thats disapointing :) Looks Good, want to see more.

  8. zerI’ve already posted this, but I’m going to going to say it again. This looks cool. Until this photot came along I had zero to low interest in this movie. To the nay sayers I offer this. He does not look dark, gritty, or evil. He looks serious. And he looks tough. He COULD smile and wave at babies, but hes currently busy smashing thru a solid steel bank vault. And the suit? It looks like a superhero suit, as opposed to brightly colored long underwear. Do a little dance, give the guy a chance.

  9. zerI’ve? Sorry, dont know how that happened.

  10. I think we are about to see a more realistic version of Superman. Similiar to what has been done in the latesst Batman movies. If watch the C Reeves version, he is no where near the comic book image physically and frankly, the movies were campy, comical, and not like the comic book. I think we are about to see the Man of Steel in a more serious tone. Can’t wait and I like the picture. Perhaps someone finally got it right.

    • Don,

      You know what you just said can get you burned at the stake?!! No worries, there are one or two of us who’ll hide you under the floor boards when the Reevesites come calling for your head.

    • Maybe Cavill just looks too constipated here for anyone to take him seriously? Tell him to eat some prunes and it’ll clear that right up.

    • @ Don

      When Superman debuted in Action Comics, he didn’t look as he did physically as he does in comics now. That’s what i like to think of Christopher Reeve & Brandon Routh’s takes on the character. You bulk him more 7 make him darker, well might aswell take off the cape, have his costume sleeveless or whatever.

      • Wally,

        George Reeves looked the part of the early incarnation of Supes. He was tall and wide.

        Not one modern actor has pulled off the look of what the comic character is built like. Christopher Reeves pulled it off only because history looks back at him in a kind light…plus a good amount of old fashioned SWAG.

        I’m old enough to remember being in the theatre going “where are his muscles??”

    • More realistic version of a man who can fly, shoots lasers out of his eyes, has impenetrable skin, flies faster than a bullet, and can see through solid objects? In the words of the great Morgan Freeman, “Good luck with that”. :-D

  11. What I like most is how the whole picture; Superman, the giant bank vault, the smoke, and the sparks evokes the Max Fleischer cartoons from the early forties. I can easily imagine that a giant robot just threw him into the door. I wouldn’t mind a “retro-future” Metropolis.

    I like the fabric too (yes it reminds me of Spider-man). It’s got a look like it could be alien or high tech. So I like that the boots also have the texture. It also seems to have a thickness to it, like it’s about 1/4 inch thick or so (which would add a half inch of “muscle” to his frame). It could be Kryptonian, but in the novel “It’s Superman,” Lex gives him a high-tech costume at the very end. In the story he was wearing a costume he got from a Hollywood set, but it got destroyed.

    I like the colors. Yes they are very muted, but the size of the crest, the overall bulkiness of the costume, and the huge cape add a lot of the “flash” that the colors would. And honestly the colors work in the comics because everything else is vibrantly colored.

    The cape is way way long. I think I’m liking it. Superman can fly and hover so he wouldn’t trip over it. It looks theatrical and makes him look sort of godlike (It does have a Thor quality). But if things get rough it will simply rip and tear away. It wouldn’t trip Superman the way it would anyone else. It makes me recall the John Byrne concept that his suit was mostly protected by an “aura of invulnerability,” but the cape would always get torn. He’d just replace it the next time. Finally, I think it would be best to discard the whole “Martha made his costume from the blanket” concept.

    • Yea it looks more like a Kryptonian uniform or something that was in his shuttle.

      • I’d prefer that it be a high-tech earth material instead of Kryptonian.

        If it was Kryptonian, that would mean that his parents had sent a bunch of different colored material along with a crest (or is that made of the same material?). Then someone would have to be able to cut and tailor a costume from it. OR it would mean that his parents sent it along knowing what his exact measurements would be, and just because it was the latest in casual wear on Krypton, or they figured that he might want to be a Superhero (so they sent along a business suit in case he turned out to be a lawyer and some scrubs, etc. etc.).

        If it’s some high-tech outfit, that doesn’t require as much explanation. Someone like a wealthy patron who’s grateful could give it to him.

        I also hope they abandon the idea that the “S” crest is the symbol of the El family on Krypton. They probably will because that idea came from the Donner films.

        • Well if I remember correctly in Birthright they made the S crest a symbol of Krypton I’d prefer that.

          Also I remember Clark watching holograms of Kryptonians in their diff clothes.

  12. So no Jimmy Olsen?

  13. LOL the Cape makes me think of that one scene in the opening credits of Watchmen.

  14. I hope this movie turns out good. I am glad Snyder is going to display the sheer power of Superman more so than the previous movies. Take a look at Sucker Punch. I admit the story isnt that great but the action scenes are top notch. Knowing that some of the Superman scenes will take a note from this makes me very excited.

    • I have no doubt that the action scenes will look great but Superman isn’t all about action; I want to see his compassion, his wisdom, as well. That’s the part I am ambivalent about when it comes to Snyder.

    • I was waiting for someone to mention & hope the film has a dark tone like TDK.

      • Oh God, here we go. Looks like DSB was right.

        • I can’t wait for a darker, edgier, grittier… Smurfs!

    • Mature tone yes, dark and gritty? No.

  15. Hm… normally I like adding texture and detail to superhero uniforms…examples would be Captain America, both versions of Spiderman, Thor, Batman Begins & Dark Knight…but something about the Man of Steel costume says “texture overload” to me. I like having a little more detail than just bright blue tights, but in this case it seems almost more like scale, kinda like Aquaman’s orange shirt. There’s a lot going on in this pic, not sure if I love it or dislike it, but it has potential.

  16. I would never NEVER put Brandon Routh up against Thor, but this guy… He looks like he may fight dirty enough to hold his own. He looks imposing enough to do the Man of Steel justice.

    • There are a few moments in the Immortals trailer where he looks pretty heroic.

  17. Regarding the “dark tone” that is assumed that the movie will have; why shouldn’t it? It should actually be extremely dark. BECAUSE Superman is supposed to be “the light” in “the darkness”. Create a world without hope and throw Superman in to give hope back.

  18. I hate this costume. I was looking forward to this movie because I feel like they casted it much better than the last one but this costume is horrible the whole think looks like a basket ball! they even contenued the waffle texture effect on the S and even on the belt buckle! ugh! wtf! Someone got paid a lot of money to come up with this ugly thing.

    • the costume looks very strong and dont forget,the cape of superman is the most important thing for him,i think it is so long because it also saves him. sorry i live in germany,thats why i write so terrible. at least it looks awesome,his hair looks cool,too.

  19. Personally, with Hollywood’s creativity running into a drought & every other movie damn near being either a re-make or a re-boot, I just don’t care anymore. If a movie comes along interesting enough to draw me to the theater to see it & it ends up being worth the money, then I’ll consider myself fortunate. However, announcing Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, pretty much dissolved my interest. I think Fishburne’s an exceptional performer, but Perry White? Seriously? The last 2 of Reeve’s Superman movies sucked. Superman Returns sucked. Hell, the series finale of Smallville was a kick to the nuts & a slap in the face after following it for 10 years. I have no reason to expect different from this latest version of Superman. There’s a reason why the books movies are based on were popular enough to be made into movies. When you start fcking with the source material,then you’re asking for failure!

    • I do agree! i think its a shame we weren’t allowed to see Tom Welling in the suit because of this awful, over texturised, 90s preppy Clark/Supes! Had we been able to see Tom in the suit Smallville would have felt more complete when it ended…and had he been able to have a hand to hand fight with Darkseid.

  20. A black Perry White? WOW.

    • racist much?

    • NO NO NO! Its “Perry Black now”! (jk)

  21. I’ll get bashed for this, but the cape & “S” crest makes rest of the costume look like crap imo.

  22. Clark is supposed to be nerdy. This guy looks like a dork on his way to a wine mixer. I don’t mind the superman look, but he doesn’t even have the glasses.

    • OMG! …you sound so ignorant right now it`s not even funny, their not even filming in that picture where Cavill is walking

  23. The new Superman costume is too dark and scaly…like Thor’s. Hopefully it is because of the poor lighting.

    Really miss the Christoper Reeve costume.

    • whats wrong with you? its the lighting…