Although it will be months before we see an image of Henry Cavill in cape and tights, the cover of the new Entertainment Weekly offers a first look at the new Man of Steel wearing the familiar “S” shield — even if it is on a faded T-shirt.
However, 27-year-old British actor has donned the red-and-blue suit. Well, a suit: Cavill’s audition included a screen test in which he wore a replica of Christopher Reeve’s famous, if woefully dated, costume.
“If you can put on that suit and pull it off,” director Zack Snyder says, “that’s an awesome achievement. […] “He walked out, and no one laughed. Other actors put that suit on, and it’s a joke, even if they’re great actors. Henry put it on, and he exuded this kind of crazy-calm confidence that just made me go ‘Wow.’ Okay: This was Superman.’”
The new issue of EW is on sale now. Snyder’s still-untitled Superman movie is expected to begin production in June for a December 2012 release.