New photos from the Illinois set of Zack Snyder's Man of Steel confirm that Henry Cavill isn't wearing the traditional red trunks, provide a first look at Antje Traue as the Kryptonian criminal Faora, and introduce a mysterious figure into the mix.
Whether Superman's shorts would part of the updated costume had been a long-lingering question, one left unanswered when Warner Bros. released the first shadowy still from the franchise reboot earlier this month. But now with these new snapshots by Jim Martens, courtesy of the Man of Steel Facebook community, we can see his redesigned costume closely resembles that being introduced in DC Comics' upcoming relaunch. Or vice versa. Synchronicity!
Faora, described by the studio as "Zod's evil partner," is clad in a black ensemble that appears to give a nod to the costumes worn by the Phantom Zone criminals in Superman and Superman II. It's updated, sure, even adding a regal cape, but you can see the resemblance.
Enough with the sartorial issues, though: Who's that walking next to Traue?
We earlier saw a shot of what was most certainly Michael Shannon wearing motion-capture sensors, indicating that General Zod's costume will be computer-generated (in contrast to Faora's). But the figure in these latest photos isn't Shannon. And notice the rod extending from his headband, indicating to the other actors where they should look the character in the eye. That would make the mystery figure, what, about eight feet tall?
Does this mean we should expect a massive new Non -- dwarfing the 6-foot-6 Jack O'Halloran -- to complete Zod's trio, or are Snyder & Co. casting a wider net, perhaps bringing in another villain from Superman's rogues gallery?
Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Julia Ormond as Lara Lor-Van, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Antje Traue as Faora, Harry Lennix as General Swanwick and Christopher Meloni as Col. Hardy. The film opens June 14, 2013.