Forget the first official still and distant snapshots. These latest photos from the Illinois set of Man of Steel now provide us with our best look at Superman's much-discussed costume, and illustrate how closely the newly introduced DC Comics redesign resembles its big-screen counterpart. Red belt and silver piping excluded, of course.
They also show how much star Henry Cavill has bulked up for the role; while the suit may enhance his abs, it's pretty clear that most everything else is all him.
However, the close-ups will likely also draw criticism away (if only briefly) from the absence of the traditional red trunks and onto the suit's texture and aforementioned piping. Like the much-debated redesign for Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man, Superman's new costume sports a basketball-like pattern, gauntlets and additional lines that follow the contours of the body. But on the Man of Steel, those lines are more pronounced, forming an almost alien design on his back and lower torso mimicking that of his gauntlets. We can also see there's the suggestion of the traditional yellow belt, now with a floating buckle.
Directed by Zack Snyder, Man of Steel also stars 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.