It’s easy to forget that only four years ago, Henry Cavill was just a guy who’d played supporting roles in The Tudors and Immortals, and whose first major lead role – opposite Bruce Willis in the underwhelming The Cold Light of Day – was yet to be released. However, that was the time when he was first brought in to test for the role of Superman in Man Of Steel.
Director Zack Snyder has released a pic over on Vero of Cavill during his screentest, where he wears a more Christopher Reeve looking super-suit than then one he finally ended up donning (indeed, it was a replica of Reeves’ costume). He certainly looks cute and fresh-faced. It’s also true that once he got the role, he must have spent an awful lot of time in the gym, and he’s not the super-buff figure he became for the final movie.
Snyder comments, “If you can put on that suit and pull it off 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.'”
Take a look at the full pic below.