First Official Image of Henry Cavill as Superman in Zack Snyder’s MAN OF STEEL

     August 4, 2011

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Warner Bros. has released the first official image of Henry Cavill as Superman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel.  As you can see, he looks pretty much like Superman.  There’s no insane Tim Burton redesign going on here.  The emblem is a little bigger, the cape seems a little a longer, and the suit has kind of a scaly quality to it.  I’m more interested in the composition of the image.  You may recall the first image released for Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns.  There were certainly complaints about turning the bright red to maroon, but Brandon Routh is doing a Superman pose: noble, back straight, hands on his hips, looking to the sky.  Contrast that with this image where Superman is apparently less than pleased he forgot the key to his safety deposit box.

Hit the jump to check out the full image.  The film also stars Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Julia Ormand, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Christopher Meloni, and Russell Crowe.  Man of Steel opens June 14, 2013.

Click on the image to embiggen.

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Here’s the press release:

BURBANK, CA, August 4, 2011 – Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures have provided the first look at the new “Man of Steel,” revealing star Henry Cavill as Superman in the film from director Zack Snyder.

The film also 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.“Man of Steel” is being produced by Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder.  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.  Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are serving as executive producers.

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