The Role Cavill Was Born To Play

The new Superman is upon us. This summer, Henry Cavill suits up as the Man of Steel. Director Zack Snyder reveals the telling moment that landed him the part.

Henry Cavill

This summer, Henry Cavill will go from unknown to breakout star. He plays the title character in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. The British actor has big shoes to fill as he tackles the iconic role of Superman.

Snyder and his producers searched high and low to find the right man for the job. The director tells SFX Magazine (via ComingSoon.net), that Cavill had the "it" factor. He made the suit — the suit didn't make him.

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"God, he's so Supermanish it's crazy! There was a telling moment... We put him in the Christopher Reeve costume, because we didn't have a suit yet, we just had the old spandex suit," Snyder explained. "He stepped out of the trailer and no one laughed."

"It's the difference between being Superman and dressing up like Superman. If I'm dressed up like Superman it's like a Halloween costume. If you're Henry it's your clothes. It's awesome. Watch the movie and you're like 'Holy s--t, that's Superman.' And it's not weird or crazy, it's just cool."

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Cavill got into tip-top shape to play the muscle-bound Kryptonian. He stands at 6 feet 1 inch with dark hair and striking blue eyes. He has everything it takes to bring Superman to life. It's no wonder he was chosen to play the role.

Man of Steel also stars Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White. The film's executive-produced by Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy) and opens in theaters June 14.

Do you think Cavill's the right fit for Man of Steel?

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