'Man Of Steel': Cavill Reveals First Time He Was Cast As Superman To Details


by Brett White

The latest issue of Details features a lengthy profile of Henry Cavill, the man donning the red and blue tights in "Man of Steel." The profile focuses a lot on Cavill's own origin story, capturing the actor in the time he has left not being completely synonymous with one of the most popular fictional characters in the world.

"Henry's about to be one of the more famous people on the planet," says Michael Shannon in the piece. The actor playing General Zod then praises Cavill's performance, showing a level of respect that the evil Kryptonian surely doesn't give Superman on film. "Getting to play Superman is a blessing and a curse. It's a hard character to capture. He's devoid of animosity or sarcasm, but he's not a dullard either. It's an overwhelming movie, and Henry's right in the middle of it, and he just carries it like a champ."

Superman's unwavering partner for 75 has been Lois Lane, brought to life by Amy Adams in "Man of Steel." Adams related to Details just what it was like to play opposite Cavill as he came into his own in the role.

"It takes a second to adjust, because Henry's just so good-looking," says Adams. "He's dashing with just a hint of danger, and it's kinda great. It's super-hidden. But you know there's a steeliness within him that makes the gentlemanly qualities all the more interesting... Henry's commitment was legendary. He would get up to work out at three every morning so he'd look right in the suit all day. His discipline is extraordinary."

"Man of Steel" actually represents Cavill's second brush with playing Clark Kent. The first came years ago, when a 19 year old Cavill came close to being director McG's Superman in 2002. "I was actually up for Superman before," says Cavill. "I was very close to getting the job, and then the director changed and I was no longer part of the plan." Apparently the project fell apart due to McG's fear of flying and Warner Bros' insistence that the film shoot in Australia.

But things worked out for Cavill, who hopes to bring Superman to life in future movies as well.

"The hardest part of acting," Cavill says, "is not being guaranteed work. Every job could be your last. But I cannot wait for this movie to come out. The studio just showed me the completed cut. I literally asked to watch it twice in a row. I'm so excited. I just want to show it to the world."

Check out Details for the full interview.

[via Comic Book Movie]

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