1st official pic of Henry Cavill channeling Superman

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Dec 14, 2012

Superman: Man of Steel may not have started to shoot yet, but Warner Brothers isn't wasting any time getting us used to the film's leading man in the role—the studio has released the first photo of British actor Henry Cavill sporting the big, iconic "S" on his chest.

Featured on the cover of the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly, Cavill's sadly not wearing the tights and the cape just yet, but his leather jacket is opened just enough to tease us a t-shirt bearing the iconic yellow and red "S" that we all know and love.

Mostly known for his role of Charles Brandon on The Tudors (a role in which he, ironically enough, also got to wear tights), Cavill is very different in looks from both the late Christopher Reeve and the last Superman, Brandon Routh. That's not to say the actor doesn't have the look down—quite the opposite. Cavill does seem like a proper Son of Krypton with his baby-blue eyes, dark hair and chiseled good looks.

But it's more than those attributes (as well as the fact that he's a pretty decent actor to boot) that ultimately made director Zack Snyder choose the 28-year-old actor for the role. According to Snyder, it was Cavill's screen test wearing a replica of Christopher Reeve's Superman suit that won the director over:

"Other actors put that suit on [the Christopher Reeve costume] 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 is Superman.'"

So now that you've seen Cavill like this, what do you think?

(via EW)

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