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Zack Snyder unveils color photo of Henry Cavill in classic Christopher Reeve Superman costume

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May 7, 2018, 12:14 PM EDT

Look! Up on social media! It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Henry Cavill dressed as Christopher Reeve as…Superman! Man of Steel director Zack Snyder has released a color photo of Henry Cavill dressed in a replica of Christopher Reeve’s Superman costume from Superman: The Movie. Snyder put the actor in the costume to convince the higher-ups at Warner Bros. that Cavill was indeed their (Super)man. Clearly, it worked. 

Over on the social media site Vero, Snyder posted a picture of Cavill in the iconic costume featured in Richard Donner’s 1978 classic. “This was the shot I did to show the studio that this was my Superman…they agreed,” wrote Snyder in the post. “Got the suit from Warner archives and Henry honored it’s [sic] Legacy—Happy birthday, my brother.”

The photo was posted in honor of Cavill's 35th birthday. Check it out below. 

Henry Cavill in classic Superman suit

Henry Cavill in classic Superman suit (courtesy of Zack Snyder)

“We didn’t have the suit made when Henry was auditioning, so he wore the original Christopher Reeve suit,” Snyder told Dujour back in 2016. “He put it on and when he came out of the trailer, everyone was like, ‘Dang, you’re Superman!’”

Last year, Snyder shared a black-and-white photo of Cavill in the suit.

Cavill debuted as Superman in 2013’s Man of Steel, then followed up that film with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016 and reprised the role again in 2017’s Justice League. There’s certainly been talk of doing a Man of Steel 2, but it appears to have taken a back seat to a bunch of other projects Warner Bros. is planning for the DCEU.

So, what do you guys think? Does he look the part in the classic suit? Or is that just the glow of nostalgia we’re seeing? Let us know what you think in the comments below.