First Look: Image of Henry Cavill as Superman in ‘Man of Steel’

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Warner Bros. has sent over the first image from Zack Snyder’s forthcoming Superman reboot, Man of Steel. Unlike the recently leaked images from The Dark Knight Rises, this one is hi-res and official and such.

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Henry Cavill as Superman in Warner's The Man of Steel

It is a fairly iconic pose for a Superman, and Cavill certainly looks the part, although it is yet to be seen whether or not Snyder (following the crap-fest that was Sucker Punch) has the follow-through to get beyond the surface sheen and the “look” of the character.

Speaking of the look, how do we all feel about the hair? No kiss curl it seems, which is a major departure from all the film depictions to date, and there is a definite move to make this a much “darker” Superman in keeping with the success of the Christopher Nolan/Batman cinematic universe. While it is too early to judge an entire film based on a single image, although we imagine that is happening all over the Interwebs right now, there is something iconic about Superman that should never be made dark or sinister.

Anyways, any new superhero movie is going to get our attention and we’ll be following this one closely.

Now for the press bit:

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.

Man of Steel is released on 13 June 2013 in the US. It is yet to receive an Australian release date.

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