It’s no secret that Henry Cavill has landed the coveted role of Superman. The U.K. actor known for his time spent on the Showtime series “The Tudors” is about to be catapulted into super-stardom (no pun intended). He appears on the latest cover of Entertainment Weekly, and on the inside he discusses his fateful Superman audition. Take a look…
First and foremost, director Zack Snyder had all the candidates audition in a replica of Christopher Reeves’ Superman suit. He felt that if they could wear it with a certain presence it would be the first sign that they deserve the part. Cavill was nervous about putting on the costume because he’d just come off a movie where he had to shed excessive weight for a leaner build.
Cavill recalls: “All I could think was: Oh, god. They’re going to look at me and go ‘He’s not Superman. Not a chance.’ The actor inside me was going: You’re not ready! You’re not ready!” Snyder saw something — or rather someone — different. “He walked out, and no one laughed,” says the director. “Other actors put that suit on, 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 was Superman.’”
He does have the Superman face with the strong jaw bone included. He can hit the gym to bulk up and he’ll be perfect. The only concern we’ve ever had about his casting is his height. The character is traditionally over 6’3 and Cavill stands at 6’1. Lifts anyone?
Also, this type of fame can be fleeting. Remember how everyone was all over Brandon Routh when he was cast in Superman Returns? He had an EW cover too!
What happened to his career?
What do you think of Cavill filling out the promise of Superman?