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Warner Brothers has been gracious to give us our first look at the new Superman, and it’s Henry Cavill in front of a vault. Is this for the film, will something like this be in the movie? We’re still two years out from Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel (it opens June 14, 2013), but the casting seems almost done, and now we get a clear look at the suit and how Cavil looks in it.

I have no qualms with the new suit, though I’m sure fans will pick their nits with it. Such is the internet. What’s most exciting about the film is the cast so far, from yesterday’s announcement of Laurence Fishburne, to previously announced members Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, and Michael Shannon. They’ve loaded this thing with talent, and hopefully Snyder can deliver on the fun and patriotism that comes from the character.

It will be interesting to see where they take the narrative, because they tried the darker, more brooding approach last time, and it didn’t work, but that may be different than aping Christopher Nolan‘s Batman model. Here’s the full picture, and the press release. From this, it appears shooting will start any day now.

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BURBANK, CA, August 4, 2011 – 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.

Superman: he might be able to fly all through the night, but can he rock a party to the early light?