FIRST LOOK: The Man of Steel
Set to release on June 14, 2003, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel will see a new chapter emerge for the most recognizable super hero of all-time, Superman. While the plot of Man of Steel remains a mystery, the first production photo was released today by Warner Bros., depicting Henry Cavill as Superman. So, what information can we gain from said photo? Find out after the break.
While Bryan Singer’s vision forthe Man of Steel in Superman: Returns left a lot of fans disappointed, I’ve always championed the movie as the homage to the original Superman Singer was trying to make. Brandon Routh played a very good Superman, and looks an awful lot like Christopher Reeve. However, Henry Cavill will bring a much different look to ol’ Supes.
The first difference you’ll notice between Cavill and Routh is that Routh is a bit of a pretty boy; there’s nothing wrong with that, as the Reeve definitely falls under that category as well. Cavill, on the other hand, is much more (for the lack of a better term) badass. I’m not really a fan of the slicked up hair Cavill is sporting, it’s hard to draw conclusions off of one photo (especially with the angle of Cavill’s head in the photo).
The most striking difference between the two Supes is the costume. The suit Routh wore in Superman:Returns sported a very leathery look with the boots and cape (actually made from a gluey plastic material), and a very bright blue mesh body suit, made from a synthetic milliskin. Looking at Cavill, the blue body suit is a much darker blue and made from a very noticeable mesh material. The boots are higher on the leg and the cape is much longer in comparison to Routh’s, and is made of a fabric material instead of leather/plastic. Additionally, the iconic Superman symbol appears to be much more prominent on Cavill’s suit.
So, what does this first production photo say about The Man of Steel? Very little, I’m afraid. The movie isn’t due out for another 20 months, so you’ll just have to be patient and wait for future production photos. Personally, I’m a Zack Snyder fan, and really enjoyed his take on The Watchmen, sans the soundtrack. Synder’s often been criticized for producing visually engaging movies with little or no subtext in terms of plot. However, The Man of Steel is an excellent chance for Snyder to prove said critics wrong. Let’s just hope that come June 2013, we won’t be disappointed.