Henry Cavill Once Dished Out the Reason Behind an Unreal Connection to Trying the ‘Man of Steel’ Suit for the First Time

Published 01/01/2024, 9:25 AM EST

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2013 marked Henry Cavill taking on his biggest leap in Hollywood with Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. The iconic movie landed a slew of divided critical reception but to undeniable fan craze and praise for the actor and indeed that new suit. Borrowing its history from the comics, the blue colors of the suit and the red cape symbolized Superman’s characteristic morals of truth, hope, and justice. However, for the modern reboot, a bevy of details went behind the scenes in the suits’ redesign, something that had the lead actor absorb a new persona.

With his love for the character bare and known to almost everyone, the 40-year-old actor once revealed a goosebumps-inducing feeling on trying the suit for the first time.

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Michael Wilkinson and James Acheson designed 2013’s Man of Steel suit from the ground up. The mantra behind it sought to make it sleeker, more modern, and iconic than possibly any other Superman suit and seal its legacy. Scraping out the debated red briefs, Henry Cavill found it “radiating this fantastic energy” when he tried it out for the first time. Back in June 2013, speaking to James Kleinmann, the actor believed the reason had to do with “genuine love and “respect for the character”.

Recalling his emotional connection with the suit, the actor still lends a mention or two to its celebrated status. Moreover, the actor also stood sure that the physical energy” he felt at that moment was not his self-projection of Superman. Featuring ingrained chain-mail details to give it an other-worldly feel, the 2013 textured suit made flexibility its topmost priority. Sculpted out of Kevlar-like materials, Henry Cavill’s first look in that suit remains a forever fresh pop culture moment.

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Regardless of the details behind the suit’s making and Cavill’s acting and physical prowess, an unceremonious exit from DC still stains his outing.

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Holding just one solo outing in his nine years as DC’s representation of live-action hope, Henry Cavill faced the axe following James Gunn and Peter Safran’s DC Studios take over. Following 2023’s The Flash, the British actor’s take on Superman went flying out of canon. In his exit, David Cornsweet landed as the next poster boy for DC with his superhero debut calling with 2025’s Superman: Legacy.

Ironically, Cornsweet’s bulking up for the role has made his physical stature near-identical to Cavill’s. Moreover, his styling and outlook have also started to mirror his predecessor more and more. Despite the boot, the Justice League actor will kick-start his own slate of new franchises starting off with 2024’s Argylle.

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Imteshal Karim

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Imteshal Karim is a Hollywood News reporter at NetflixJunkie. With a penchant for writing in multiple forms, he is a published writer with his works published in anthologies. A star at his college’s writing competitions, he loves telling a good story and hopes to tell impactful ones about the unexplored side of the Entertainment industry.

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