Henry Cavill Got The 'Superman' Gig Because No One Laughed When He Put On The Iconic Suit

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 17, 2011 4:26 AM
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Like any casting run-up for any comic/franchise/tentpole film, a number of actors were rumored and wishlisted, but the names that were in the final running for Zack Snyder's "Superman" included Matthew Goode, Matthew Bomer, Armie Hammer, Joe Manganiello and Colin O’Donaghue. However, what eventually landed Henry Cavill the gig was something as simple as those in the audition room not giggling when he came out dressed in the iconic suit.

“He walked out, and no one laughed,” Snyder told EW an interview set in this week's magazine. “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.’”

But here's the thing that made it even more difficult: Cavill wasn't wearing the suit that will eventually end up in the new film. He had to test wearing a replica of Christopher Reeve's famous -- and dated -- outift. Hence the titters when other actors put it on. It was a savvy move for the audition process by Snyder who rightly says, “If you can put on that suit and pull it off that’s an awesome achievement.”

While rumors of script problems surfaced earlier this week, work on the film is plowing ahead. It will start shooting later this year for a December 2012 release.

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4 Comments

  • Jenn | February 18, 2011 7:21 AMReply

    Although Matt Bomer is the superior actor and the best looking of the lot, I'm glad he did not get the role as he is headed for much bigger things. Supe roles tend to be dead end roles.

  • Rebecca | February 18, 2011 12:43 AMReply

    Matthew Goode is an awesome actor and would have been a much better selection. But really enough of the super hero movies anyway.

  • Kim | February 17, 2011 11:33 AMReply

    I think he will be an amazing Superman. I am sorry doesnt everyone look kinda silly in a comic book costume? I have always thought so. However Henry Cavill is a classy, handsome, and talented young man. I am happy for him! :)

  • Martina G. | February 17, 2011 8:54 AMReply

    "No one laughed"?

    Dude, I'm laughing right now at the notion of him as Superman!

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