‘Man of Steel': 5 Reasons Why Henry Cavill Is Perfect As Superman

Fri, June 14, 2013 6:47pm EST by 22 Comments
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Whoever made the decision to cast British-born Henry Cavill in the new blockbuster deserves a giant high-five — genius choice! Here’s why:

There are multiple reasons why Man of Steel was so great — the main one being that Henry Cavill was fabulous! (SPOILERS AHEAD)

5 Reasons Henry Cavill Is A Perfect Superman

1. He Fills Out That Tight Superman Suit Like Nobody’s Business!

We’re talking OMG! Henry Cavill’s 6’1” frame has been buffed up to bursting-out perfection. Director Zack Snyder made sure that there were enough shirtless scenes that you could see every highly developed pec and ab muscle. And then let’s talk about the thighs. Henry’s super thighs looked like they alone could squeeze and kick the life out of evil General Zod. Apparently, Henry was subjected to intensive workouts by trainer Mark Twight, which involved weeks of eating 5,000 calories a day while doing intense weight training. That was followed by hours and hours of cardio to burn fat and make his abs and other parts bulge.

And then, there’s his incredibly handsome face, blue eyes, and mop of dark hair. In other words, he’s a visual feast that you’ll never get tired of staring at.

2. He’s Mastered The Self-Effacing Personality That Makes Superman So Likable.

Christopher Reeves perfected it and he’s a tough act to follow. Unfortunately, Man of Steel doesn’t give Henry enough of a script to take him quite up to Reeve’s acting ability in this area. Christopher Reeves played Superman with tongue-in-cheek humor that made his Super series completely addictive. Henry doesn’t have the luxury of quite as good a script, but when he can add humor — he does go for it, big time.

Note to producers for the Man of Steel sequel — less long fighting sequences and more Henry Cavill dialogue. Let him loosen up and be self-effacing human and humorous.

3. His Chemistry With Amy Adams As Lois Lane Is Electric!

Henry and Amy Adams have this one way over Reeves and Margot Kidder. I never quite got why Margot Kidder was cast in that role. She always seemed too old to play a spunky newspaper reporter. Not so for Amy Adams, who is believable as an intrepid reporter in the Rosalind Russell (His Girl Friday) mold.  And when she and Henry connect, you can feel the electricity.

4. He’s Adorable As Clark Kent!

One of the very best moments of Man of Steel is its ending: our first sight of Clark Kent, in his classic glasses, turning up in the newsroom of The Daily Planet. When you see him arrive and then look right into Amy Adams’ eyes, all you can think is — now the real fun begins. Can’t wait for that sequel. Let’s just hope it’s more plot, dialogue, and humor, and less about hand-to-hand super combat.

5. He Has the Acting Chops To Carry Every Sequel!

Henry, 31, is no newcomer to acting. He’s put in his time in the biz. But he’s best known as the tortured first Duke of Suffolk in Showtime’s Tudors series. It was a tough role, but he carried it for years.

Now it’s obvious in Man of Steel that Henry will be up to handling a grown up Clark Kent, hiding his Superman secret. Like I said — he’s so good in Man of Steel that every time he’s allowed to stop fighting and start talking, you can’t keep your eyes off him.

So HollywoodLifers, put Man of Steel on your weekend calendar and get ready to get weak in the knees watching the hottest male to hit the screen since Robert Pattinsons Edward Cullen.

Oh and by the way — Henry Cavil could carry off Fifty Shades of Grey‘s Christian GreyLet me know if you agree!

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Prathmesh Tiwari

Posted at 9:00 AM on July 16, 2014  

D.C. > Marvel

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Posted at 6:19 PM on October 22, 2013  

He was one of my favourites in The Tudors.

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Posted at 3:32 AM on July 7, 2013  

I guess am the only person that thinks we should have casted an American to play superman. Does this mean the next James Bond will be an American? We don’t have handsome Americans actors to play Superman anymore,I guess? I miss Christopher Reeve an American icon.

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Posted at 7:49 PM on June 17, 2013  

Henry is adorable, and I read in some article that he was a favorite for the role of Edward Cullen, but I think I like this better than SUPERMAN as a vampire.

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Alyce Conrad

Posted at 2:35 PM on June 17, 2013  

Margot Kidder was about 29 when she first played Lois Lane and you are dead wrong — she did NOT look too old. I thought she looked like the perfect Lois and feminized her appropriately for the time.
Amy Adams is 38. She does not look any younger than Margot Kidder did when she played Lois. The early Superman movies were campy and comedic. I do believe she had excellent chemistry with Christopher Reeve.

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Fanny Serber

Posted at 11:34 AM on June 16, 2013  

Henry is 30, not 31.
And he’s too handsome and good actor, I agree with you!! :)
What a pity you can’t really see his good peformance in such a movie because a superhero is not really the character with which you can show a lot of emotions.
I mean, he just flies and save people….
But go watch his other films, you’re going to love them!
Above all in The tudors :) (and Immortals)

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Posted at 8:13 AM on June 16, 2013  

OMG!!! Henry Cavill is DAMN PERFECT!! I haven’t seen anyone as good looking as him on screen, Man of Steel was a master piece!! Loved the movie! will vote for him to play Christian Grey :) All i have to say is that he is WOW!

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rose cumming

Posted at 2:58 AM on June 16, 2013  

So You’re a man and you want to complain about Chest Hair,, well it so happens.. Real Women, love chest hair,, it takes a Real Man to have it and let’s face it Henry Cavill / a.k.a. Superman is Real and all Man.

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Posted at 8:19 PM on June 15, 2013  

I just went and he is so freakin hot !!!!!!

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ioooi. corpuri de iluminat

Posted at 11:27 AM on June 15, 2013  

naturally like your web-site however you have to check the spelling on several of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling problems and I to find it very bothersome to tell the reality then again I’ll surely come again again.

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Posted at 9:22 AM on June 15, 2013  

Cavill just turned 30 and Chris Hemsworth is way hotter than Pattinson!

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Posted at 7:26 AM on June 15, 2013  

Reeve. Christopher Reeve. No “s.”

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Posted at 6:16 AM on June 15, 2013  

Henry Cavill is great, but Christopher Reeve will be my favorite Superman for ever! \o/

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Posted at 2:24 AM on June 15, 2013  

You guys are kind of on crack. The super combat was the best part about the film. It made it an epic masterpiece. But Cavill was perfect. He was my pick for Superman before he was cat.

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Posted at 1:01 AM on June 15, 2013  

……….he is a HETEROSEXUAL?

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Tami Baldon

Posted at 11:12 AM on July 11, 2013  

Yes. He’s happily married. :-)

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Posted at 9:57 PM on June 14, 2013  

Just saw the movie. I remember Henry from The Tudors. But now I see him in a different light! Boy oh boy, is he gorgeous! My older heart melted watching him. Must have more scenes of him acting, not fighting. Haven’t felt like that in many years. Looking forward to more!

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Posted at 9:27 PM on June 14, 2013  

I have been saying for the last year that Henry should be Christian Grey! He is the right age, height, can act, and is just droolworthy in the looks department. Perfect Christian!

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Posted at 8:50 PM on June 14, 2013  

What!? I want more fight scenes the graphics were incredible and awesome , Lots of explosions and my guess is the man of steel sequel will most likely have lex Luthor because there were some trucks that stated lex cops

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Posted at 7:54 PM on June 14, 2013  

agree. I am impressed with his acting and the chemistry between Amy and Henry is incredible. Yes the end of this movie seeing him as Clark Kent, so cute! the whole movie is great and just excited for the next sequel.

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Posted at 6:50 PM on June 14, 2013  

And he is HOT AS HELL!! Daaang boy!!

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Eduardo Berto

Posted at 9:19 PM on June 14, 2013  

I am very decepicionado with Warner, here in Brazil we have to wait 1 month to be able to watch. For those who have ever watched … What do you think?

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