Warner Bros releases the first official image of Henry Cavill as Superman in Zack Snyder’s “The Man of Steel,” which is still shooting despite having it’s release date moved ahead a year to 2013:
I like it. The textured-look is a little much, but I like the big heavy cape and the “shield” taking up damn near his whole chest (and being way up to his neckline, so it almost looks like part of the cape a’la the “Last Son” outfit from the “Reign” arc.)
The closest thing to a “big” change is that he appears to be wearing just the red belt instead of the traditional yellow belt/red briefs ; which if so makes this more-or-less a live-action translation of the new outfit from the recent DC Universe “reboot.” If so… I’m for it. It’s a better look overall, and the original purpose of the briefs – to make superheroes look less-naked when depicted in black-and-white – isn’t as big an issue in live action.
This is a “press release” image, which means it’s wholly appropriate to pick it apart and try to discern what they want it to “say” to audiences. In that respect, the overall aesthetic – action scene, imposing “Superman-is-gonna-kick-your-ass” pose/expression, high-contrast lighting, etc – seems to be “this is NOT ‘Superman Returns.'” I liked “Returns,” but I’m fine with this. It’ll be nice to see “tears shit apart with his bare hands” Superman for the first time since “Superman II.”
This is gradually turning into a much more interesting prospect of a film. Initially set up as something WB had to make to shore up legal claims, the notion of holding it up a year to (supposedly) work on the script’s third act intrigues me. It’s almost certainly a reaction to the ongoing “Green Lantern” disaster; but to what end? Are they just looking to make sure “this one” doesn’t suck? Is this going to be reworked into the “launch film” for a DC Movieverse like “Lantern” was at one point supposed to be?