‘Superman’ Henry Cavill forced to dress like Christopher Reeve

Director Zack Snyder reveals unusual casting technique

Henry Cavill has said that he was made to wear a replica outfit worn by Christopher Reeve in the 1978 Superman movie during his audition for the lead in the reboot.

Earlier this month the British actor saw off strong competition to win the coveted role in Zack Snyder‘s forthcoming new film.

Yet Entertainment Weekly reports that the 300 director deployed the unusual task to make sure Cavill was right for the part.

Snyder said: “If you can put on that suit and pull it off, that’s an awesome achievement. Henry walked out and no one laughed. Other actors put that suit on and it’s a joke, even if they’re great actors”.

The director added: “Henry put it on, and he exuded this kind of crazy-calm confidence that just made me go, ‘Wow. OK, this is Superman‘.”

Cavill wasn’t as confident. He admitted: “All I could think was, ‘Oh, God, they’re going to look at me and go he’s not Superman. Not a chance’. The actor inside me was going, ‘You’re not ready! You’re not ready!'”

Casting is still underway on the reboot, currently entitled The Man Of Steel and set to be produced by Inception director Christopher Nolan. The film is due out next year.