Henry Cavill is the current actor in the red and blue Superman tights, but the character has a long cinematic history that's hard to ignore. Christopher Reeve is arguably the most iconic actor ever to wear the Superman suit, and Cavill has not shied away from that iconography as he has gradually nestled into the role. In fact, the DCEU actor has posted a video of himself training for Justice League on social media, and it features the instantly-recognizable John Williams score from Superman: The Movie. Check out the awesome footage, below.
We've come a long way since the "You'll believe a man can fly" days of Superman: The Movie. Now moviemaking technology has seemingly perfected the flight tech, and this video offers up a great look at how the Justice League crew made Henry Cavill look like a real-life Superman. Coupling the training footage with John Williams' now-iconic score from the 1970s seems like a stroke of genius, and it's enough to get even the most jaded Superman enthusiast excited. You can just imagine the skyline of Metropolis around him as he soars on that harness.
This video is also notable because it offers a specific glimpse into one of Superman's most glorious moments in Justice League as the music switches from the classic John Williams theme to the more recent Hans Zimmer DCEU cue. Specifically, it looks like this training sequence comes from the scene in which Cark Kent takes on Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds) during the battle in Russia -- you can tell by the way Superman easily dodges the punches from the stuntman attacking him. It's the Justice League scene that showcases the triumphant return of the Last Son of Krypton, while the music doesn't actually appear at that point in the movie, it would've arguably been pretty awesome to see/hear.
Examining both of those musical moments, it's worth remembering that the Henry Cavill incarnation of Superman has long maintained a connection and fascination with the Christopher Reeve version of the Man of Tomorrow. Aside from this photo, Cavill actually did some of his first on-camera tests as Superman while wearing the classic Reeve suit from the old Richard Donner movies. Moreover, a significant element of the Cavill Superman has been his journey from the lonely and insecure hero of Man of Steel and Batman v Superman to the self-assured Superman reminiscent of the classic Reeve years. Beyond that, the folks behind Justice League clearly knew that they eventually wanted to embrace the classic Superman style, as Danny Elfman's Justice League score specifically called out some notable cues from the John Williams music that fans have come to know and love, in addition to finding some spots to incorporate the Zimmer music, as well.
As always, CinemaBlend will bring you more information related to Superman, the DCEU, and Henry Cavill's future with the two as more details are made available to us. Until then, make sure to let us know what you think of this video in the comments, below, and watch out for the theatrical debut of James Wan's Aquaman later this year on December 21!
Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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