Actor Henry Cavill gets the cover story of June July 2013 issue of Details Magazine. The new Superman was photographed by Mark Seliger and styled by Benjamin Sturgill.
”Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, California, Man of Steel footage rolls on a 70-inch screen. Finally, here’s the director Zack Snyder’s long-awaited, top-secret Clark Kent: swarthy and muscular, working at a bar on a lonely stretch of highway. No Brooks Brothers. No glasses. No Daily Planet. Instead, Kent, in jeans and a henley, is a drifter, bouncing from job to job, not yet ready to assume his true calling, not yet given the chance. Kent finds work far from any Metropolis. Among deckhands. And roughnecks. And wasted truckers who grope innocent women while he buses tables. He tells them to stop. They get aggressive, tossing beer, throwing punches. One connects and he takes it. Kent walks away, seething. He later lashes out, unleashing his long-pent-up wrath on inanimate aluminum and steel. This is Clark Kent struggling, grappling with the possibility of keeping his powers secret forever.”
Thirty miles southwest of the studio, Henry Cavill, just shy of his 30th birthday, who plays this updated, emotional Kent, approaches beneath a section of scaffolding in Manhattan Beach. It’s April 15. On the other coast, the chaos on Boylston Street in Boston is just beginning: Two blasts, marathoners and spectators fleeing. But here the magnitude is still unknown. It’s a textbook sunny day, and Cavill emerges from the scaffold’s shadows. At first glance, he looks stone-cut: six foot one, in a blue V-neck sweater with freshly gelled hair and an ivory-smooth shave. I’ve been warned: “It takes a second to adjust, because Henry’s just so good-looking,” Amy Adams, who plays Lois Lane, told me. “He’s dashing with just a hint of danger, and it’s kinda great. It’s super-hidden. But you know there’s a steeliness within him that makes the gentlemanly qualities all the more interesting.”
By Howie Kahn,
Photographs by Mark Seliger