"Man of Steel" isn't just the latest film about Superman, it's the latest chance for an actor to become an icon — in this case, it's Henry Cavill. While the actor straps into the character's red and blue super-suit, MTV News takes a look at his transformation into the last son of Krypton.
Cavill began his professional acting career with a small role in director Kevin Reynolds' "The Count of Monte Cristo," leading to a series of British television opportunities. Before he landed his biggest role to date as Charles Brandon in Showtime's series "The Tudors," he actually courted Kal-El in a 2004 production titled "Superman: Flyby," which was to be directed by McG ("Charlie's Angels"). He was eventually replaced in the role by Brandon Routh when Bryan Singer took over directing duties and redubbed it "Superman Returns," but it was his first brush with blockbuster filmmaking.
His subsequent work in films like "Stardust" gained him a fanbase. They wanted high-profile roles for him, like the Cedric Diggory character in the "Harry Potter" series, which eventually went to Robert Pattinson, and Pattinson's own iconic role of Edward Cullen in the "Twilight" films. (Reportedly, Stephenie Meyer thought he would be perfect as the sparkly bloodsucker, but he was too old to take the role by the time that an adaptation of the first book went into production.) He was also one of the finalists to play James Bond before Daniel Craig landed the role in "Casino Royale," which earned him the designation of "Unluckiest Man in Hollywood" by Empire Magazine.