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British actor Henry Cavill has said he's thrilled to get to portray an iconic American hero in 2013's "Man of Steel."
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updated 8/4/2011 10:53:14 AM ET 2011-08-04T14:53:14

In our slideshow of superhero costumes, we gave our highest praise to the classic Superman suit. No creepy latex nipples or ill-chosen masks here, just the Man of Steel, instantly recognizable in red, white, and yellow, big S on his chest and cape ready to fly.

So of course we were interested in seeing how they're dressing Henry Cavill for the "Superman" reboot, 2013's "Man of Steel." (Seriously? Still two years away!)

The British actor has got the face for the strong-jawed, clean-cut hero, and thankfully they haven't messed too much with his classic costume. In keeping with the grimmer tone the "Dark Knight" took with Batman, the costume's bright colors are toned down and look a little more menacing. But the overall shape and scheme is there, and for that we're Super-thankful.

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Cavill himself told Total Film he loved wearing the costume. "It’s extremely cool. There’s no other feeling like it. They just put it on, I turned around and look in the mirror and you can’t really play it cool – you sort of guffaw and laugh. I thought ‘OK, holy hell, this is real, it’s not a joke anymore. This is it…you’re doing it, you’re right in the middle of it.’”

He's also eating 5000 calories a day to bulk up for the musclebound role, Cavill told Total Film.

What other sites are saying...

"The vivid primary colors of Superman’s usual costume have been toned down and the publicity still does look a bit more grim and realistic. It still however maintains that (director Zack) Snyder trait of things looking real but also tacky and fake." --WeGotThisCovered.com

" I'm not really sure what to make of the costume's material, though, which seems to be some kind of sticky, shiny plastic more suited to Spiderman's hand grips or something like that."  --CinemaBlend

"...Pretty damn awesome, I must say."  --MTV

What do you think of the costume? Will you see the rebooted Superman when it finally comes out? Should the film follow the grim trail of the newer "Batman" movies, or stay upbeat? Discuss with us on Facebook.

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Photos: Best and worst superhero costumes

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  1. Old-fashioned 'America'

    In the 2011 film "Captain America," Chris Evans' costume is meant to resemble a World War II airman's jumpsuit, director Joe Johnston told Entertainment Weekly. It's modest and practical, a far cry from the tight Spandex sported by many heroes. Evans told MTV News the costume was "not comfortable" but that the redesigned version he wears in "The Avengers" is more more modern and "looks fantastic." (Paramount Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Costume of the gods

    "Thor" isn't just a superhero, he's a Norse god, and his armor and cape reflect that. The L.A. Times reported that Chris Hemsworth was so afraid he wouldn't look strong enough to play the role that he worked out too much -- and for a while, his costume was too tight. He reportedly backed off on the workouts and his costume was altered to fit. (Paramount Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Cold as ice

    January Jones looks breathtakingly cold as Emma Frost in 2011's "X-Men: First Class." Jones told MTV her favorite costume from the film involved a fur cape. (20th Century Fox) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Not easy being 'Green'

    In 2011's "Green Lantern," part of Ryan Reynolds' glowing costume was CGI-generated, a decision which did not delight fanboys. (Warner Bros) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. I am 'Iron Man'

    Anyone could be inside Robert Downey Jr's "Iron Man" costume, but it's still recognized as one of the cooler hero costumes in recent years. You may also see it at your doorstep come October -- it's a popular Halloween choice. (Paramount Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Regular Joe

    Some superheroes don't really need Spandex. Seth Rogen pretty much just donned a mask to play 2011's "Green Hornet." (Columbia Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Does whatever a spider can

    We're used to seeing Spider-Man in red, white and blue, but in 2007's "Spider-Man 3," Peter Parker's suit mysteriously changes to black, bringing out the dark side of the hero. (Sony Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Bluer than blue

    In 2000's "X-Men," Mystique's blue skin sets her apart from the other heroes. (20th Century Fox) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Most embarrassing costume ever?

    Yes, that's George Clooney in the costume on the left, starring in 1997's "Batman & Robin." For some reason, the costume sported visible nipples, one of the oddest choices in superhero costuming ever. In the photo at right, Michael Keaton wears a more traditional batsuit in 1989's "Batman." (Warner Bros.) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Mrow!

    Some of the more notable comic-book costumes for women are that of slinky, sexy "Catwoman." Here, Michelle Pfeiffer plays her in 1992's "Batman Returns," while Halle Berry shows a little more skin in 2004's "Catwoman." Obviously, the costume designer took the words "cat suit" to heart. (Warner Bros.) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. A classic

    Few superhero costumes stand the test of time as well as that worn by the late Christopher Reeve in 1978's "Superman." (Warner Bros.) Back to slideshow navigation
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