Before he stepped into the role of Clark Kent, also known as Superman, in the 2013 film Man of Steel, actor Henry Cavill underwent a remarkable transformation to become DC's most iconic superhero. Prior to the release of Man of Steel in 2013, Henry Cavill's casting as Superman was announced in January 2011. This was a major breakthrough for him after previously missing out on significant roles like Superman in Superman Returns, Cedric Diggory in the Harry Potter franchise, Edward Cullen in the Twilight franchise, and James Bond in Casino Royale. Not only was Man of Steel a career boost for Cavill, but it also marked a significant physical transformation for him.
Cavill's journey in preparation for his role in Man of Steel was well-documented over the years. In a 2018 article by Men's Health celebrating his 34th birthday, Cavill's transformation was highlighted. From 2001 to 2012, Cavill took on various smaller roles that didn't necessarily require him to showcase his physique. However, in films like 2011's Immortals, his muscular frame as Theseus marked the beginning of his transformation into the DCEU's Man of Steel.
To achieve his desired appearance for the role, Cavill enlisted the help of
While Cavill is no longer Superman in the DC Universe, David Corenswet, known for his roles in Hollywood and The Politician, has been cast as the new Clark Kent. Following in Cavill's footsteps, Corenswet has also undergone a major transformation to embody the physicality of DC Comics' Superman. It seems that the leaner actors cast in the iconic role have recognized the need to bulk up and bring a more imposing, superhuman physique to the legendary character.