10:05 am EDT, July 3, 2014

First official photo of Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel in ‘Batman v Superman’ released!

This morning USA Today unveiled the first official photo of Henry Cavill in his role of Superman in the so-called Man of Steel sequel Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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Unsurprisingly, Cavill’s Superman has a similar look to the one seen in Man of Steel. The character is standing in a rainy (depressing) setting and reminds us of the first photo of Batman in which Ben Affleck’s character looked equally depressed. Click to view in HD:

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Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder spoke to USA Today for this morning’s first look and unveiled a couple of interesting tidbits concerning progress on the film.

Snyder describes Affleck’s character as “a crusty old Batman,” making it “cooler” to see him “beating the snot out of guys.” The director argues that Batman’s age in pop culture (75 years) opened up this unique opportunity.

Why insert him into a movie so soon after The Dark Knight Rises? “It seemed organic the way our story was unfolding to start to feather him in,” Snyder says, though he admits that he was in no rush to put Batman into the movie.

In addition, Snyder sheds a little more light on the title of the film. Even though he’s unable to talk about the battle that will inevitably ensue between Superman and Batman, he hints that using “v” in the title instead of “vs” was used “to keep it from being a straight ‘versus’ movie, even in the most subtle way.”

Concerning filming, Snyder says that Gal Gadot hasn’t started shooting her role as Wonder Woman, and that Affleck and Cavill have only shot a few scenes together so far.

Earlier this week the first sorta-kinda official look at Henry Cavill as Clark Kent was released.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be released May 6, 2016.

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