“Man of Steel” isn’t the first go around for Henry Cavill in the role of Superman.
Back in mid-2004, at the age of just twenty, Cavill was a young actor mostly known for small roles in 2002’s “The Count of Monte Cristo” and 2003’s “I Capture the Castle”.
It was also a time when he was a potential Superman in what was then known as “Superman: Flyby,” the second attempt to revive Superman following Tim Burton and Nic Cage’s “Superman Lives” in the late 1990s.
This incarnation had McG & Brett Ratner directing at different points with at least two scripts by “Alias” and “Felicity” creator J.J. Abrams. It ultimately fell apart once Bryan Singer came onboard and started over with “Superman Returns”.
Various talents like Paul Walker, Jude Law, Josh Hartnett, Ashton Kutcher, Jared Padalecki, James Marsden and David Boreanaz were all under consideration for the film. Quite a few tested using a prototype red-and-blue costume design.
Today, Think McFly Think have found a screencap from the Cavill screen test back in 2004. Check it out below, along with a sketch of the full outfit:
Cavill of course didn’t get the role that time. When he came back years later to test for the Zack Snyder film, he donned Chris Reeve’s iconic outfit from the classic movies. It looked good enough that he won the gig.