He’s literally a superfan.
In what amounts to a meta double dose of Superman, a new photo of Man of Steel actor Henry Cavill has surfaced, showing him posing with a copy of Action Comics #1, which features the first appearance of the iconic superhero.
In the snap, the actor is all decked out in his Superman duds, standing next to an unidentified fellow as he holds the landmark issue. (A copy sold for a record $3.2 million in 2014.) It’s unclear exactly when the pic was taken, but all signs point to either 2015 or 2016, since the caption notes that it was snapped “behind the scenes of #BatmanvSuperman.”
Cavill is set to reprise his role as Superman this fall in the upcoming Justice League movie, but fans are still in the dark as to exactly what that’ll involve. The son of Krypton seemingly met his demise at the end of Batman v Superman, and although his return has been a foregone conclusion, he’s been conspicuously absent in trailers and promos leading up to the DCEU’s big blowout.
Cavill has himself remained cryptic, taking to Instagram in July to talk about Justice League reshoots while poking fun at the furor surrounding “Mustache-gate.” (The gist: Cavill grew a mustache for his role in Mission: Impossible 6, which supposedly caused headaches during Justice League reshoots that required a clean-shaven Superman. Not true, Cavill says.)
In March, Justice League co-director Zack Synder dropped a few hints about Superman’s role in the film, telling USA Today, “It’s hard to have a Justice League without Superman. That’s how I feel about it.”
He then flicked at the ending of Batman v Superman while teasing what may lie ahead in Justice League: “It was always a super-intriguing concept to me to have this opportunity to have him make that sacrifice but also have him be this, in a weird sort of way, the why of Justice League: What do you do now with him? What does the team think? What does the world need? All that comes into play. It’s fun for us but it’ll be interesting for audiences what we do with him.”
Fans will soon find out when Justice League thunders into theaters on Nov. 17.