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June 17, 2013

Why Hello Henry: The New Man of Steel

Henry Cavill falls under the “Why Didn’t I Notice Him Before,” category–a category Tracy Cooper Posey talks about on her blog here.

Got cleavage? Henry Cavill in The Tudors
Got cleavage? Henry Cavill in The Tudors

Why didn’t I notice you, Henry, in Tristan & Isolde? (Ahem. Because I had eyes for no one but James Franco is why.)

Why didn’t I notice you, Henry, on the Tudors, why didn’t I notice you in the Count of Monte Cristo? Am I blind?Cavill

Sorry Henry.  My bad. But guess who has two thumbs and feels like an idiot now? This gal!

In this latest incarnation of Superman, they seem to be emphasizing the steel part of the whole Man of Steel with the latest suit.  Interesting.  I have no problem with this, and I find it compelling to note that in a world of skinny men–I mean, cigarette jeans, come on–that they’re sticking to an old style Superman body type with Henry.  Just check out those thighs–they are pretty crazy amazing. No cig jeans for Henry.

Man O' Steel, with Thighs  O Amazement
Man O’ Steel, with Thighs O Amazement
I heart Clark Kent
I heart Clark Kent

Meanwhile there are so many superman’s of the past.  My test of a new superman is how he stacks up against the classic Christopher Reeves.  That franchise was pretty blechy at the end, but the first movie is just so 80’s it hurts.  (Props to Ben Affleck playing Steve Reeves in the movie Hollywood Land–he’s my second runner up.) In the 80’s Superman movie, I actually melted a little more for Reeves’ Clark Kent than for his superman.

His Clark was all sort of helplessly vulnerable yet beefy, and harmless yet beefy.  He had this really goofy smile with his nerdy glasses.  He was also thoughtful, intelligent–and yet, just achingly beefy. He was like a Newfoundland puppy. You wanted to wrestle with him on the floor.  Unlike a puppy, you then wanted to tie him to your bed, strip his clothes off, and have your way with him.

Yet seeing Henry decked out in Clark Kent glasses my last thread of skepticism over the new movie evaporated.  WOW.  I like this new metrosexual Clark. Clark–uh, I mean, Henry–welcome to the big time.  It’ll be exciting to see how you do in this major new role.  Here’s hoping you do that voodoo that superman does so well.

New Clark--accept no substitutions.
New Clark–accept no substitutions.

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9 comments

  • Elizabeth Shore

    A gay friend and I used to just melt every Monday after Sunday night’s Tudors episode. Sure, we talked about what happened in the latest episode, but believe you me, there was discussed a’plenty about the most delicious element of the series, Mr. Henry Cavill. Yeah, seriously, I can’t believe you didn’t notice him before. Veeeeerrrrry hot.

    Reply to Elizabeth Shore
    • Post authormadelineiva

      I’m an idiot, what can I say?

      Reply to madelineiva
  • elfahearn

    I’m wondering if he’s any relation to Edith Cavell, the World War I nurse who smuggled over 200 allied soldiers out of German occupied Belgium. Few people have heard of her, but when she was captured and killed by a German firing squad, her death set off a firestorm that became one of the major reasons the U.S. got involved in the war. I wrote a play about her. She was a superwoman.

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    • Post authormadelineiva

      Cool — I heard of her, my playwriting prof talked about her. Yeah, I wonder too. He comes from a family of five boys.

      Reply to madelineiva
  • Lucy Felthouse

    I’ve fancied him since The Tudors, which I’m actually re-watching now. He’s getting hotter with age, too 🙂

    Reply to Lucy Felthouse
    • Post authormadelineiva

      Ah! Maybe that’s it. I mean, George Clooney was good on ER and all, but he was MUCH better looking after 35. Maybe that assurance he had when he was younger didn’t seem earned and came off as cocky or something.

      Reply to madelineiva
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