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Get your first glimpse of Henry Cavill as Superman in Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel”

Get your first glimpse of Henry Cavill as Superman in Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” (photo)

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After the mixed reception of “Superman Returns,” fans of the world’s most popular and recognizable superhero have been very cautious in their reception to the upcoming “Man of Steel,” starring Henry Cavill. But the time for nervous hand-wringing is over, as the first image of the British actor as Supes has been released, moving us firmly into snap judgment territory. The photo comes one day after the announcement that Lawrence Fishburne will play Clark Kent’s boss, Perry White.

Eschewing the updated, “small-S” design sported by Brandon Routh in “Superman Returns,” Cavill’s costume looks much closer to a classic design for the character. It’s unclear, however, whether the costume will retain the boy-shorts seen in the last movie, as Cavill’s nether regions are obscured by shadow in this first image. Sorry, ladies.

The suit itself appears heavily textured throughout, with dimpling on the suit’s blue sections and a significantly raised S-symbol, another departure from Routh’s relatively smooth costume. When it comes to Cavill himself, the “Tudors” star definitely looks the part, with the thick, jet-black hair and heavy musculature befitting a proud son of Krypton.

When Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” hits theaters in the summer of 2013, he will be joined by an impressive cast that includes Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Superman’s earthborn foster parents, and Laurence Fishbourne as the aforementioned boss.

To see a high-rez image of Cavill as Superman, click here.

What do you think about the first image of Henry Cavill as Superman? Does the British actor fit the role? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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