Superman himself, Henry Cavill, set out to prove that Clark Kent’s disguise works despite just being made up of a pair of glasses and everyday clothes.
Out of all the superheroes out there, Superman owns, by far, the simplest of all disguises. Many fans stretching over decades have argued whether or not his disguise is enough to convince people that he is simply Clark Kent, and not a super strong alien from another world. After all, The Man of Steel only sports a nifty set of lenses during his day job, and simply takes off the glasses, and wears an outfit with a giant S on the front, during his moonlighting. No hood, no mask, no problem.
The Wall Street Journal notes that while promoting the upcoming movie Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Cavill talked about a recent trip to New York’s Times Square. The trip was recorded so Cavill even has video evidence that Superman’s disguise is enough to trick people.
Cavill, who dukes it out with Ben Affleck’s Batman in the upcoming film, said he stood underneath a huge Dawn of Justice billboard wearing a Superman T-shirt, and no glasses. Not one person recognized him, he told Jimmy Kimmel. He was stopped though, but not for an autograph or a picture. The person who stopped him simply wanted directions.
“The only person who stopped us was someone who was asking for directions to [Grand] Central station,” Cavill admitted, states Hollywood Reporter.
Cavill firmly believes that this is defining proof that Superman’s disguise is good enough. “Supes hides in plain sight!” The actor announced. Cavill also posted a picture on Instagram of himself seated on a bench wearing the T-shirt. “Dear Doubter, The glasses are good enough. Regards, Superman #WhoWillWin #Superman,” Cavill wrote in the caption.
Also while on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Henry Cavill also talked about working with Ben Affleck and having to fight against him. In the film, Superman and Batman fight on an epic level, with Cavill’s Superman telling Affleck’s Batman to never answer the bat signal again.
But Gotham’s hero clearly doesn’t back down, nor is he intimidated by the superior Superman, so he responds to Superman’s threat by telling Superman that he will bleed.
Of course, EW notes that Jimmy Kimmel couldn’t resist asking the actor if some of that distain edged its way over to real-life on set interactions between himself and co-star Ben Affleck.
“No, I just didn’t like him,” Cavil admitted jokingly. “Genuine dislike. You know, that happens. Then you become lovers, and make videos with each other.”
“It’s like Sam and Diane, in a way,” Kimmel said.
Meanwhile, the St. Patrick’s Day special edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live also included a not so epic slow motion showdown between Cavill and Kimmel. As Cavill was coerced into doing the fight scene, Kimmel’s intentions were to speed the slow motion scene up to mess with the evenings incapacitated viewers.
Cavill said yes, punching Jimmy so that he slid back from the force and “smashed” the backdrop. But what goes around comes around as Jimmy’s security guard sidekick, Guillermo, quickly, in a slow motion sort of way, sprang into action.
Like Affleck’s Batman, though much less intimidating, he entered the scene and kneed Cavill then knocked Superman out cold. Maybe Affleck’s Batman should’ve teamed up with Kimmel’s sidekick to take down Superman in Dawn of Justice.
So fans, what do you think? If you saw Superman dressed in either his reporter disguise or wearing his traditional Superman suit, would you notice? Would you challenge him to a duel like Jimmy or Guillermo? Let us know in the comments and check out the clips from Kimmel below.
Be sure to catch Henry Cavill when Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters worldwide on March 25, 2016.
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