Henry Cavill is of course perhaps best known for his iconic role and on screen portrayal of the last Kryptonian and adopted son of Earth, Kal-El or Superman as most folks know the character best, but for the British born actor, having to choose between playing Clark Kent or the more recent role of Napoleon Solo in the The Man from UNCLE, might not be the easy decision some might think, if Cavill were given a choice between the two high profile roles.
When asked about his favorite roles as an actor in a recent interview, Cavill had this to say, “I don’t really think about the characters I may or may not play in the future – I usually just get on with it. But it turns out Napoleon is a hoot. It’s fun being him; if everyone could be Napoleon, they would be. The Man From UNCLE is probably – no, definitely – my favourite movie that I’ve been in so far.”
And when asked about what it is like to be Solo, Joanna Johnston, the Oscar-nominated costume designer said, “He’s all about the vanity and projection of his appearance—so expensive, good-looking, and chic.”
When asked by Esquire what it was like to trade in the Man of Steel’s cape for a fine Savile Row suit, the dashing actor said, “Definitely had more choice,” as the actor laughed, “I love clothes, and I loved the classic, tailored suits I got to wear; real quality. What I love about the ’60s is, there was flair. That dash of color, the sharp accent, it was so interesting to see how they experimented with style back then. Probably more so than we do now.”
When speaking about the cloths and suits that made the well dressed Man from UNCLE, Johnston described Solo’s apparel by pointing out that his Oxfords were from Crockett & Jones, his boots were from G.J. Cleverley, while his sunglasses were Thierry & Lasry, with his thief’s leather gloves were from Pickett and from Dents as well.
But for Cavill, perhaps the most important thing for any man, including a Superman to have in his wardrobe was not a red cape, but rather, “A three-piece suit –especially the bespoke one from Dunhill because it is the nuts. They’ve sorted me out for this press tour and dude, it feels so good wearing a suit like that – I’m so lucky.”
In fact, all of the international man of mystery’s “important suits” were made by Everest in high Savile Row tradition, using nothing but pure wool fabric from Misan and Holland & Sherry. And when he was asked what he would save from a burning building, the future Justice Leaguer said, “Dogs count as loved ones, right? Okay, well ignoring people and lives, it’d be a passport. Oh, and that Dunhill suit.”
So while in fact Cavill did indeed stress that he is in fact honored to play Superman and really considers it to be a dream come true of sorts, it would seem that where style and spandex are concerned, there is nothing quite like a well dressed character and absolutely nothing quite like a great three piece suit to make the man look and feel like a true champion and god among men.