“Both failed”: David Corenswet May Not Like Harsh Feedbacks From Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel Collaborator Over His Superman Suit

Clay Staub breaks down his complaints regarding the new Superman suit reveal.

Henry Cavill in Man of Steel, David Corenswet in Superman Legacy

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  • After months of anticipation, the first look at David Corenswet's Superman suit was finally revealed.
  • But following the bold choices incorporated in the suit, it has drawn some mixed reactions from fans.
  • Clay Staub, who served as a second-unit director on many Snyder flicks, took to X to slam the suit reveal.
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With roughly 14 months to go until Superman makes its way to the big screen, the first look at David Corenswet’s suit was finally revealed, which drew mixed reactions. From incorporating a mock neck, similar to 2011’s New 52 reboot suit, to bringing back the trunks, which were ditched in Zack Snyder’s version, the suit reveal has taken the internet by storm.

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But while many are excited by these elements incorporated in the suit, some also shared skepticism towards it, including long-time Zack Snyder collaborator Clay Staub.

Long-Time Zack Snyder Collaborator Shared His Criticism Regarding the Suit Reveal

First look at David Corenswet as Superman
David Corenswet as Superman | Threads @jamesgunn ; Photo by Jess Miglio

In the suit reveal, David Corenswet can be seen sitting in a pose similar to how artist Frank Quitely often interprets Superman in All-Star Superman, one of the major inspirations for this adaptation. Furthermore, James Gunn clarified that there was no tinkering whatsoever, and the photo was shot by his long-time set photographer Jessica Miglio. But following the bold choices incorporated in the suit, from the trunk to the mock neck, the reception to the first reveal has been pretty divisive.

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A still of David Corenswet from The Politician
David Corenswet | Credit: The Politician (via Netflix)

Clay Staub, who served as a second-unit director on many Zack Snyder projects, including Justice League, starring Henry Cavill, took to X to slam the official first look of the new Superman suit. Staub criticized the layout and Corenswet’s pose, stating that it ends up “making the suit chest and arms look bulky and rubbery,” which he stressed wasn’t the best idea for the suit reveal.

He further lambasted the reveal, stressing, “If the metaphor is the New Man/New Suit or Pull Yourself Up By Your Bootstraps…then both failed.” However, Staub did clarify that he has no problem with Corenswet and the potential narrative for the adaptation, stating it could turn out great.

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David Corenswet Initially Failed to Make a Lasting Impact on James Gunn

A few weeks ago, rumors started to emerge, claiming that the Superman star once auditioned for the part of Adam Warlock in the threequel, which ended up going to Will Poulter. And on asked if this was true, James Gunn confirmed it.

However, it appears Corenswet failed to make a lasting impression on the writer-director with his audition, as Gunn stressed that he couldn’t recall his audition.

A still of Adam Warlock from Guardians 3
Adam Warlock | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (via Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

He stated:

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“I asked him about it and he said he did so I believe him, but I don’t remember it.”

Fortunately, the Pearl star didn’t drop the ball with his Superman audition and is now on his way to becoming the biggest live-acton Superman in terms of physique.

Superman will open in theatres on 11 July 2025.

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Written by Santanu Roy

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Santanu Roy is a film enthusiast with a deep love for the medium of animation while also being obsessed with The Everly Brothers, Billy Joel, and The Platters. Having expertise in everything related to Batman, Santanu spends most of his time watching and learning films, with Martin Scorsese and Park Chan-wook being his personal favorites. Apart from pursuing a degree in animation, he also possesses a deep fondness for narrative-driven games and is currently a writer at Fandomwire with over 1000 articles.