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Many actors have played Superman over the years and many more have auditioned, hoping to take on the iconic role, but of all those who put on the red cape, many still argue that Christopher Reeve will always be the definitive Kal-El.

When Man of Steel was first released in 2013, kick starting the DCEU, some eagle-eyed fans pointed out a potential tribute to Christopher Reeve that they had spotted during the World Engine scene. As Superman fights to destroy the Kyptonian technology once and for all, the energy given off distorts Kal-El's face, leading some to believe that Henry Cavill's face was briefly replaced by Reeves.

Via Warner Bros
Via Warner Bros

It's a lovely idea, paying tribute to the man who made a whole generation believe they could fly, but director Zack Snyder has been surprisingly quiet on the subject — until now.

In an interview posted to the Cines Argentinos YouTube page, Snyder is directly asked whether Reeve was digitally inserted into Man of Steel and unfortunately, the answer given isn't the one fans have been hoping for;

"Fan theory. It doesn't exist; it just looks like that," Snyder said, adding, "If it looks like that, that's the gods, not me."
Even Cavill's not happy.
Even Cavill's not happy.

While this may come as a blow to fans of Reeve's work, Cavill's likeness to the legendary actor is still remarkable, and I for one will choose to believe that someone out there wanted to pay tribute to him in this scene, even if it wasn't Snyder himself.

Who do you think portrayed Superman best?

RIP.
RIP.

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