Turns out people really wouldn’t recognize Superman — even without the glasses.
Henry Cavill, the current Clark Kent/Superman, posted a video that went viral on Facebook and Instagram of himself in New York’s Times Square wearing a Superman shirt.
With his hair slicked back and in a nondescript brown jacket, Cavill stood at different spots around Times Square — even in front of the giant billboards of the upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” opening March 25.
And no one noticed. He looked just like any other tourist taking photos around Times Square.
Cavill wrote with his post: “Dear Doubter, the glasses are good enough. Regards, Superman”
Now rages the debate of whether this was a superior casting decision by Warner Bros. — Cavill really can play an Everyman with hidden superpowers — or if it’s a marketing debacle.
Some comments from Facebook:
▪ “Henry Cavill (the current Superman) walked around Times Square in a Superman shirt and nobody recognized him. He posted about it on Instagram. I don’t think he realizes what bad press for the movie that is.”
▪ “Not to be a marvel fanboy but … Superman movies are forgettable. No one has made a stamp on the superman movie franchise since Christopher Reeve.”
▪ “This proves that Superman can disguise himself with glasses and be Clark Kent. Booyaka!”
Or maybe it’s just a commentary on New Yorkers.
▪ “Reason #4720 why NYC is the greatest city on earth. in new york, you’re always just another person taking up space. on the streets, everyone is equal.”
▪ “It’s not that no one recognized him. It’s New York. No one cares and even if they do they just keep walking. One of the great thing about New Yorkers.”
▪ “How did New Yorkers miss this face? Because they’re in angry-pissed-survival mode. Me? I would have noticed THIS honey-face.”
On “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Thursday, the host asked Cavill about the video. The actor said he wanted to prove that glasses are a “perfectly reasonable disguise.”