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The New "Man of Steel" Speaks Out

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival(NEW YORK) -- British actor Henry Cavill can't say much about his starring role in the upcoming Superman film Man of Steel, but in a new interview with the movie magazine Cineplex, he's shedding a bit of light on the anticipated film.

"There's no better feeling than to get that call," Cavill says of 300 director Zack Snyder's letting him know he'd gotten the gig.

Man of Steel flies into theaters next summer, and a teaser trailer shed no details of the plot, and only one shot of Cavill suited up as the superhero.

"What I can say is that it's a modernization of the character and a very realistic view of one, obviously, very fantastic individual," the actor says.  "It's an unreal situation, but it's approached from a very practical viewpoint.  We wanted to make the character easier to identify with."

Cavill knows 2006's Superman Returns failed to win fans' hearts, and he knows he's the center of not only what Warner Bros. hopes is a hit movie, but also an anchor for a likely Justice League film.

"There are a lot of people relying on me to do this well," he admits.  "I gladly accept that responsibility [but] I don't let the pressures get to me because that's going to hinder my performance and, therefore, let people down.  So I choose to...ignore the pressure side of it and focus on doing justice to Superman."

The actor, who will be seen in theaters Friday in The Cold Light of Day opposite Bruce Willis, explains after playing planet Krypton's favorite son, he'd love a shot at another legendary character -- a certain cinematic spy.

"I would love the opportunity to play Bond!," Cavill exclaims.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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