Playing a superhero in a big budget film these days comes with major expectations when it comes to physical appearance. Action stars are getting bigger and leaner, and fans expect comic book characters to look like they stepped right off the pages off a graphic novel. This was certainly no different for the 2016 film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Ben Affleck, who played Bruce Wayne/Batman, and Henry Cavill, who played Clark Kent/Superman, both had to get in the best shape of their lives to play the two most iconic superheroes of all-time. While both actors were already in excellent shape, they both took their training to another level to play their respective heroes.
Ben Affleck’s workout routine for Batman was designed to put the maximum amount of muscle onto his frame. Affleck trained for more than a year before filming began to get the desired look of the Caped Crusader. He worked out for 6 days straight, followed by a 2 day break, with each workout lasting anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 and a half hours. He followed a classic bodybuilding style of split that worked the entire body.
This strict schedule allowed Affleck to bulk up to 228 pounds, with less than 8 percent body fat. To put on so much muscle, Affleck’s diet also had to be on point. A clean diet helped to ensure that the weight he was putting on was muscle and not fat. The main aspects of his diet were plenty of lean protein from sources like meat and fish, as well as vegetables.
Henry Cavill’s workout routine for Superman also focused on bulking up with quality muscle mass gain. Cavill was already in superhero shape, having portrayed Superman in 2013’s Man of Steel. For the sequel, Cavill wanted to bulk up even more to stand across from Affleck.
Cavill’s training incorporated a variety of different types of exercises in addition to traditional weight lifting. He would also perform bodyweight exercises, such as push ups, and plyometrics such as tuck jumps. These exercises helped him to not only pack on extra muscle mass, but also boost his metabolism and shred any extra body fat.
Cavill ate a diet that consisted of an insane 5,000 calories per day, which helped him bulk up to as heavy as 220 pounds. While he was consuming a ridiculous amount of calories, his diet was mostly clean which helped him to stay lean and put on “good” weight.
You can see what Cavill in training looks like in the video below. The video shows Cavill preparing with some cast mates for Man of Steel, led by trainer Mark Twight of Gym Jones. Some of the exercises that Cavill are doing include kettlebell presses, deadlifts, ring dips, pull ups, shoulder presses, and much more.
Trying to look like two of the most iconic comic book characters of all-time is no easy task and not many could pull it off. Luckily for DC Comics fans, Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill were more than up for the challenge for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.