Did Special Effects Artists Add Christopher Reeve’s Face to ‘Man of Steel?’ (GIF)

Image via Reddit

Image via Reddit

The animated GIF above is being hotly debated on Reddit at the moment. The user who posted it claims it’s proof the face of Christopher Reeve (the guy who played Superman in four films between 1978 and 1987, for all you clueless ’90s kids) was subtly inserted into Man of Steel by special effects artists as a tribute to the actor.

My first impression is that people are seeing things that just aren’t there. All I see in the GIF is the face of Henry Cavill, the current Superman. He certainly looks a lot like Christopher Reeve, but that’s clearly no coincidence — he was cast in large part due to his appearance.

I might be in the minority, though. Lots of people swear they see Reeve’s face, either at the very beginning of the GIF or the very end. Someone isolated the frame in question:

Photo via Reddit

Photo via Reddit

Whose face do you see?

Photos via Entertainment Weekly, comicbookmovie.com

Photos via Entertainment Weekly, comicbookmovie.com

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One Response to Did Special Effects Artists Add Christopher Reeve’s Face to ‘Man of Steel?’ (GIF)

  1. In case you didn’t notice, Reeve’s Superman parted his hair on the opposite side from Henry Cavill’s incarnation. Can’t we just look at that?