How Henry Cavill Took Over the Valley of Fire for His Men’s Journal Cover Shoot

After donning a superhero suit as Superman, Man of Steel Henry Cavill ditched his cape for a badass motorcycle jacket during his Men’s Journal cover shoot in Nevada’s stunning Valley of Fire State Park.

“Being at a photoshoot, it’s so much easier when you’re in a location like this,” Cavill says. “You kind of get to feel the environment a bit. It’s like an acting tool. And it’s beautiful, so it helps the shots when I’m not looking beautiful,” he joked.

Cavill brought along his “best buddy” Kal—named for Kal-El, Superman’s real name—but that wasn’t all he had in the desert to make the shoot fun. Cavill also rode around on a Ducati motorcycle, channeling his inner Tom Cruise from his upcoming film, Mission: Impossible—Fallout. In the new Mission: Impossible, Cavill plays CIA operative August Walker, a mysterious new member of Cruise’s character Ethan Hunt’s team. Cavill even grew a mustache for the role, and got himself into “super” shape to handle all the physical stunts.

See all the photographs by Jeff Lipsky, and read Cavill’s full profile and more about his physical training for Mission: Impossible—Fallout in the August 2018 issue of Men’s Journal, on newsstands now.

And catch Cavill in Mission: Impossible—Fallout, which stars Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin, and Rebecca Ferguson, in theaters on July 27.