Who is the UK's favourite superhero?

Published Friday, Jun 14 2013, 15:24 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Superman star Henry Cavill has swooped into the top spot as the superhero Brits would most like to be saved by.

A survey by Cadbury Heroes questioned 1,000 Brits ahead of the new Superman film – Man of Steel – which premiered in London this Wednesday.

According to the study, a quarter (25%) of female fans admit swooning over the heartthrob's muscular body and chiseled features above any other superhero.

Henry Cavill at the Superman premiere in New York, 10 June 2013

© Rex Features / Erik Pendzich

Henry Cavill... swoon

Brit Henry Cavill, famed for his role in the Tudors, beat off stiff competition from Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man), Christian Bale (Batman), Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Chris Evans (Captain America) to take the superhero top spot.

When questioned about what super powers they would most want, nearly a quarter (24%) of women opted for to become invisible, whereas most men (22%) would rather travel through time. Flying and immortality were also among popular powers.

A spokesperson said: "As Superman fever hits the country this week it is no surprise the nation dreams of having a Clark Kent superhero power like flying or super strength."

Most desirable superhero the nation want to be rescued by:

Superman – Henry Cavill – 25%
Wonder Woman – Lynda Carter – 23%
Batman – Christian Bale – 10%
Iron Man – Robert Downey Jr – 7%
Wolverine – Hugh Jackman – 7%
Spiderman – Andrew Garfield – 6%
Thor – Chris Hemsworth – 5%
The Hulk – Edward Norton – 4%
Flash Gordon – Sam Jones - 3%
Captain America – Chris Evans – 2%

Women's most wanted super powers:

Invisibility – 24%
Time travel – 21%
Flying – 11%
Tele-transportation – 11%
Immortality – 8%

Men's most wanted super powers:

Time travel – 22%
Invisibility – 21%
Immortality – 13%
Super strength – 9%
X-Ray vision – 7%

By Rishma Dosani