Henry Cavill on playing Superman: I’ve not given up the role

As he’s preparing to be prominently featured in Netflix’s The Witcher series, Henry Cavill didn’t avoid talking about his tenure as Superman in a new interview with Men’s Health.

Cavill has joined Christopher Reeve as the only actor to play Superman on the big screen in more than three films. That understandably makes him somewhat protective of the role and not want to give it up without doing the character “justice.”

“I’m not just going to sit quietly in the dark as all this stuff is going on. I’ve not given up the role,” Cavill said in the interview. “There’s a lot I have to give for Superman yet. A lot of storytelling to do. A lot of real, true depths to the honesty of the character I want to get into. I want to reflect the comic books. That’s important to me. There’s a lot of justice to be done for Superman. The status is: You’ll see.”

Bottom line? “The cape is in the closet,” Cavill says. “It’s still mine.”

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Cavill went on to discuss his three films as Superman with some interesting takes.

Man of Steel: “A great starting point. If I were to go back, I don’t think I’d change anything.”
That lines up a lot with my thoughts on the film, which was intentionally set up to be different than other Superman films most notably Bryan Singer’s take with Superman Returns.

Batman v Superman: “Very much a Batman movie. And I think that realm of darkness is great for a Batman movie.”
Cavill isn’t wrong there as the theatrical cut featured Ben Affleck’s Batman more than Superman. I still contend the film was really good and only truly got compromised by forcing Doomsday and The Death of Superman in at the tail end of the film.

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Justice League: “It didn’t work.”
I love the chemistry of the stars and the interaction of the characters, but Steppenwolf was a terrible villain and his whole agenda felt undeveloped.

Interestingly, Cavill didn’t address the Snyder Cut of Justice League, which is starting to take on a life of its own as Director Zack Snyder and stars Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa and Ray Fisher have joined the social media push to get Snyder’s full take on the film released.

If the Snyder Cut of JL is anything like Batman v Superman’s Ultimate Edition it would be a very different and better film.

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