Henry Cavill is the latest actor to don the red cape and has since made Superman his own, a difficult task considering the immense depth and history of the character, who has been around since 1938. Man of Steel premiered in 2013 and was met with mixed reviews, which have since been argued against by those such as Superman writer David Goyer.
But now it's time for The Big Blue to let his critics know what he things of Man of Steel. In a phone interview with Cineplex, Henry Cavill reportedly announced that he's less concerned about any negativity surrounding Man of Steel and more about preparing for Batman v Superman. Cavill continued by saying:
“The reception of my first Superman movie, from what I’ve read, was fairly mixed. Everyone I’ve spoken to enjoyed the movie, but [not] unlike if you’re going to meet a stranger in the street, they’re not going to badmouth you to your face."
Interestingly, Cavill also says that Batman v Superman, directed by Zack Snyder, will not address the supposed issues of Man of Steel.
"There’s no intentional move, I don’t think, in Batman v. Superman to address any issues that people had with Man of Steel. It’s just a continuation of that storyline and they continue to develop that world and introduce new characters.”
Rather than arguing against the apparent issues present in Man of Steel, Cavill has chosen to rise above them and further the impressive Clark Kent character development achieved in Batman v Superman. Ultimately, we can expect an extension of Cavill's dark, brooding interpretation of the iconic DC hero.
“I think maybe people may look down on some popular-culture stuff, but they’re actually very complicated and interesting characters. Superman especially, he’s just wonderfully rich and one of those things, for me, that’s just enjoyable to play."
Cavill finished by further explaining the development he prompted in his adaptation of Clark Kent's character.
"There’s so far you can go with it; if you really, really delve deep into the character, there’s so much you can do. It’s just about exploring it within the vehicles and finding what you want to do. He’s going to have some very interesting character development in this one.”
Amidst all the hype for Batman v Superman, which is set up to be a huge production, it seems many have forgotten that the movie will have a heart behind all the action. At the core of Batman v Superman there will be a Dark Knight and a Man of Steel, each with a unique perspective amidst the chaos. Let's hope that there's room amongst it all for some serious character development.
Batman v Superman premieres on March 25, 2016. Check out the trailer below.