Published July 12, 2018
Henry Cavill’s take on Superman has divided critics since he first made his appearance as the caped hero in 2013’s "Man of Steel."
But it’s not just audiences who have taken issue with Cavill’s darker version of Clark Kent, with the actor himself admitted he had regrets about the role.
In an interview with Square Mile, Cavill explained how his take on the superhero hasn’t been given much room for character development.
"Man of Steel" covered Superman’s dark origins, ending with the superhero killing Captain Zod in cold blood to save others — a dramatic departure from the feel-good Superman movies starring Christopher Reeve.
After "Man of Steel," plans for more Superman sequels were put on hold to develop the DC Comics universe, with Cavill reprising his role in 2016’s "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and 2017’s "Justice League" alongside Ben Affleck’s Batman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman.
Cavill argued that the focus on the ensemble movies means that audiences haven’t been able to see Superman develop from his dark origins in "Man of Steel" — something he regrets.
“We didn’t get the opportunity to show the other side of it, the ‘I’m ready to be Superman now and I’m ready to show the world the best examples,’” Cavill said.
“That’s where the joy and glee comes from, and that sense of warmth from the character, which is his real superpower — he makes people believe in themselves.
“It was a shame because it would’ve been nice, and it would have been a lovely coupling with the seriousness and the depth of 'Man of Steel.'”
Despite the last two DC movies getting a mixed reaction from audiences, Cavill said he was “definitely” interested in another Superman movie.
“There’s an opportunity to keep on telling Superman stories, and getting them exactly right. Showing the things like hope and joy and that wonderful power of his to make people believe in themselves,” he said.