Henry Cavill revealed what playing Superman means to him and why he’d like to play the Kryptonian for “years to come.”
After the recent news that Henry Cavill’s Superman is in talks to appear across multiple DC films over the next few years, the star himself has opened up about why he wants to keep playing the iconic hero. In Variety’s Actors on Actors issue, Cavill spoke to Patrick Stewart about the role and what it means to him. The star explained that he sees portraying the character as a responsibility even when he’s not wearing the costume on set.
“I’ve always been a fan of Superman. With a character like that, you carry the mantle with you off set. And it becomes part of your public representation. When you meet children, children don’t necessarily see me as Henry Cavill, but they might see Superman, and there’s a responsibility which comes with that. Because it’s such a wonderful character, it’s actually a responsibility I’m happy to have and I hope that I get to play more of Superman in the years to come.”
Although fans were disappointed to learn that a Man of Steel sequel isn’t being considered at the moment, Henry Cavill is clearly grateful for landing the role. He told Patrick Stewart how the character opened up a number of other opportunities for his career. And when Cavill was asked to open up about how it’s affected him personally, the Superman star pointed out that playing Kal-El forces actors to ask whether they’re a good enough person to portray him.
“My life has changed dramatically because of it. And it has given me plenty of opportunity for roles, and yeah, it’s been one of those characters which changed the entire course of my career. I’m incredibly grateful for it, and it’s also taught me a lot about myself. He’s so good, he’s so kind, and when you start to compare yourself to him, because you’re playing him, you start to really look inwards. You say, ‘Am I a good person? Can I be a good enough person to play Superman?’ And if you ever hear a whisper in there which is like, ‘Hmm, hold on a second. Maybe not,’ then you adjust it, and you make sure you are a better person. I think that’s all we can do in life.”
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Henry Cavill’s Superman was last seen in Justice League. Here’s the official synopsis for the movie:
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J. K. Simmons, and Ciarán Hinds.
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