Henry Cavill Is Not Quite Ready to Let Go of Superman
In the last decade, Henry Cavill has managed to snap up more memorable franchise roles than any other actor. From Geralt of Rivia to Sherlock Holmes, Cavill has had a colorful career so far, but there’s still one role he’s not quite ready to let go—Superman.
After Zack Snyder’s departure from the DCEU, as well as all the drama unfolding behind the scenes at Warner Bros., the future of the Man of Steel is still uncertain. While Wonder Woman 3 and Aquaman 2 are officially in the pipeline, no one is quite sure the direction the DCEU will take now that Snyder is out of the picture. Joss Whedon’s Justice League ended with Superman’s revival, as did the Snyder Cut, but the latter proposed a possible Knightmare sequence that would welcome the age of an evil Superman.
Clark Kent’s story is still open-ended in the DCEU, and Henry Cavill hopes to still be the Man of Steel when his story does finally conclude in the franchise.
“There is still a lot of storytelling for me to do as a Superman, and I would absolutely love the opportunity,” Henry said to The Hollywood Reporter.
“The killing of Zod gave a reason for the character never to kill again… Superman falling to the ground and screaming afterward—I don’t think that was originally in the script, but I wanted to show the pain he had. I did far more emotional takes they didn’t choose; tears were happening. He just killed the last remaining member of his species.”
Cavill’s dedication to his character is well known in many geekdoms. Before playing Geralt of Rivia, the actor was an avid player of the video games, and when he got the role of Superman, he named his new dog Kal after Kal-El.
That said, “The cape is still in the closet,” according to Cavill, who still sees plenty in store for Superman.
“There’s an opportunity for growth after that, to explore the psyche of Superman as a deep, seemingly invulnerable god-like being but with real feeling on the inside.”
Cavill shot to fame playing Superman in Zack Snyder’s first DCEU movie, Man of Steel, and went on to reprise his role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. Outside the iconic comic book role, Cavill made the dreams of millions of video game nerds come to life when he portrayed Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher. Let’s also not forget his scene-stealing moment in Mission: Impossible - Fallout opposite Tom Cruise, and his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in Enola Holmes.
By now, Cavill had done it all, but there’s still one mountain he hasn’t climbed: Marvel. Cavill played coy with THR on the rumors that he’d be joining the MCU as Captain Britain, but he didn’t deny that it would be a memorable experience.
“That would be loads of fun to do a cool, modernized version of that—like the way they modernized Captain America. There’s something fun about that, and I do love being British,” said Cavill.
We wouldn’t be surprised if we see Cavill in spandex again—whether as Superman or Captain Britain.