Henry Cavill talks Dawn of Justice and Man of Steel criticism
When Man of Steel was released, the divide was clear. Many were enthusiastic about the film, others were eager to point out flaws. Even critically the film was divided, sitting at 56% on Rotten Tomatoes. Some of the Man of Steel criticism leveled at the film even influenced the way Marvel Studios made last year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, which spent quite a bit of time showing the heroes actively saving civilians on screen, though the destruction levels remained off the charts.
Now comes Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the follow-up to the 2013 film and the real kick start of the DCEU on film. It became clear in the second trailer for the film that the destruction of Metropolis would be a focal point of the sequel, but speaking with Cineplex, Henry Cavill claims that “Dawn of Justice” doesn’t intentionally address the Man of Steel criticism.
“The reception of my first Superman movie, from what I’ve read, was fairly mixed,” Cavill says. “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. 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.”
Cavill went on to reveal that he thinks people may look down on characters like Superman, but assures fans he gets a lot to do in Batman v Superman.
“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. 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.”
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
Directed by Zack Snyder and written by Chris Terrio from a screenplay by David S. Goyer, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman and Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from Man of Steel, joined by Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film. Jason Momoa will also be making an appearance as Aquaman.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to open worldwide on March 25, 2016.