Batman V Superman: Henry Cavill Addresses Man Of Steel Criticisms


It’s been echoed by critics since day one of its release: Man of Steel (2013) had way too much destruction and collateral damage.  That’s the number one problem among critics and some audiences with Superman’s reintroduction in the film that kicked off the DC Extended Universe, which will continue with the upcoming highly anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Cineplex recently spoke with actor Henry Cavill, who plays DC’s most famous character, and got his thoughts on the whole matter.

"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.  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."

It seems that Cavill is really taking this in stride.  He also adds that there are more layers to the Big Blue Boy Scout than meets the eye.

"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."

I, for one, didn’t have that big of a problem with the Superman/Zod throwdown, or the fact that Superman had to snap the zealous general’s neck.  People tend to forget that the Donner/Reeve Superman II (1980) had Superman tossing a depowered General Zod across the Fortress of Solitude and into a chasm to his death, with the added sting of Superman grinning at Zod during the whole ordeal.

My biggest complaint about Man of Steel had to do with the wonky screenplay structure and various areas that could’ve been tightened up.  And it seems Warner Bros. / DC has addressed those issues directly with the hiring of Oscar-winning screenwriting Chris Terrio as the scribe for the upcoming film and future Justice League films.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Official Synopsis: 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.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has a United States release date of March 25, 2016.  It will be directed by Zack Snyder, written by Chris Terrio from a story by David Goyer and Zack Snyder, and will star Henry Cavill as Clark Kent / Superman, Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne / Batman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Tao Okamoto as Mercy Graves, Holly Hunter as Senator Finch, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone / Cyborg, and Callan Mulvey, Scoot McNairy, and Jena Malone in unspecified roles.