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“Really wanted to make sure we saw the true symbol of hope”: Henry Cavill Dissatisfied With SnyderVerse Superman Arc, Claimed He Wanted a More “Incredible, wise version”

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Henry Cavill’s Superman era was supreme in its entirety. The introduction of Zack Snyder’s DC Extended Universe which boasts of an incredible launch began with Man of Steel, a film that still resonates with the world of CBM franchise devotees as one of the greatest cinematic masterpieces ever made. However, the amount of sweat and hard work that went into making it the success that it was is paramount and Henry Cavill can attest to that.

Man of Steel poster
Man of Steel (2013)

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Henry Cavill Relates His Experience as Snyder’s Superman

Zack Snyder is a genius and a visionary and the one hurdle that almost all great minds cannot step across is compromise. In the director’s case, the compromise would affect his creative license and artistic vision. Man of Steel was an analysis of the depths of Superman’s psyche and his journey into becoming a god and savior from a boy scout who tried to stay obedient to his Earthly father’s last wish. The first film thus defined for the actor and the director a road map of everything that Superman is supposed to encapsulate.

Henry Cavill as Superman
Henry Cavill as Superman

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For Henry Cavill, the SnyderVerse Superman was one who would defy his tragically suppressed life and learn from his experiences to become a more mature and wiser version of Superman than was initially shown.

“The beautiful bit is that, even though he has restrained himself, and lived this life of loneliness, essentially, he’s still willing to step out of the shadows and become the hero, despite the fact that it’s gonna have a negative impact on his life. And that, I think, is the aspect of that symbol of hope, he’s representing everything that is good about mankind, despite the fact that mankind may not be good to him.”

Zack Snyder on the set with Henry Cavill
Zack Snyder on the set of Batman v Superman with Henry Cavill

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The Dissatisfaction of Henry Cavill With His Superman Arc

The problem for Henry Cavill is that the deconstruction of the Superman that he had envisioned and the hero that Snyder attempted to portray clash at one major juncture — the latter moved too fast with the story. According to Cavill, there was a lot that he was “keen to flesh out” in his character’s development arc before going down the road of “bad Superman” and his eventual submission under Darkseid’s Anti0Life Equation.

“[Man of Steel] was set up so wonderfully, to begin that journey, because he had had his first outing against the last surviving member of his species, and had to kill him. And that is going to inform a lot of who he becomes. The terrible destruction of Metropolis where he is fighting someone who has the same powers as him, but actually has training, and he barely makes it out of the [fight] alive. So, what lessons has he learned? 

He definitely isn’t gonna kill anymore, and he’s definitely going to make sure that population centers are completely removed from the equation, cuz now he’s experienced it, now he’s thinking about it. And so we get those steps towards building that — that incredible, wise version of Superman, rather than the still wet behind the ears kind.”

Henry Cavill
Henry Cavill talks about the missed potential with SnyderVerse’s Superman

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However, as we know, the events of Man of Steel directly leads to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2015), and the intermediate moment of character development that the actor was keen to explore was missing. Cavill’s dissatisfaction stems from the timeline of SnyderVerse and that becomes one of the primary reasons why he was so very interested in working on Man of Steel 2.

Source: GQ

Written by Diya Majumdar

At 25, Diya Majumdar is inching closer to getting to the bottom of every film and television's history in existence. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, DU, her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema, with almost 500 published articles on Fandomwire. She is a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh and boasts of being an avid painter of all their troubled works. If she’s not writing or painting, Diya can often be found in tattoo parlors across Delhi or on rooftops at 3 am listening to music.