In a new interview with USA Today, Henry Cavill talks about returning to play Superman and what it was like putting the costume back on after so many years.
When you take on a Sherlock or Superman, do you feel their cultural weight and what’s come before, or do you treat them as people you need to get to know?
I like the way you phrased that, as people I need to get to know. That’s the way to do it. If you approach it as anything else, then there’s a certain grandeur attached, which can affect the performance. If you’re going to be as honest and true as possible, then you need to try and look at it through their eyes. Certainly with Superman you feel the effect of the character.
Dwayne Johnson told us about the fight it took to get you back in the Man of Steel’s cape. Did you miss playing him?
Absolutely. Superman is a formative part of my career and my development over the past 11 years. I very much missed giving the audience the Superman which they were calling out for and the Superman which they desired.
Did it feel a little sweeter putting on the suit on this time around?
I wouldn’t necessarily say sweeter, but it was a very powerful moment. Putting the suit on is always powerful, but especially after such a long hiatus and so much unknown, it was an incredibly enjoyable experience to have it back on and have that sense of, OK, it’s time to go again. It’s time to get this right.
Henry returns as Sherlock Holmes in “Enola Holmes 2” which premieres on Netflix on Friday, November 4.