Henry Cavill Talks About DCEU Movie Mistakes

In an interview with The Rake magazine, Henry Cavill talks in detail about his work in the DC Extended Universe of movies, “Mission Impossible 6” and his charity work.

In talking about the DC movies, Henry admits that the original vision for these films may have been misguided.

“Even if Marvel didn’t exist, we’d struggle,” he says. “There was a style they [DC] were going for, an attempt to be different and look at things from a slightly different perspective, which hasn’t necessarily worked. Yes, it has made money but it has not been a critical success; it hasn’t given everyone that sensation which superheroes should give the viewer.”

“I think it is a wonderful time for the female hero. It is the perfect setting in social politics right now, we need it, we want that perspective, and Wonder Woman has struck at the ideal time and has become a phenomenal success, which is fantastic. Any success within the superhero universe, especially within the DC Universe, is wonderful, because I want to keep telling the Superman story; selfishly, that works for me.”

“I feel like now the right mistakes have been made and they haven’t been pandered [to], and we can start telling the stories in the way they need to be told. It is even better to come back from a mistake or stylistic error into the correct vein because it will make it seem that much stronger. Wonder Woman was the first step in the right direction.”

Read the full interview in issue #54 of The Rake, on newsstands now.

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October 31, 2017 5:15 pm

And through it all, the man still did what he did best and gave us entertaining super hero cinema. Keep it up, Henry.

October 31, 2017 5:29 pm

man, he’s so great. well spoken, dapper, honest. i wish i was him, lol.

October 31, 2017 5:30 pm

I’ve seen some people angry about this, not sure why. He’s giving his opinion and he’s not wrong. He’s not even saying anyone is wrong for liking them, just that they didn’t fire on all cylinders, which they didn’t. Still I’ve seen some “true fans” on social media ready to put his head on a pike. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Also, Danny Elfman did an interview with some Spanish outlet saying the only Hans Zimmer theme he used was Wonder Woman’s. That Batman has only had one theme, “My Theme.” He “maybe used Williams” theme, which we already know. So none of the… Read more »

October 31, 2017 10:13 pm

To the extent that any actor playing Superman has to accept a certain amount of being a custodian of a part, Henry has always handled it with a lot of class and a good attitude. I think this is big part of why a lot of fans feel like he himself has never been the problem with any of these films.

I think there’s an awesome Superman in that guy and I want to see a movie that brings it out.

November 1, 2017 12:24 am

He’s a fine Superman. It’s a shame DCWB don’t seem to know how to utilise him properly. He was way too one-dimensional in BvS. His whole existence just seemed to revolve around Lois … and then he died. Hmmmm. Pretty lame.

November 1, 2017 4:41 am

He stuck to his guns with class and style and still did the best he could with what he was given. Such a fine gentleman. Just like Mr. Mattcomics mentioned, actors in such caliber who portray Superman deserve to be a custodian to the character. I can’t imagine people hating his portrayal though, for he is such a cool and easy going guy when he’s in interviews and outside the film business. It’s impossible to hate such a man. I wish him nothing but a lot of success.

November 1, 2017 8:50 am

I hope this guy stays in Superman’s costume until he is too old for it. And when he is too old he can still be Supes in a Kingdom Come movie or series.

Steve Eden
November 1, 2017 1:39 pm
Reply to  kal-bert

I would SO love to see “Kingdom Come” in live action format. I’d even like to see it in one of the DC Animation movies. A live-action movie would be fantastic but would be pretty pricey for the studio that produces it. Same for a TV mini-series format. But it would allow the adaption to include more of the goings on from the original novel.

November 1, 2017 12:05 pm

I don’t know (or care) if I’m in the minority, but a big problem to date has been casting. I’m not trying to troll, but I am going to be blunt; Henry Cavill is not a very good Superman, he doesn’t have the requisite charisma or chemistry with his costars.
Good actors can, and do, rise above poor writing. Say what you will about the latter George Reeves episodes or third and fourth Christopher Reeve films, but at least the respective actors were good in them.

November 1, 2017 12:29 pm
Reply to  afriend

But here’s the thing. If the scripts he’s getting only call for him to alternate between brooding and yelling then how much room does he really have? Especially when his fellow actors are more less being called upon to do the same? Hell he doesn’t even get a shot at having banter with Lois because her job is to look sad to!

November 1, 2017 1:38 pm
Reply to  afriend

You may not like the Superman he’s playing because of how he’s being directed to play him. We all know this is Zack’s style. As for CR’s 3 and 4, you have to ignore an awful lot to really appreciate both of them. And their certainly are things in MoS and BvS that follow the same pattern of having to look the other way. Once again giving all this credit to Wonder Women IMO has been over rated. Yes, it was good but it was so straight forward and done in such a way that had they basically jumped from… Read more »

November 1, 2017 6:20 pm
Reply to  redcape

I’m not saying that Superman III and IV were objectively good films (they’re not, guilty pleasures not withstanding), but as an actor, Reeve was good in them. Even though the script (and likely direction) for III called for a broad and over the top performance. And IV he could have phoned in entirely (or walked when Canon reneged on the budget), but instead did the best he could. I don’t mean to simply write a hagiography of Reeve, merely to provide a good contrast against what I see as Cavill’s weakness. Let me use another Superman example: in my opinion,… Read more »

November 1, 2017 2:14 pm
Reply to  afriend

I think Henry could make a fine Superman. He just hasn’t been cast to be one.

November 2, 2017 6:10 pm
Reply to  afriend

I think Cavill had potential to be better, but not by a whole lot. There have been a few instances where I think he was downright bad, and that goes back to acting ability. I do think he has more charisma then he’s shown, though. Still, I agree there’s very little chemistry between he, and his costars. Particularly with Amy Adams, who I think was totally miscast in the first place. I just don’t buy into their relationship at all. Part of that certainly has to do with that relationship being rushed to begin with, but Cavill, and Adams definitely… Read more »

November 4, 2017 2:54 pm
Reply to  cpm72586

I would also like to see a new actor play Superman, however I will give justice League a chance. I am a fair person, and maybe they will fix any problems with Cavill’s version of superman.

November 4, 2017 3:04 pm
Reply to  afriend

You can count me in that minority too afriend. Again, I will say that I will wait to see if they can fix this version. As for Reeve’s and the other actors who have played Superman, I wouldn’t call their versions “cheesy”. I call it classy, because their versions had a lot of class.

Steve Eden
November 1, 2017 1:30 pm

Great comment from Henry, but Steve, the movie you mentioned is not “MissiNG Impossible6”, but “MissiON Impossible6”.

November 1, 2017 2:16 pm
Reply to  Steve Eden

November 1, 2017 2:19 pm
Reply to  Steve Eden

Grammar Nazis…

November 1, 2017 10:37 pm
Reply to  Hollywood

Hey, I laughed.

November 1, 2017 10:36 pm

I was pleasantly surprised with this interview. For a while it seemed like they were phasing the guy (and his character) out. That may still happen, but it’s good to see him outspoken about the DCEU, with his usual class and diplomacy.

November 2, 2017 1:21 pm

Let’s just all hope that the JL won’t be the last time we see Superman for a lengthy period.

November 4, 2017 4:06 pm

Well, Henry is at least admitting that there were problems with the films