Henry Cavill Says ‘Man of Steel’ Is Not A ‘Dark’ Movie; Mark Millar Approves

written by Annie I.II

Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel

Ever since Man of Steel was announced, following the success of Warner Bros. and DC Comics’ Dark Knight trilogy, the comparisons have been drawn, and expectations established. But not without cause. Director Zack Snyder has called the film “edgy,” and the words ‘realistic’ and ‘grounded’ have been thrown around like so many speeding bullets. But now, Superman (Henry Cavill) himself is putting fears to rest.

Even though Man of Steel will no doubt be serious (or as serious as any modern superhero film), Cavill is explaining that as realistic as the movie may try to be, it’s a far cry from ‘dark.’

Christopher Nolan has maintained that he may be executive producing Man of Steel, but that the film is Zack Snyder’s above anyone else’s. Even David S. Goyer has explained that making Superman as dark a figure as Batman would have been much easier than trying to ground his character in something audiences could relate to.

Who better to ask about the mood, or so-called “serious” approach being taken by Snyder in this version of the ‘Man of Steel’s origin story than the man in the tights – er, Kryptonian armor – himself? Speaking with Empire Magazine (courtesy of CBM) Henry Cavill addressed the rumors that Man of Steel would be anywhere near as ‘dark’ as Nolan’s Batman films, in about as direct a manner as one could imagine:

“It’s not a dark movie by any means. Past representations of the character have been quite light… This is a more realistic view of the character, while still maintaining the very unrealistic, or potentially unrealistic features of an alien with superpowers.”

“There is more action in Man of Steel than any of the Dark Knight Films”

Given Superman’s extraterrestrial origins and superpowers we’d certainly hope that there would be more high-flying action, but Cavill is wise to confirm that Man of Steel is an adventure movie, after all. And more importantly, that previous Superman movies were always a bit “light” – that is, removed from reality by a healthy amount.

That’s the problem that Goyer is trying to solve with his script, approaching Man of Steel not as fantasy, but “as if it were real.” But as Cavill points out, the film will always center around a superhuman. In that sense, it’s likely in the film’s best interest to let the superpowers generate their own spectacle, and focus on humanizing ‘Clark’ when he’s not, you know, exchanging punches with Kryptonian soldiers.

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February 01 Articles

Hollywood Mavericks

written by Luciana XXVII.XI

Rumors of Hollywood’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. However, everything is upside down: The top-heavy old-guard studio dinosaurs bear the whiff of desperation, while the real power is bubbling up from below in the form of an inspired and mobilized creative class that’s more reliant on big ideas than big budgets. No one is who they seem: Writers are becoming directors, directors are becoming moguls, actors are becoming all of the above instead of lying around praying for a spin-off. And nothing is static: Partnerships want to be companies, companies want to be cultural movements, cultural movements want to fundamentally change the way we define entertainment. All this constructive chaos is being fueled by the fevered, risk-taking innovators who see tumult and transition as the time to pounce, to kick up dust rather than wait for it to settle. These bold thinkers have no time for sky-is-falling prognostication and no need for affirmation. They’re too busy working, building the future—because they know they have one.

The Outsourced Superhero
Superman-in-waiting Henry Cavill stands for truth, justice, and the not-actually-American way.

In the age of globalization, the Justice League looks more and more like the League of Nations. Consider: Today, Batman and Spider-Man are British; Thor and Wolverine are Australian; Green Hornet, Arrow, and Lantern are Canadian. The latest, and most conspicuous, to join the ranks of outsourced superheroes is Henry Cavill, the 29-year-old star of next summer’s Zack Snyder–directed Superman opus, Man of Steel—the quintessential American icon, now portrayed by a native of England’s quaint Channel Island of Jersey. Smallville it ain’t.

“I suppose it’s a fluke,” says Cavill, who lives in London. “It’s about who looks right for the character and for the generation it’s being cast for. If you only look at the American market, you’re narrowing down your options an awful lot. The point of acting is to pretend you’re someone else and sell a story. Chris Hemsworth is an Australian man, not a god from Asgaard. It would be even more fluke-y if every person who was playing a superhero was American.” Continue Reading


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Campbell: ‘Henry Cavill could be a future 007’

written by Luciana IX.VII

GoldenEye and Casino Royale director Martin Campbell has said that Henry Cavill could potentially play James Bond in the future.

Man of Steel star Cavill auditioned for the 007 role in 2005, eventually losing out to Daniel Craig. Campbell told The Express that Craig had the edge thanks to his turn as a gangster in Layer Cake.

“Henry did a great screen test for Bond. So did Daniel, although he arrived for his looking really tired after a night flight from America where he was finishing up a movie called The Invasion. None of us making the casting decision were 100% sure. I needed a couple of days to think about it. Over that weekend I saw Daniel’s film Layer Cake and he showed such terrific charm in that that it convinced me he should get the part.

Perhaps Henry Cavill was too young for it then, he was 22 at the time we auditioned for Casino Royale, but maybe he could still be James Bond in the future, after all, Pierce Brosnan did a great screen test only to eventually get the part years later.”

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July 09 Articles

Henry Cavill Visits U.S. Airmen

written by Luciana II.II

British actor Henry Cavill showed his support for the U.S. military by visiting an airbase in California on Tuesday (31Jan12).

Cavill took a break from filming scenes for Man Of Steel to meet more than 100 members of the United States Air Force at the Edwards Air Force Base on the border of Los Angeles County.

The actor, who plays Superman in the upcoming blockbuster, has a personal connection to the military as he has one brother who is a Royal Marine and another who is serving as a tank commander.

Cavill says, “I have such great respect for military members and what they do. It’s important that they know how valuable their service is. It is a pleasure to tell them how much they’re appreciated.”

Staff Sgt. Thomas Roach adds, “It was a really nice gesture on Henry’s part to show how much he supports us and what we do. It was a great morale boost.”

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February 02 Articles

Henry among GQ’s best dressed men

written by Luciana XXXI.I

The east London rapper is praised for having a “true passion for elegance and proportions”.

Dropping out of the top 50 is Prince William, while his brother Harry is 25th – down from fifth last year.

Others in the top five include Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, Doctor Who star Matt Smith and Twilight heart-throb Robert Pattinson.

Also high up in the rankings are a trio of superhero actors – Andrew Garfield (fifth), Henry Cavill (sixth), and Christian Bale (eighth).

The rock scene is represented by Kasabian guitarist Sergio Pizzorno (ninth) and Stone Roses front man Ian Brown (10th).

GQ says the Mancunian singer could wear “a pair of plimsolls as earrings and part of you would wonder if you should too”.

Elsewhere, David Beckham is up to 13, while Gary Barlow and Professor Brian Cox are new entries at 16 and 33.

Irish-German actor Michael Fassbender, star of the recent movie Shame, is named as the most stylish international man.

The full list of fashion highs and lows appears in the magazine’s March issue.


January 31 Articles

Henry Cavill changes his luck

written by Luciana I.XII

“The unluckiest man in Hollywood” now has been tapped for two major starring roles.

Not that long ago the British film magazine Empire called British actor Henry Cavill “the unluckiest man in Hollywood.”

Cavill, a native of the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands near France, was almost Cedric Diggory in the Harry Potter movies, but Robert Pattinson got the nod. He had been cast as the new Superman, only to lose the job to Brandon Routh when the project changed directors. He almost won the Edward Cullen part in “Twilight” (Pattinson, again) and had been in the running to be the new James Bond.

“The funny thing is, that the roles I almost had are the ones that kept me going,” he says. “Because almost getting Bond or the previous Superman were a sign, to me, that I should keep on plugging. And I was right. It’s turning into a great year.”

The fortunes of Cavill, 28, changed with “Immortals,” the new 3-D sword and sorcery spectacle. The actor hitherto known as a supporting player on TV’s “The Tudors” shed his shirt to play Theseus, the mythical warrior/founder of Athens, battling to save humanity when Titans (led by Mickey Rourke) take on Zeus and the Olympians of ancient Greece.

“When Tarsem [Singh, the director] and I first met, I did a screen test and he said, ‘OK, let’s take the shirt off. By the way, you know if you get this part, a six-pack won’t be good enough. You’re going to need an eight-pack.’ I was far from having even a six-pack, then. But I took it as a challenge.”

Cavill could let himself go, physically, for a role in the upcoming Bruce Willis movie “The Cold Light of Day.” Then “Man of Steel,” the next Superman incarnation, beckoned. Director Zack Snyder (“300”) put Cavill into the suit and decided he could work with that.

“Back to the gym,” Cavill said with a sigh.

Cavill is finally at that point where doors open and auditions for roles might be a thing of the past. He doesn’t plan to make every character “larger than life,” pursuing more human-sized roles. But he has a dream part in mind, should anybody bother to ask.

“I’ve always had a soft spot for Alexander the Great,” he says. “It’ll be years before anybody tries that again. But I’ll keep my legs in shape for when they do!”

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