Superman returns to the big screen next year, with an all new actor playing the role of the last son of Krypton. It’s a role made famous by Christopher Reeve and er, uhm, Dean Cain and Brandon Routh we guess, meaning that Cavill has some big boots to step into.
Here’s what he had to say about his upcoming work as the titular man of steel.
Speaking to Cineplex magazine, Cavill explained that his character would be more realistic, and more relevant, in order to help people accept him more easily;
What I can say is that it’s a modernization of the character and a very realistic view of one, obviously, very fantastic individual.
It’s an unreal situation, but it’s approached from a very practical viewpoint. We wanted to make the character easier to identify with.
Relevance is one thing, but with a character like Superman who has been around for decades, it’s also important that he stay true to his core values, something that Cavill explained was very important;
Very much so, yes. It’s important to do the role justice. There are a lot of people relying on me to do this well. I gladly accept that responsibility, and it’s a great one to have because it’s a wonderful opportunity.
I don’t let the pressures get to me because that’s going to hinder my performance and, therefore, let people down. So I choose to ignore the pressure side of it and focus on doing justice to Superman.
It’ll be interesting to see how Zack Snyder handles this icon. His last superhero film, Watchmen, managed to combine both style and substance, and hopefully with Christopher Nolan on board as a producer, we’ll get a film that pleases both sides of audiences, one that wants to see the legendary hero explored further, and the other side that wants to see him use a skyscraper as a baseball bat in an epic fight.
Man of Steel is out next year June, and also stars Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne and Russell Crowe.
Last Updated: September 4, 2012