Henry Cavill on Playing Superman, Reading Comics, and Working with Amy Adams in Zack Snyder's Superman Reboot
04.06.11 by BJSprecher
American audiences who may be unfamiliar with Henry Cavill, the British actor recently chosen to be the new Man of Steel in director Zack Snyder's Superman reboot, will first get a chance to see Cavill as a "man of bronze" in Indian director Tarsem Singh's (The Cell) new swords-and-sandals fantasy epic, Immortals, when it opens in November. Cavill
made an appearance
at the recent WonderCon comic book and popular arts convention in San Francisco in support of Immortals, in which he plays the lead role of Theseus, and, while he demurred from discussing Superman: The Man of Steel (working title) with most reporters, MTV managed to get him to open up about his approach to the character and how he feels about Amy Adams being chosen to play Lois Lane.
Cavill revealed that he has read the script written by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) from a story idea conceived by Goyer and producer Christopher Nolan, and said that it is "true to the source material." He wouldn't go into details about the plot, but he did say that it is "basically a reimagining and modernization" of the iconic character. As far as how he plans on approaching playing Superman, Cavill said that it's too early to tell.
That's tough to say. It's very early days yet. Superman is Superman, after all. There's only so much of a change you can make to that. It's certainly, as I say, going to be different, but not so different that it's unrecognizable.
In the same interview session with MTV, Cavill said that playing Superman is "a really good role" and that he thinks it's going to be "a good movie." He said that he has been doing "plenty of comic book research" for the movie, which should please die-hard comic book fans.
I'm just picking out as much as I possibly can from the comic book history. Because, obviously, it's plastered across there as to who this man is. And, whatever part of [his] life you're playing, whatever part of his ultimate journey you're playing, you just need to put in either the building aspects—the building blocks to how he ends up—or those key characteristics which are carried through. And so, it's just picking up a general idea of what he is and working from there.
Cavill went on to say that he has met Adams and said that she is "very talented" and a "fantastic actress" and that he is "looking forward to working with her." As for the mini-controvery surrounding the age difference between the two—Adams is 37 and Cavill is just 28—Cavill said that he doesn't "think it matters at all" and that it's "a question for the director" to answer.
Superman: The Man of Steel is being produced by Snyder, Nolan, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. It is expected to go into production "at the end of the summer" and be released in December 2012.