Henry Cavill calls Superman role a public responsibility
Henry Cavill has been making the rounds hyping up his future as Superman. And in a recent interview, he talks about how playing Superman is more than just putting on a costume and being the character in live-action.
He says that it’s the responsibility of the person that puts on the costume to go beyond the movies and TV and to embody the character in real life. Believe it or not, this got him some backlash.
So Henry Cavill, much like many other actors in the past who have played Superman, truly does understand what it means to be Superman. And you get the sense of that from interviews. Actors like Brendan Ralph.
Actors that played the character not even Superman himself but Clark Kent, for example. Tom welling, for example. Or even the most recent Superman on the CW from Superman and Lois.
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All of them talk about how when you’re playing Superman you got this responsibility of making sure that when kids look up to you when they see what you’re saying when they see you in the spotlight you truly personify what it means to be Superman what it means to be optimistic.
The hope behind it that you must embody Superman in real life because you carry the weight and legacy of one of the greatest comic book characters of all time. And he says that he truly believes this.
And every time he’s on camera or off camera, he looks within himself and realizes how much being Superman has truly taught him
in regards to how far he’s come, his career, and how much when he looks online and how the fans react is important to him to deliver an accurate Superman for all generations.
And I really appreciate that he’s saying this, because, again, it’s true. When you play a character like Superman, you have a certain amount of power that you carry with you.
We’ve seen certain actors before that way Superman state things, and suddenly the entire community goes, nope, we’re not acknowledging you as Superman anymore. Look at Dean Kane, for example. It’s been a nightmare.
And essentially what he’s saying is, Superman is like a wrestling gimmick from back in the day. When you play that character, you must be that character all the time, no exceptions, because people will look at you like you are that character.
Kids will look up to you. Kids don’t understand there’s a difference between Superman and the actor. And I truly respect that because to me, this is honestly amazing to hear. Henry Cavill truly does seem to understand what it means to be Superman and how much Superman means to a lot of people.
And that’s honestly quite amazing and good to hear because a lot of actors and, well, sometimes even the producers and directors don’t understand this. They don’t understand the character.
But he seems to, and he’s excited to be back and delivered a Superman that fans have been waiting for, for quite a long time.