‘Batman V Superman’ Is Not A ‘Man Of Steel’ Sequel, Henry Cavill Says

Henry Cavill says Batman v Superman is not really a Man of Steel sequel. But it certainly sets the stage for future DC Entertainment superhero films.

The British actor, who is in Las Vegas attending CinemaCon where he is promoting his new film, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. — set to open in the U.S. on August 14 — talked about this very topic. Up until now, we have all been referring to Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman as a sequel and at some point, the film was called Man of Steel 2, but scratch that according to Cavill.

The 31-year-old’s comments left many agreeing, because Man of Steel is clearly the beginning of DC Entertainment’s efforts to compete with Marvel and bring all the biggest superhero stories to life. Along with Warner Bros., they have announced a line-up of nine films between 2016 and 2020.

For fans of Man of Steel and Henry Cavill in particular, it has been somewhat disheartening to see the limelight taken away from the handsome Brit. First, Snyder decided to include Batman in Batman v Superman, then Warner Bros. decided to cast Ben Affleck in the role of the dark knight, which came with massive controversy, and to top it all, other DC characters will be introduced to pave the way for the much-talked-about Justice League.

Henry Cavill as Man of Steel
Henry Cavill as Man of Steel (Image via Warner Bros.)

It’s exciting in the big scheme of things, but Cavill’s comments are truly echoing what fans have been wondering ever since the movie started taking shape. While in Vegas, the actor has been asked at every turn to talk about Batman v Superman, which he does reluctantly so as to not “get in trouble.” However, he did clarify this particular issue in an interview with MTV.

“I’ve only seen a little bit of ADR stuff, but that’s it, and that wasn’t even in color. I’m hoping to see it (the whole movie) some time this year, for a friends and family screening or something. But I really know nothing about what the finished product looks like.”

“…I wouldn’t call this a Superman sequel. This is Batman versus Superman, so it’s a separate entity altogether. It’s introducing the Batman character, and expanding upon this universe, which was kicked off by Man of Steel. It’s an introduction to the (Batman) character, and ultimately an introduction to Justice League.”

Henry Cavill also told Collider he enjoyed working with Ben Affleck in Batman v Superman, but he refuses to answer any more detailed questions. However, his comments confirm what fans have been suspecting, Superman’s story is not the focus of the film, and that’s just the way it is.

[Image via Zack Snyder]