It’s Henry Cavill v Ben Affleck come March 25, 2016. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, one of the most highly anticipated films of the year, is right around the corner. One of the film’s stars, Henry Cavill, talked Superman with Entertainment Weekly. Cavill went into detail about how Superman/Clark Kent/Kal-El is feeling regretful in the film, his weaknesses, and Cavill’s own character research reading the comic books.
“For me, when it came on to Superman’s weakness, it’s inside him. It’s the fact that he does really love humans. He loves what they bring to the world, he loves this planet and who he lives alongside, and he wants to really, really help them. We could go deep into the psychology of what that means and what that makes ones intentions on a daily basis when you’re a super-powered alien.”
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, directed by Zack Snyder, is introducing audiences to what will be the DC cinematic universe (what they’re calling the DC Extended Universe) and the eventual Justice League movie, which begins filming on April 11. But before we move on to the future of this superhero universe, Batman v Superman will be touching on Superman’s past — particularly the destruction to Metropolis that he had a hand in with the 2013 film Man of Steel, also directed by Snyder.
“I mean, we’re talking about a greenhorn,” Cavill states, referring to the collateral damage caused by both General Zod (Michael Shannon) and Henry Cavill’s Superman. The actor suggests that the destruction caused upon the city may have been intentionally placed there, to be touched on in a later film, which is what is happening in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Superman is being called to task and is receiving heavy criticism, with many questioning his motives and whether or not he is at all trustworthy.
Henry Cavill goes on to say that if Superman were to be met with the same cataclysmic circumstances he was met with before, his handling of the situation may be different.
“He would, of course, bring collateral damage to an absolute minimum, but in that, he’s just trying to survive because if he doesn’t, the planet’s gone,” Henry suggests. “That’s the excuse I make for Superman.”
Will Batman v Superman do enough to redeem Man of Steel and make detractors of that film more satisfied with the amount of collateral damage this time around? That as of right now is still unknown. However, choosing to not only mention it in this film but make it a big and logical plot point within the film was an incredibly smart decision. If it was planned from the very beginning, it certainly makes perfect sense.
Henry Cavill says during the interview that “it shouldn’t be easy to tell the story of Superman.” Many wished to see the character being the inspiring boy scout that he is known to be and were disappointed at Man of Steel‘s dark and brooding portrayal of the character. However, there are those who would rather see a flawed, conflicted Superman and want him to stay away from the boy scout image — it won’t be possible to please everyone. But there are decades worth of Superman stories in the comics that showcase different sides of the character.
Henry is a fan of Mark Millar’s Red Son, a comic he read prior to reading the script for Man of Steel, which depicts the character growing up in the Ukraine instead of Kansas, fighting for Stalin and socialism. It’s certainly a different take on the character, but Cavill insists that those kind of one-off stories can be adapted at a later time and says instead to focus on the immediate concerns of the character right now.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is sure to be more financially successful than its predecessor, Man of Steel. That filmed earned $116,619,362 on its opening weekend, earning $291,045,518 domestically and $377,000,000 overseas. Worldwide it made $668,045,518, which is below what Warner Bros. was hoping the superhero movie would bring in. With the addition of Batman, it should be no secret that the studio is hoping BvS will make over $1 billion worldwide at the box office. Erik Davis, managing editor for Movies.com and Fandango.com, suggests that the superhero film could smash the March record of $152.5 million, held by the 2012’s The Hunger Games.
Anything below that number could be a disappointment to the studio.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 25.
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