With Man Of Steel gaining traction in its excitement to the long-awaited June 14 release date, leading man Henry Cavill has been pushed into the spotlight as he starts doing press for the film that sees him in the title role of Superman.
From the initial trailer he sure looks the part of Superman, but what’s more important is that he also looks the part of Clark Kent, which is something 2006’s Brandon Routh failed to pull off in the universally panned Superman Returns.
That said, can a series really be pegged on the lead actor? Sure, there’s a lot of responsibility on an actor’s shoulder to carry a franchise, but a lot of it is also attributed to the director that shapes the film. Just ask Ben Affleck who portrayed Daredevil back in 2003 to horrible reviews due to Mark Steven Johnson’s indecisive direction.
For Man Of Steel a lot is expected from director Zack Snyder, who is known for harvesting a decent career in the action genre. Before taking on Man of Steel, Snyder impressively directed 300, Sucker Punch, and Dawn of the Dead. We’ll conveniently leave out Watchmen, which was seen as a disaster to some film critics.
That said, it’s no surprise to hear leading man Henry Cavill handed all the credit over to Snyder. Cavill recently spoke out about Snyder’s role and Christopher Nolan’s involvement during production of the big budget film. As some of you may know, Nolan signed on to produce the film.
About the working relationship between Nolan and director Snyder, Cavill said Nolan, “wasn’t there during production itself, although I’m not sure how much work was done behind the scenes. I’m sure Zack had a phone call or two with him, but this is definitely Zack’s baby. He was the man in charge, and we created the character together, as opposed to having too many outside influences.”
Here’s hoping Man of Steel is a success or else we’ll know exactly who to blame on this one.