Henry Cavill Talks About His Take on Clark Kent and How It Differs from Christopher Reeve’s

by Antonio Jose Chavez
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The French magazine Studio Cine Live featured this last week an exclusive interview with Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill.

The December 17, 2015 issue of the French magazine included an interview with the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star, going deep into his take on Superman and how his portrayal differs from the that of the late Christopher Reeve.

Henry Cavill as Superman on the latest BvS poster

About what can we expect from Superman himself, Cavill stated:

Superman himself isn’t that different. He does however have to deal with a new set of problems because he’s now been revealed to the world. This film is more about how the world in general – and Batman in particular – sees this alien, and less about the evolution of Superman.

Why Batman clashes with the Man of Steel? Henry Cavill explained:

We’re seeing Superman and Batman together for the first time in a movie, with flesh-and-blood actors. They’re two sides of the same coin. They have the same goal, but use very different methods to achieve it. Understandably, that leads them to clash with one another, and their conflict is a historic moment.

The one million dollar question: why people do not see Clark Kent and Superman are the same person? Cavill may just have the answer. As well, with every Superman portrayal, comparisons are always made with the pivotal live-action portrayal made by the amazing Christopher Reeve on the Superman quadrilogy. Cavill is more than aware of this and states a couple of good points.

Comparisons with Christopher Reeve’s clumsy Clark Kent are inevitable. My Clark Kent is trying to be as small and invisible as possible. If you’re awkward and spilling things constantly, people are going to notice you, and that’s not the best way to go unseen. You have to admit, it’s not a remarkable disguise, just a pair of glasses. He’d like to think that no one will believe he could be Superman. How could such a delicate flower be a living god? Preposterous.

Still, I think Superman’s disguise as Clark Kent would not be as useful in our social-media contaminated world.

At last, Cavill reveals a big update on his Superman suit, one that has have some fans itching since day one.

It’s easier to take it off when I have to relieve myself! Suddenly my life is much less complicated.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 25, 2016.

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