We’ve heard recently that, despite the seeming uncertainty in the DCEU’s overall plans, Henry Cavill doesn’t consider himself done with Superman. Now the actor has elaborated on that, in a chat with Sir Patrick Stewart as part of Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” series. Some highlights of the talk are below.
On the overall Superman character:
“I’ve always been a fan of Superman. With a character like that, you carry the mantle with you off set. And it becomes part of your public representation. When you meet children, children don’t necessarily see me as Henry Cavill, but they might see Superman, and there’s a responsibility which comes with that. Because it’s such a wonderful character, it’s actually a responsibility I’m happy to have, and I hope that I get to play more of Superman in years to come.”
On how playing the Man of Steel affected his career:
“My life has changed dramatically because of it. And it has given me plenty of opportunity for roles, and yeah, it’s been one of those characters which changed the entire course of my career. I’m incredibly grateful for it, and it’s also taught me a lot about myself.”
On finding the core of Superman in himself:
“He’s so good, he’s so kind, and when you start to compare yourself to him, because you’re playing him, you start to really look inwards. You say, ‘Am I a good person? Can I be a good enough person to play Superman?’ And if you ever hear a whisper in there which is like, ‘Hmm, hold on a second. Maybe not,” then you adjust it, and you make sure you are a better person. I think that’s all we can do in life.”
Aside from the upcoming Snyder Cut of Justice League, it’s unclear when or if we’ll see Cavill’s Superman on screen again. Stay tuned.