Mark Millar Praises Henry Cavill's SUPERMAN

The comic book writer and proprietor of Millarworld has strong praise for Henry Cavill's Superman visage. He also revisits a few previous iterations of the character and echoes the same sentiments that the majority of fans voice when it comes to the past television and cinematic depictions of Superman.

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By Mark Julian - 1/29/2013


As one of the more successful writers of Superman in modern times ( Superman: Red Son), you have to give some credence to Millar's words when it comes to the 'Man of Steel'. You can read his thoughts below on Cavill and the recent history of the Last Son of Krypton.

It's hard to put a finger on it, but sometimes it just feels right. Curt Swan and Alex Ross have captured Superman better than any other artist. Cary Bates, Elliot Maggin, Mark Waid, Gerry Conway and Alan Moore have nailed it more than any other writer. There have been some brilliant creators on Superman over the years telling wonderful stories, but my radar is attuned and I can spot an impersonation. Jose Luis Garcia Lopez draws a guy I believe is Superman just like Alex Ross can. But others can't regardless of how brilliant they may be. It's just an X-factor or an understanding of the character.

Anyway, it's the same with casting. So many people been pored over all the years and so many of them close, but wrong. Brandon Routh is actually brilliant and you only have to see Scott Pilgrim to see how impeccable his timing is. But he looked more like Christopher Reeve than Superman. Dean Cain, Tom Welling and all the others were completely wrong for the part and the big names mooted were never right either. But I completely buy Cavill in this role. That instinctive gut feeling that I'm looking at a pic of Superman.

I don't even mind the costume. Losing the trunks was pointless, throws the balance of the design off and looks truly, truly HORRIBLE in the comics. But the muted colours work really well, those dark blues and reds really making the pics look very rich and regal. I love how this is looking. Cavill was a great choice, but then Snyder has a great eye. Cracking team behind this so I have high hopes.


Millar is currently busy consulting for Fox on their superhero properties. I think it bodes well for them that he's watching the moves of the other 'superhero studios' (Marvel, WB) so closely and really has a firm grasp on the superhero situation as evidenced by the comments above.

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Running Time: Unknown
Release Date: 14 June 2013 (USA)
MPAA Rating: Unknown
Starring: Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner,Russell Crowe, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Christopher Meloni, Richard Schiff, Harry Lennix
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Written by: Christopher Nolan (story), David S. Goyer screenplay)

Man of Steel follows the Last Son of Krypton on his epic journey to become mankind's shinning beacon of hope for a brighter future. With the beliefs and values instilled by his adoptive parents Jonathan (Kevin Costner) and Martha (Diane Lane) Kent, a young Clark (Henry Cavill) sets out to find his place in the world. But when the nefarious General Zodd (Michael Shannon) arrives on Earth, Clark will have to choose between being a normal human or Kal-el,son of Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and humanity's greatest protector and champion. Filmed in IMAX and shot in Vancouver, Chicago and Plano, Illinois, Man of Steel will be released on June 14, 2013 by Warner Bros. Directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) with a screenplay by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) the Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception) produced feature film will surely be the summer blockbuster of 2013.

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Happy11 - 1/29/2013, 5:13 AM
I agree when I see cavill I see superman not cavill play superman. I said the same about hemsworth with Thor.
ElShumway - 1/29/2013, 5:13 AM
MrEko - 1/29/2013, 5:30 AM
Whoop, whoop. Keep MOS news coming, can't get enough. ;)

SN: This is the first time we are gonna see Ma Kent and Superman together. Always wondered why the previous movies never showed his parents interacting with him as superman. Seriously, what the hell happened to Ma Kent in Superman I - IV, chick straight up disappeared.

docgl - 1/29/2013, 5:37 AM
Geoff Johns made similar coments about Ryan Reynolds and Green Lantern. I will believe it when I see it. When people like Millar say these things I think "ok they have a stinker on their hands and they have to sell it to the public".








y've got astinker and they need to convince the
subzero1077 - 1/29/2013, 5:41 AM
I agree with him about Dean Cain, but he's completely wrong about Tom Welling. He didn't play "Superman" he played a younger Clark Kent and at that he was awesome. I couldn't imagine anyone else doing it better. I think people seem to confuse bad acting with the shows bad writing.
ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 1/29/2013, 5:42 AM
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ummmm....geoff johns is a [frick]ing "Yes" man. millar calls out shit as it is and he works for fox now, sp why the [frick] would he care if people see WB's man of steel. you conspiracists need to loosen those tin foil hats.
INFO - 1/29/2013, 5:45 AM
I got the same feeling like wow now thats Superman and had the same feeling when i seen Bale i was like thats Batman and always will be hopefully Cavill can have good acting like Bale did when he waS Batman.
Super12 - 1/29/2013, 5:46 AM
I'm glad he said that about Routh. I've always felt bad for him taking on this massive role and then having the fans for the most part reject it cause of its direction. Brandon Routh is a great actor and I hope the best for him. Now Dean Cain I thought was a terrific Clark Kent, and his Superman was not bad but he was far from terrible.
SugarYumYum - 1/29/2013, 5:50 AM
Hmmm, pretty much agree with everything he said.

Mostly excited for this since there hasn't been a proper Superman film done in my lifetime. And fortunately for me, this looks like THE Superman of my generation.
FightAs0ne - 1/29/2013, 5:50 AM
Good to hear. Should be some awesome ass fights in the movie. I can't wait to see Kal El take flight again.

n1ghtw1ng2832 - 1/29/2013, 5:52 AM
CAVILLS AWESOME. Hes wrong about Tom Welling though. He wouldve been good if they had known what the hell they were doing.
FightAs0ne - 1/29/2013, 5:54 AM
Sorry Millar he lost those undies :P
RGINLA - 1/29/2013, 5:57 AM
Mark Millar has made some fine comments, and after being a life long Superman fan, I think Lopez' and Jim Lee's Superman may be the best... they just look like they'd take no sh*t. (Along with Ross') Turner's just looked like a mail model.

HOWEVER, I do wish Brandon Routh had another go round as the MOS because of his look and size. Brian Singer may have ruined Routh's career with his homage to the Donner films.

Cain did a REALLY GOOD modern day Clark but was to small to be Superman, and Welling was just never into it and was just collecting a paycheck... IMHO.
GreenHalJordan - 1/29/2013, 6:00 AM
LEVI, I agree man!
Man Of Steel WILL BE THE BEST SUPERHERO MOVIE YET!
GreenHalJordan - 1/29/2013, 6:01 AM
@tea, that was awesome! made my day right there!
FightAs0ne - 1/29/2013, 6:01 AM
Lol @Tea someone out there enjoyed that movie
titansupes - 1/29/2013, 6:27 AM
@MrEko - Well...Ma Kent is dead in Superman III and IV, so that's probably a contributing factor right there.

But yes, it will be nice to him interact with her in costume.
StrangerX - 1/29/2013, 6:31 AM
He mentions Waid & Moore, but not Morrison WTF
StrangerX - 1/29/2013, 6:35 AM
also losing the trunk wasn't pointless

The trunks were pointless
shadearts - 1/29/2013, 6:36 AM
Cain was wrong for superman he was too short and soft that was ok for clark but not for SupermanTeri Hatcher lois was almost his same hight you could tell he was uncomfortable in the suit cause he always folded his arms Lois stole the show anytime she was onscreen because Cain couldn't act and of all the Superman onscreen he got his a$$ beat every episode
R888 - 1/29/2013, 6:42 AM
This is awesome news :D 6 months to go
ATrueHero1987 - 1/29/2013, 6:58 AM
@Nomis You didn't like Civil War or Wolverine: Enemy Of The State?
Though I will admit, I don't care for The Ultimates

DVonShakari - 1/29/2013, 7:05 AM
It was stated somewhere in Superman III that his Ma passed away....
I can't wait for this movie. Henry has a level of maturity that makes him excellent for this role. That, and his desire to make the best possible Superman representation ever....he is the Man of Steel
OtakuPapi - 1/29/2013, 7:10 AM
Welling was great but his portrayal of Supes was limited to television. He would make a great Kon-El if the movie franchise makes it that far. But as far as losing the trunks being pointless. The hell you say! Trunks and underwear outside of tights wtf is this the 80's or Ballet. In 2013 we demand more from a characters design. I have faith in this movie it looks to be the best Supes movie of all time, which isn't very hard. But it looks to be superb story telling as well
Cth - 1/29/2013, 7:16 AM
@Nomis

It's because he's one of the few writers to do a decent Superman story and he's currently head of Fox's superhero universe. So when he talks, a lot of people, especially Hollywood types listen.
breakUbatman - 1/29/2013, 7:24 AM
@ Happy11

I'll confess that when I first saw Hemsworth in Star Trek I saw Captain America.

Millar is right about Routh though. Bryan Singer killed Cyclops and Superman with one blow.
ahhmynuts - 1/29/2013, 7:38 AM
there some sort of intimidation factor with cavill that no other superman had. and if you think about it, if you met a man that could crush you with his finger and was capable of taking over the world youd be a little scared. of course thats if you didnt know how good he can be.
CavEl - 1/29/2013, 7:46 AM
Mark Millar is a tool...

But I agree wit everything he just said. Alan Moore and Mark Waid are the two writers I've always considered the best Superman writers I've ever read, John Byrne and Geoff Johns also write great stories for the character.

Curt Swain, Alex Ross, Jim Lee and Leinil Yu draw some fantastic Supermen.

I also agree with him, the New 52's design is fantastic...but that awful powdered blue and the lines make the suit too...out there for me love it. I just like it, but I still prefer it over the old suit. They need to navy the suit up like Jim Lee usually does.

This is how the suit is supposed to look in the new 52...



This how artist usually draw it...



And I've never been a fan of those powdered blues.

And while I did want Welling to be Superman as a child, his disregard for the character made me change my tune. Routh,sad for him, only played Reeve, and while he did a good job at it, I never saw Superman. Even when he was playing Superman...I just saw Reeve. With Cain...I saw a Mexican mobster...

But Henry...I just saw Superman!!!

Countdown to epicness, my friends!!! 135 days and counting!!!
CavEl - 1/29/2013, 7:48 AM
Lee posted this picture of Henry Cavill as Superman and I was sold...





From then on, I knew Henry had to be Superman. All credit goes to Lee on that one.
Ranger14 - 1/29/2013, 7:57 AM
He lost me at "Brandon Routh is actually brilliant"

Apparently, he hasn't seen any other films or shows he has been in and I didn't see how he was brilliant in Scott Pilgrim. It was probably his best screen performance, but it was comedy and that isn't saying much.
GodzillaKart - 1/29/2013, 7:57 AM
He's absolutely right. Cavill is perfect for the role. Already one huge improvement from Nolan's overrated Bat-films. If they finally cast Batman right, we will be well on our way to a great JL movie.
SUPERSHADOWBAT - 1/29/2013, 8:00 AM
I have to agree with Millar on the point, that when I look at Cavill in the uniform I see Superman not an actor. I agree on his artistic choices also. Not all artists can capture the essence and feel of Superman.
Nomis1800 - 1/29/2013, 8:05 AM
Henry Cavill IS Superman.
Ancar - 1/29/2013, 8:05 AM
JOHN BYRNE captured and nailed Superman better than any other artist/writer, period!!!
shadearts - 1/29/2013, 8:14 AM
@teabag lol. I do disagree about Cain been the best superman we have seen though
xXkryptoniteXx - 1/29/2013, 8:17 AM
That is his personal opinion but I agree, routh was too much of Chris reeve but the script had him act like it. His custome was great from the details from the boots, the color was right, the S symbol denting out but it was too small. Brandon routh was great for superman to bad he was the shadow of Chris Reeve's script. Tom welling was good from the first season as a teenae clark but when he said he didn't like the custome, he was just the wrong man for the part. It also showed he was the teenage Clark and not superman. Dean Caine was the most worst one and I didn't see him as the right superman at any given time as a kid watching it. I end up not watching the show at all.
StrangerX - 1/29/2013, 9:01 AM
@knightofsteel- i like that theory
SUPERSHADOWBAT - 1/29/2013, 9:08 AM
@Ancar, true John Byrne is one if the artists that capture the essence of Superman.
CavEl - 1/29/2013, 9:11 AM
@ Batz11 - Dude, someone posted the Megan Foxx pic a few weeks back. You can totally see her vag, delete it before an editor catches it and they ban you. Just a heads up.

JohnnyKrypton - 1/29/2013, 9:15 AM
"Dean Cain, Tom Welling and all the others were completely wrong for the part and the big names mooted were never right either."

"Losing the trunks was pointless, throws the balance of the design off and looks truly, truly HORRIBLE in the comics."

Spot-on, Scotty...
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