The Four SUPERMAN Comics That Inspired Henry Cavill's Performance In MAN OF STEEL
Actor Henry Cavill, Superman in the highly anticipated reboot from director Zack Snyder, reveals in Entertainment Weekly the four Superman comic books that inspired his portrayal in Man of Steel. Some of the answers may surprise you, check it out!
Henry Cavill had almost 75 years of Superman comics to draw inspiration, and in an interview with Entertainment Weekly the Twenty-Nine-year-old actor shared that he read as much comics as he could, but there were four in particular that he managed to stand out, which inspired his portrayal in the reboot Man of Steel.
"I read as much as I could, purely because I wanted to get a great reservoir of knowledge from the source material. There are so many different representations of the character that it was easy to draw a baseline and pick and choose some flavors. They’re all facets and aspects of the same character, so you’ve just got to combine them and can play around with them and apply it to the script."
The comics were The Death of Superman (1992), The Return Of Superman (1993), Superman: Red Son (2003), and Superman/Batman: The Search for Kryptonite (2008). Henry Cavill on The Return of Superman: "It wasn’t consciously the weaknesses that I picked out, it was more so the different facets of his character and how actually some character traits continued across no matter what." On Superman: Red Son, which in this stand-alone graphic novel Superman was landed in the USSR instead of the USA: "He’s still doing the right thing it’s just he happens to be somewhere else." And on Superman/Batman: The Search for Kryptonite: "He’s inherently good, he’s raised by very good people, but it doesn’t mean he’s not going to have an emotional reaction to something." He has great willpower — incredible willpower — but sometimes your emotions get the better of you."
In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Cavill) is a young twentysomething journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone’s imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question – Why am I here? Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Costner), Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions. But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as “Superman,” not only to shine as the world’s last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves.
Man of Steel
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Written by: David S. Goyer (screenplay & story), Christopher Nolan (story)
Produced by: Deborah Snyder, Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas
Running Time: Unknown
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Release Date: June 14, 2013 (USA)
Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Ayelet Zurer, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Michael Shannon, Antje Traue, Laurence Fishburne, Christopher Meloni, Harry Lennix.
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