Henry Cavill Talks Superman and Lois Lane’s Relationship in the ‘Man of Steel’ Sequel

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Warner Bros./DC fast-tracked development on the sequel to Man of Steel even before director Zack Snyder’s Superman franchise reboot had opened in theaters. However, it wasn’t until the 2013 Comic-Con when everyone found out that another staple DC superhero will make an appearance in the film: Batman, to be exact. The Caped Crusader won’t just make a throwaway cameo in the sequel, either, based on the announcement – by returning screenwriter David S. Goyer – that the official title for Man of Steel 2 will probably be Batman Vs. Superman (or possibly Superman Vs. Batman).

The new Bruce Wayne could make things complicated for Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) in both his work and in his personal life, especially if Goyer’s script takes its cues from some of the most famous Batman/Superman stories that’ve been told in the past. For example, in the World’s Finest animated movie (released in 1997), Wayne begins a relationship with Kent’s fellow Daily Planet journalist and romantic interest, Lois Lane – who, in that universe, is still oblivious about her co-worker’s real identity.








Things are going to be different in the Man of Steel sequel, if only because Snyder and Goyer’s take on the Superman mythos changes things up – so that Lois (Amy Adams) is well-aware that Clark Kent and Kal-El are, in fact, one and the same – that is, before Clark starts to work at the Daily Planet. Cavill spoke with IGN just before the Batman/Superman announcement at Comic-Con, so the site didn’t have a chance to pick his brains about the Clark/Lois/Bruce dynamic in the film.

Amy Adams as Lois Lane in Man of Steel Henry Cavill Talks Superman and Lois Lanes Relationship in the Man of Steel Sequel

Nonetheless, Cavill did address the benefits of having Lois know who Clark really is (logistically-speaking):

“I think it’s essential [for Lois to know Clark's secret] because if we’re trying to base it reality, there’s no way that Lois has these direct interactions with Superman, and then doesn’t recognize Clark sitting next to her in the office. If she falls in love with Superman, and she’s ignoring a guy who looks just like Superman, behaves just like him, and has the same kind of mannerisms and behavior, then what does that say about Lois? I like this relationship. She saves him just as much as he saves her.”

Goyer’s Man of Steel script included a couple scenes that established how Lois was a pivotal factor in Kal-El’s decision to make himself visible to the public’s eye; not to mention, she provided him with emotional support when he killed General Zod. However, while the pair are on more equal footing from an emotional perspective, when IGN asked Cavill if he wanted Clark and Lois to be more equals, he responded:

“More equals? Well… Can you be equal in power to Superman? I don’t know.”

The interviewer then clarified they meant in terms of emotional power, to which Cavill added (while pausing to think for a moment):

“Yes, absolutely, but [brief pause] 100 percent.”

Cavill’s response calls attention to a simple truth about Superman: no matter how emotionally-vulnerable he becomes, he is still a super-powered alien who is without an equal on Earth (as far as pure strength and physical power goes). That is why Snyder’s indicated that the Man of Steel sequel will address the fallout from the first movie - rather than attempt to top its predecessor in terms of pure world-destroying spectacle (by pitting Kal-El against another equally-powerful opponent). Instead, it sounds as though the sequel will challenge Supe on a more personal/psychological level, with the addition of a character like Batman.

Superman Versus Batman Movie Henry Cavill Talks Superman and Lois Lanes Relationship in the Man of Steel Sequel

Similarly, Cavill assured IGN that the comparatively light-hearted final minutes from Man of Steel do not foreshadow a more jokey tone in the sequel:

“It wasn’t necessarily a comic effect that I was going for. I mean, I’m not looking at it from your perspective — how you see it — when I’m playing a character. I’m looking at it from a character’s personal experience, and what he’s going through internally. And at that stage of the story, he’s finally reached the [point] where he can be himself. And someone’s in on his secret, so he’s not alone any more. And there’s a different kind of energy behind that. There’s no longer this sense of, ‘I’m alone. What do I do? And now there are aliens invading, who are my people, who want to destroy my planet, and the people I’ve come to love.’ It’s now moved on from that. And so I don’t see that as a chance to play comedy, I see it more as Superman evolving and coming into his own.”

Superman’s newfound confidence might not go over so well with Bruce Wayne, who will probably be less than trusting of a super-powered individual who flies around the planet and does whatever he feels is right (not after the destruction he caused in Man of Steel). Similarly, now that Lois knows Clark’s secret, the latter will have yet another person to answer to – whenever he makes a mistake or does anything questionable as Superman, that is. Could Batman therefore use the Clark-Lois relationship to his advantage in the Man of Steel sequel? (Short answer: it’s a definite possibility.)

Let us know how you think Clark Kent and Lois Lane’s relationship will come into play in the Man of Steel sequel, in the comments section of this article.


Man of Steel 2/Batman Vs. Superman is tentatively slated to reach theaters by Summer 2015.

Source: IGN

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  1. I still don’t get all these people who b**** about Batman not being able to hurt Superman, so this showdown should never take place. Haven’t you supposed fans ever read the book? Look it up guys. Just quit bitching and look it up. I can already see Batman mopping up the floor with a powered down Superman.

    • Yeah NO SH*T! if Batman uses Kryptonite OF COURSE he will mop the floor with superman!! Batman will be a trained Bad a$$, and Superman will (with Kryptonite) will be a lame ass!!

      But I TOO think that Superman/Batman showdown would be STUPID!! of course if BW “cheats” LOL, he will win! but that is like me hitting the neighbor with my car before I beat him down because he is twice my size!!
      I hope this movie is great but if it is a showdown movie and Batman wins, I WILL NEVER WATCH A GOYER/SNYDER FILM IN MY LIFE because in the real world IT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN!

      • Just be open to it, it’s not like Snyder and Goyer set out to make a crap film. Goyer hasn’t written a bad DC film yet.

        • In your opinion. I’d throw the third act of The Dark Knight Rises and a lot of Man of Steel in the bad DC film category.

          • david goyer wasn’t responsible for dark knight rises he is only involved batman begins and dark knight rises . man of steel isn’t a bad work its an wonderful work coz everybody is used to a warm, strong and all american hero christopher reeve superman but goyer and snyder gave us told us the real scenario if truly motivated zod attacks and what if inexperienced superman fights them,how reluctant he is to reveal who he is where he is what he is capable of

            • WTF??? I must be STONED< does that^^^ say what I think it says?

              "david goyer wasn’t responsible for dark knight rises he is only involved batman begins and dark knight rises"
              HOLY HELL SCREENRANT I think we have a JOKER on our site!!

            • “david goyer wasn’t responsible for dark knight rises he is only involved batman begins and dark knight rises .”

              lol wow.

              • lol

          • X3: The Last Stand was bad. TDKR and Man Of Steel are far from it.

            • Soooo agree with this ^

        • Expect MoS. I consider that badly written, if not portrayed.

          • umm.. no it wasn’t bad written what parts were bad written?

            • The Beginning, the end, and everything in between.

  2. Well imo, a Batman vs. Superman fight is rather dull. Reason why is Batman only chance against Superman is Kryptonite,whether it’s green,blue,or gold. With that, Batman is a skilled fighter unlike Superman would be. Unlike Superman, Batman would be more willing to take his life than Superman would take his as Batman is mortal & Superman knows he’s not.

    For a fight between them to be even alittle interesting imo would be Batman be inside a Superman-Buster armored suit with Red Sun radiation to make it a fair fight. But even if the armor had kryptonite, Superman might have a chance by ripping it apart but still he wouldn’t take Batman’s life.

  3. Batman,green arrow and any other non superhuman in dc universe loses to 90 percent of marvels characters. Fighting skills and shadows dont amount to beating
    A character who has no weakness and can lift over one ton. ( 90 percent of dc charcters also)

    • You’re obviously trying to start some dumb debate.

    • please refrain from talking…forever

  4. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again i think this is a real mistake. it’s a typical studio move to attract more fans. they had an opportunity to make an excellent sequal with a fresh and moody version of Lex Luthor, but instead they’re throwing batman down our throats for the billionth time. i agree with what others have said. batman vs superman showdown is boring and unimaginative, we know their is only one way for him to match up with supes and that is kryptonite. which 1) makes batman come off as a p*ssy b*tch and 2)will be poor substitute for an actual villain. Batman is a dark character for sure but to use Lois against Clark seems a wee bit far fetched. I admit its been awhile since i’ve read that arc in the books but this seems like a poorly convinced idea, i will of course check it out, but i’m not as hyped as i would of been from a direct MOS sequal. we’ll see what happens i guess.

    • I think conceptually it could be a good idea, but to introduce a new Batman is what makes it an obvious cash grab. The other thing is making it a versus movie means when they do introduce Lex Luthor how would he be different than Bruce Wayne. They are a bit similar and i would imagine that with each successive movie you would want to up the threat level.

  5. Stupid idea. Putting Batman vs Superman is just going to get all you virgin nerds to have their panties in a bunch. Can already see it on the messages posted.

  6. I think it won’t be like Freddy Vs. Jason fight movie. I think it might be somewhat like the animated The Batman/Superman movie, World’s Finest 3-parter from Superman:TAS kind of film. They disagree on each other’s methods on justice & style and get into each other’s faces & way. Then realize they need to work together to succeed in stopping whoever’s plan. Im just guessing.

    • I agree, I don’t think that Batman and Superman will be against eachother for the entire film. That wouldn’t make sense. They will always be two different characters with very different methods for what ultimately is the same end. Seeking justice. They are the good guys plain and simple! They will disagree at first but will grow a respect and admiration for eachother throughout the film.

    • This is exactly what I thought I want to see them bump heads but not brawl. Also I absolutely loved World’s Finest and they should follow closer to that story line

  7. There will be some homage to the “Dark Knight Returns” comic in this Man of Steel sequel. But I highly doubt it to see Batman as the main antagonist for Superman.. They’ll obviously disagree and fight first and then realize that they need to team up to save the world from this movie’s villain or villains (Luthor and Joker might be the villains or maybe it’ll just be Luthor).

    • I think it’s high time Superman fight Brainiac.. we’re all tired from Luthor.

      • Right on I would like to see Superman take down Brainiac in this upcoming Superman vs Batman film. Brainiac teaming up with The Joker, Two Face, Metallo, and Toyman.

    • maybe they are kind of the little fight first, gather for bad @$$ fighting a villain later approach from what Marvel used in The Avengers.

      P.S. i’m a DC fan so this comment was not saying they are stealing from the Avengers

  8. My theory is that the next film will in fact be Man Of Steel 2, but Batman will be a heavy supporting character and will challenge Supes’ ability to make quick moral decisions. Of course Batman doesn’t think that a guy like Supes should be able to have so much power and he needs Clark to prove that Earth can trust him.

    • I think it’s a mistake to have the brand new Bruce Wayne/Batman as a supporting character to Superman. It’s one of the reasons I can’t get excited about this.

      • What does the fact that its a new Batman actor have to do with anything? We need to move along as if there are no speed bumps.

        • *were, not are

        • Good, I’m glad you’ve moved forward. Now let’s look at the facts.
          1. MoS was a below average flick. The reviews are split 50/50, even between average moviegoers.
          2. Naming the sequel “batman vs. superman” screams ultimate doom for WB. It’s a cheesy, unimaginative pull that fails every time.
          3. ‘Speeding along’ is what the problem is with most films nowadays. They’re too caught up in competing with others (Marvel) instead of making a really good comic book movie that stands out from the rest.
          4. Ignoring those ‘speed bumps’ will present consequences. These films don’t need to be rushed out the door. DC needs to do their own thing, take their sweet time, and don’t give a damn about what Marvel is doing.

          MoS was a cheap, lazy, uninspiring, and unnecessary gritty take on who/what Superman really was.

          • Not “move along” in the sense that we need to get these movies out the door. This new Batman actor will be replacing Bale, so it makes no sense to “get a feel” for the new Batman, so to speak.

            If WB is planning on grounding their DC properties, they need to be able to fit them into The Dark Knight’s world, which MoS did, more or less. I think acting as if the new actor needs an introduction film or so would be a waste of time.

    • I agree. I don’t think the inclusion of Batman Neccessarily precludes this being a genuine sequel to MoS.

  9. 1. It’s way to soon to say that this film will be suck or is a bad move with literally zero information release about the film, besides a rumored title and the broadest of story.

    2. Vs doesn’t have to mean they are going to fist fight, it could possibly be a clashing of viewpoints and ideas. Will they fight? maybe, most likely but I doubt it’s going to be a hour 40 minute battle like the finale to Man of Steel. I think the idea of Lex and Bruce rebuilding metropolis until bruce see’s the evil in Lex is a logical idea

    3. This isn’t a complete ploy by WB to play catch up like some people may think. I believe Goyer and Snyder were planning this all along, and the 2015 release date and the rumors of the first draft being complete is a sign of that. Things don’t just happen, there is planning involved.

    Lets all calm down and wait for more information to be released before you tear or praise this film for its direction.

    • I agree 110% on your 3rd point

      It is most definitely not too early to think it will suck!!

      And your 2nd point is a fair one but TOO MANY people take the Vs. as literal! and that can for sure turn a whole ton of people off! I will se the film opening night, but I will have HUGE reservations about the movie JUST BECAUSE OF THAT LAME TITLE (if that is the final version, which I hope it is not)
      I will hold some hope that Goyer can do a good “teamup movie” if that is what this is ( I HOPE ) and not a Vs. movie! MOS was very good IMO with some obvious holes (most movies have them) but some of his scripts have been NOT SO GOOD! so I will just wait and see on that one. I think the biggest thing in this movie will be WHO is cast as Bruce Wayne!!! THAT MAY MAKE OR BREAK THIS WHOLE UNIVERSE right out from under WB/DC feet

  10. While this project could go any number of ways for better or worse, I believe that there is potential for a really psychologically spectacular film here. Addressing the events of Man of Steel presents great storytelling possibilities, and Bruce Wayne, in addition to Lex Luthor, fits right into that. And Lois of course is naturally right there in the middle of them.

    If they focus on the resonant psychological and political issues AND write a truly great script (Man of Steel wasn’t as sharp as it could’ve been) in the tradition of The Dark Knight, this can be great. Here’s hoping.

    • +1

      What do you think is the chance of it being as good as The Dark Knight? In terms of the story. Cause that would be pure awesome, don’t think it’ll reach the Dark Knight standards though, especially with Goyer doing the screenplay.

      • Chances are it won’t be that good, I agree. Although if they are not spending as much time on huge, bombastic visual effects, perhaps more attention will be dedicated to other aspects of the film.

        Anyway, if Warner Brothers wants to really make a ton of money, which of course they do, then they need to pull out all the stops for this film. And that includes writing a fantastic script. If they make something truly great, not just a fan-service film but a great film period, they will see the money come back to them. Blow viewers away, and they’ll buy into it.

  11. Now, I didn’t read every comment so if this was mentioned before, I apologize.

    I may be the only one that feels this way, but I don’t take the title “Batman vs Superman” or vice versa means a physical showdown. There may be some parts of that or where it gets heated, but I don’t think they will go toe to toe like the comments that I have read seem to suggest. Yes, I’m aware of the comic and I have read it. But with the DC universe being more grounded or “gritty” as people like to say, I think it may just be a movie about them first meeting. The distrust Batman has for Superman, Superman becoming increasingly more angry, etc. I think it may be a movie where one hero tries to assert dominance over the other, but not so much by fighting. A Batman and Superman fist fight would look pretty silly on the big screen (for me anyways) so I think the title is just to stir controversy and grab the headlines and what not. Comic book adaptations are never 100% accurate so who knows. This is just an opinion and if anyone has suggested beforehand, I apologize.

  12. Henry Cavill’s comments are very well articulated and interesting to read.

    The Lois and Clark Kent dynamic is going to fresh to watch on screen. The entire approach to that relationship shows the amount of respect the filmmakers have to these characters and to try creating the best story possible.

    Would it be challenging? Of course, but it is a risky move that can open a lot of doors and have more to say about both characters. Lois is no longer “shallow” as she could have been always admiring Superman but ignoring Clark. Add Bruce Wayne there becoming a serious threat to Clark for the affection of Lois Lane will be gold! It will show that Lois does not care about the powers but underline that Clark is essentially Kal-El- different. Plus reinforces that Wayne is the best humanity can offer. It can create some intense character drama.

    Add that to dealing the aftermath of the first film and facing consequences in form of public outlook, and a rising Luthor- the film can definitely continue the story of Kal-El the alien who has learned to accept his origins and his world but must earn the acceptance of mankind.

    The psychological trials of Kal-El becoming Superman continue, and the story has much potential to develop it. Hopefully another writer can polish up the screenplay in order to execute this potential and realize it.

    • I agree.

  13. Bruce Wayne’s Batman origins may be hinted at but I do not want the origins to be fully explored in the context of the film.
    I want a new Batman, but WB/DC should take advantage of the recent Dark Knight Trilogy for the blueprint of the building a new Batman.

    A rough back story of Bruce Wayne and Batman can be adopted by loosely following Batman Begins (and maybe The Dark Knight). Grounded, similar to Man of Steel, and matching tone. Make the character more athletic and build up from the character’s intelligence showcased in the films and rework the basic concept to work on screen next to Superman.

  14. Henry Cavill is the man! Not only does he make a great Superman on screen, but he really understands the character and everything that the character needs to be.

    • The guy hardly acted. 95% of his facetime was head nodding, and clueless looks.

  15. I think everyone is missing the point here. Obviously a Batman vs. Superman contest is a dumb idea. But I doubt that’s how Goyer/Snyder will play it. Not if they’re smart, that is.

    The way to play this is to have Batman/Superman begin with a sophisticated antagonistic relationship based on philosophical differences … that plays out like a bit of game of chess (Wayne’s forte) … that almost leads them to physical conflict, but in the final analysis results in Superman defeating Batman after a long, drawn out process (but not beating him up physically) in what could be a bit of a bittersweet victory that challenges some of Supes’ precepts and perhaps leads the two of them to develop a begrudging respect for one another.

    From there, a larger threat emerges that requires the two of them to come to understand each other’s philosophical differences and find ways to use both of those differences together to defeat this threat, much in the same way as Iron Man and Captain America had to learn to work together in The Avengers … except perhaps in a more spectacular and dramatic way.

    Remember, Superman has many times been defeated or come close to defeat by Lex Luthor’s brains, cunning, and access to technology. Bruce Wayne has just as much brains, cunning, and access to tech as Luthor … PLUS Wayne is a far more capable character physically … not enough to withstand a full-on attack by Superman, but certainly enough to better understand how to hold out longer against an enemy.

    But a straight-up duke-em-out would make for a very stupid, boring film, indeed.

  16. I think the whole “vs” part isn’t necessarily about a physical battle. But more of a mental fight. Batmans cynical view vs Supes optimistic view. These guys have always argued about each others approach on justice. But I do think bats and supes will fight at first. Bats will show Supes how to fight and not just use his strength to beat the crap out of bad guys. any villain supes faces from now on won’t be as strong as Zod unless they bring in Darkside or Braniac. so supes will have to adjust his crime fighting style. In the end they will come to appreciate what each one brings to the table which will lead to respect and the friendship we all know they have. and once they bring in wonder woman they will be “the three best friends that anyone could have.”

    on a side note: I hope they are making that Flash movie and with Barry Allen, so they can later introduce kid flash and with the new bats bring in Robin to latter have a teen titans or young justice movie too, which will be so awesome and way different in respect of cinematic universe than what Marvel is doing.

  17. well, i think is not fair that, Supes need batman to fight somebody at least at this moment where MoS was just released. i think we need to see more of MoS by himself and maybe on the 3 movie introduced some characters… we didnt see any other characters in batman why do we need batman in MOS? i dont see the point.

    • Why bring batman into MOS? 2 Words. Justice League.

  18. SR guessing again????? I just want a great story with a highly trained, and see the detective side of Batman. After all it is Detective Comics.

    • LOL yes I bought that up chatting about this with one of my friends.. isn’t batman a detective so they could somehow show off those skills

  19. Thinking about it there could be a twist on both story arc’s now that Lois knows who Superman is he could fight crime under an even more secret identity as Batman… Rather than Bruce Wayne becoming the character… He could become Superbatman the ultimate mash-up of both characters. Or not as the case will probably be. Still Goyer did a great job so far so fingers crossed he maintains his high standards for the sequel.

  20. One of the things I hope they show in the movie is Superman helping rebuilt Metropolis and other cities affected by Zod’s invasion. It would be a cope out not to follow up MOS in the sequel.
    An interesting angle could be having Lex Luthor being the one calling Bruce Wayne for help and resources into investigating ‘the alien’. In the end Bruce is the mirror for Lex. Millionaire genius. If at the end of the movie Superman saves both of them proving to Bruce he is to be trusted but also making Lex feel ‘lesser’ thus trying to destroy Superman could become his ‘oversize car’ to compensate for his perceived inadequacy.
    Whatever they do I think this is the best approach to end up with the JLA sooner than later.

  21. I enjoyed MoS (Just putting it on the table). I think this Superman/Batman film could be good or bad, and I actually saw the need for it coming out of MoS (knowing it’s supposed to be the platform film for the new DC shared universe). I’d hate to see a Justice League film that devolved into a Batman/Superman film (Batman VS Superman is the most idiotic title they could give this upcoming film) and figured they would be wise to dedicate a film to their dynamic. Though I imagined it coming after MoS 2, and the Batman reboot film.. Still, this could work, if they get the story right. I honestly (as a modern movie goer, on board since Batman 1989) think that this could be a good way to introduce the new Batman, without doing another movie that deals with Batman’s origins as a main theme (Batman ’89, Batman Forever, Batman Begins, ENOUGH! I get it.) Besides, my first thought during the screening of MoS, as Zod and Superman Hiroshimaed Metropolis: “Batman would be on the way to Metropolis, wondering “WHO IS THIS GUY?”

  22. “Welcome to the planet”.

    One of the best lines of any movie ever.

  23. Henry Cavill knows nothing about how Superman becomes Clark kent. clark actually let’s his confidence show as Superman and allows himself to stand tall, lower his voice, and use his normal mannerisms, body language, etc, but when he is clark, he changes it all entirely, slouches, and speaks in a higher tone.