Henry Cavill candidly reveals that he thinks Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is a Batman film. The DCEU's inaugural hero, the actor kicked off Warner Bros.' superhero franchise in 2013 via Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. Three years later, he worked with the filmmaker once again for the team-up movie that also marked the debut of Ben Affleck as the universe's Caped Crusader. All three of them reunited in Justice League and considering the events that followed that film, chances are that it's the last time fans will see them all together - at least for a DC project.
Batman V Superman was one, if not the most polarizing films in recent memory. While some fans praised Snyder's unique take on two of the most popular superheroes ever, others weren't exactly thrilled with several of his creative choices. Most of these liberties were regarding Superman, who was unusually pessimistic and brooding in the movie. As for Cavill, he thinks that the project was crafted to highlight Batman more than anything else.
Looking back at his journey as Superman on the big screen thus far, Cavill candidly offers his thoughts on his previous three DCEU movies in a recent interview with Men's Health. While he says he won't "change anything" with Man of Steel (another divisive film), he has some interesting comments on his last two outings as the Last Son of Krypton. He says that Batman V Superman is “very much a Batman movie" adding that the "realm of darkness is great for a Batman movie.” Justice League, on the other hand, simply "didn't work."
Snyder and Affleck are officially out of the DCEU, while Cavill's fate as Superman hangs in the balance. The actor is currently busy with Netflix's The Witcher where he plays the title character, Geralt of Rivia. The video game-turned-series has already been renewed for season 2 even before it debuted, keeping Cavill busy for the next couple of years. However, he also insists that he remains Warner Bros.' Superman in the same interview, explaining that there's still a lot of story left to tell for his version of the iconic DC hero. That's despite any update regarding contract extension negotiation after news broke out last year that the studio and his camp couldn't reach an agreement so he can continue his stint as the Big Blue Boy Scout.
Admittedly, much of the problems people had on Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice stemmed on the depiction of Superman. As previously mentioned, the public didn't seem to buy the idea of a perpetually depressed Superman since he's always associated with hope. On the flip side, people seemed to love Affleck's version of the Caped Crusader, especially considering that it's a fresh take as he was an older and more hardened version of the Bat of Gotham. This different reception of Batman and Superman in the film understandably made Cavill feel disadvantaged since fans' problem was rooted on the treatment of his character and not how he portrayed the part.
Source: Men's Health
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