Man Of Steel (2013): Henry Cavill on Superman, Clark Kent, ‘Red Son,’ New 52, Comic Books

The LA Times Hero Complex has a lengthy interview up with new Superman, Henry Cavill, on the Man of Steel.

Cavill talks Superman, Clark Kent, comic books, the fans, and more.

I’ll highlight a few of the more interesting things, be sure to head on over for the full article.

When asked about playing Clark Kent and Superman, Cavill offers what it is like playing two characters who are so close, yet in ways worlds apart.

Both are difficult and easy to play in their respective ways. Essentially, yes, one is a disguise but the one that’s not a disguise is so unreal that brings difficulties of its own with it. I mean, once the shroud is cast off, yeah, there’s that — but he can fly. [Laughs] Overall, there’s no one that’s easier or less easy than the other. It is a lot of fun having two characters in one role which are so intertwined with each other. It’s the same person, definitely, but it’s the presentation. And that is fun.

Next, Cavill mentions comic books and once again mentions Red Son when questioned about the difference between Superman and Theseus from Immortals. Red Son is an “Elseworlds” tale written by Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) that is a “What if Superman has been raised in the Sovie Union?” story. 

It’d be a bit like the story in “Red Son,” he’s not evil but he’s very different because of environment. The upbringing of Theseus is the polar opposite — the absolute negative of — the upbringing that the Kents gave Superman. The interesting thing is that his upbringing makes Theseus a violent and dangerous force but at his core he is good and he wants to do good but it takes a lot of convincing to get him to a point where he thinks the world is worth it.

Furthermore, Cavill mentions how much of an influence Red Son was on his research for the Man of Steel.

With “Red Son,” I thought it was interesting as a different perspective. It was out there and I like that. It was essential to my character research, too. When you’ve got two polar opposite viewpoints of the same character, you will see what the authors consider the important baseline trend. I got to see that and see the different ways he would have developed and that was very useful to me. And because we are retelling the story and we are doing our own reinvention and a modernization for the screen, I get the opportunity to add my own interpretation of how he developed. So that was cool to look at “Red Son” and see what changed, what didn’t change and what that reveals about the baseline of Superman. You can find what is essential to Superman and what is nature vs. nurture by locating that baseline.

Cavill offers up more of his research and tells which comic books he liked best, with mention of the DC Comics reboot as well.

I really liked “Death of Superman” and “Return of Superman,” those are my favorite ones, and “The New 52” is great stuff and “Earth One,” although I know people think that is a mixed bag. I really liked “Death of Superman” and “Return of Superman,” those are my favorite ones, and “The New 52” is great stuff and “Earth One,” although I know people think that is a mixed bag.

Finally, Cavill states when it comes time he is ready for all the super fans out there (and there are a lot!).

“…people are very excited sometimes and sometimes very nervous — and they shouldn’t be nervous, I love meeting everyone — but nothing strange so far. I’m ready for that part of it when it happens.”

Stay tuned to Cosmic Book News as more on the Man Of Steel develops.

Man Of Steel flies into theaters June 14th, 2013 directed by Zack Snyder starring, Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel, Diane Lane as Martha “Ma” Kent, Kevin Costner as Jonathan “Pa” Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as Zod, and Russel Crowe as Jor-El.