While promoting his upcoming film, ‘Justice League,’ Henry Cavill became very candid about the DCEU saying it would struggle “even if Marvel didn’t exist.” Cavill also went on to praise Patty Jenkins’ ‘Wonder Woman’ as a step in the “right direction” for the DCEU.
Cavill has been with the franchise for the longest amount of time, with first film ‘Man of Steel’ (2013) roasted by critics before the DCEU seemingly hit rock bottom with ‘Batman V Superman’ (2016) and ‘Suicide Squad’ (2016) both earning dismal reviews at best.
Cavill recently spoke at length in an interview while promoting ‘Justice League.’ He credits the success of Patty Jenkins‘ and Gal Gadot’s ‘Wonder Woman’ (2017) for getting the DCEU out of its rut and taking it in a new direction. He said:
“Even if Marvel didn’t exist, we’d struggle. There was a style they [DC] were going for, an attempt to be different and look at things from a slightly different perspective, which hasn’t necessarily worked. Yes, it has made money but it has not been a critical success; it hasn’t given everyone that sensation which superheroes should give the viewer.”
He went on to explain the importance of female representation in the superhero world, saying:
“I think it is a wonderful time for the female hero. It is the perfect setting in social politics right now, we need it, we want that perspective, and Wonder Woman has struck at the ideal time and has become a phenomenal success, which is fantastic. Any success within the superhero universe, especially within the DC Universe, is wonderful, because I want to keep telling the Superman story; selfishly, that works for me.”
Whether you agree with Cavill about the previous failings of DC, it is hard to deny the huge success of ‘Wonder Woman.’ The film earned rave reviews and killed at the box office. Maybe Gadot’s portrayal of the bad ass Amazon was exactly what the franchise needed. Find out when ‘Justice League’ hits theaters on November 17!