Apparently there are few lines the stars of the DC Extended Universe fear to cross while promoting their upcoming films. The most egregious example so far was earlier this year when Jason Mamoa wrote an obscenity about rival comics studio Marvel on a kid’s ‘Aquaman’ poster, but that may pale in comparison to Henry Cavill deciding to make comparisons between his interpretation of Superman’s alter ego Clark Kent, and the work done on the character by Christopher Reeve. Check out Cavill’s statement below as stated to the French Magazine ‘Studio Cine Live’ :
“My Clark Kent is trying to be as small and invisible as possible. If you’re awkward and spilling things constantly, people are going to notice you, and that’s not the best way to go unseen. You have to admit, it’s not a remarkable disguise, just a pair of glasses. He’d like to think that no one will believe he could be Superman. How could such a delicate flower be a living god? Preposterous.”
Of course, to be fair, he does not directly put down Reeve’s interpretation of Clark Kent, but he may as well have. What Cavill has clearly missed is that Reeve’s Clark Kent is how people think of the character nowadays, it left an indelible impression on audiences that we are not willing to let go of entirely. Putting down his predecessor in the role is not the best way for Cavill to ingratiate his way to the fans, especially not when his debut as Superman in ‘Man of Steel‘ was not met nearly as well as Reeve’s, and most people are extremely nervous about how ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’ is going to turn out, as exemplified by all of the backlash from the latest trailer.
At the end of the day, it is fine for Cavill to have his own interpretation of the character, but he is a fool is he thinks he is doing himself any favors by trying to play up his creative choices by putting down Christopher Reeve’s portrayal. Am I alone in thinking this? Share your thoughts on the matter in the comments below!