Henry Cavill Talks The DCEU, Marvel, and James Bond

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‘The Cold Light of Day’ actor Henry Cavill is not afraid to tackle big roles. He is set to return to Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ as well as ‘Enola Holmes,’ slated to star in a ‘Highlander’ remake, and make an appearance in the spy thriller ‘Argylle.’ Fans of the DC Universe also know him as Superman from the DCEU, but many are hoping he will join Marvel as Captain Britain as well as take on the role of iconic British MI6 Agent James Bond.

Cavill recently sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss returning as Clark Kent and joining other franchises.

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“There is still a lot of storytelling for me to do as a Superman, and I would absolutely love the opportunity,” Cavill explained. “The killing of Zod gave a reason for the character never to kill again. Superman falling to the ground and screaming afterward — I don’t think that was originally in the script, but I wanted to show the pain he had. I did far more emotional takes they didn’t choose; tears were happening. He just killed the last remaining member of his species. That’s the choice he made in that moment, and he’ll never do that again. There’s an opportunity for growth after that, to explore the psyche of Superman as a deep, seemingly invulnerable god-like being but with real feeling on the inside. As I always say, ‘The cape is still in the closet.’”

On the topic of joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Cavill only has one rule.

“I’m never going to say a Marvel character that is already being played by someone else because everyone’s doing such an amazing job,” he said. “However, I have the internet and I have seen the various rumors about Captain Britain and that would be loads of fun to do a cool, modernized version of that — like the way they modernized Captain America. There’s something fun about that, and I do love being British.”

When it comes to donning the 007 moniker, he cites his busy schedule on why that might not be a possibility. “Something has changed, something has shifted,” Cavill answered. “After 21 years of hard work, I have three jobs lined up. Maybe it’s me, maybe it’s my approach, maybe my value as a commodity increases being attached to things like The Witcher. Now I can really focus on the storytelling and grow from here.”

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Aside from starring as Superman in the Zack Snyder trilogy of DCEU films, he also starred in a reboot of ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ spy and joined the Tom Cruise movie ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout.’ The second season of ‘The Witcher’ is set to be released on December 20, 2019.


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