Henry Cavill Says DC Films Would Have Struggled Regardless Of Marvel’s Success

It’s hard not to find a topic that isn’t divisive in this moment in history. Whether it’s political parties, views on statues or even the comic book company you support — everyone seems to be taking side and few are talking honestly and openly about their own failings. Then there is Henry Cavill, the DCEU’s Superman, who was talking to The Rake Magazine and the topic of Marvel vs. DC came up.

Cavill was very honest about the lack of critical success with the current slate of film up until Wonder Woman. And he doesn’t just lay the blame at the feet of the competition.

Henry Cavill

He said in the printed portion of the magazine:

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.

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.

I feel like now the right mistakes have been made and they haven’t been pandered [to], and we can start telling the stories in the way they need to be told. It is even better to come back from a mistake or stylistic error into the correct vein because it will make it seem that much stronger. Wonder Woman was the first step in the right direction.

The man who plays the symbol of hope still has hope for this film universe. This sounds like it’s part of a bigger move away from the tone and look spearheaded by Zack Snyder in Man of Steel and Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. Snyder stepping aside due to a family tragedy created an opportunity to try and tonally shift the upcoming Justice League film after the success of Wonder Woman.

As Geoff Johns takes more control over the direction of the universe and with the help of Joss Whedon, there is a growing hope among fans that DC will start making fun, exciting films, like Wonder Woman, the norm. It appears to be a hope Cavill shares.

Our chance to see if it works comes on November 17th as Justice League hits theaters with Cavill once more playing the Man of Steel.

About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.