Henry Cavill on the rumor that he’s not Superman anymore: ‘I’ve not given up the role’

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Henry Cavill covers the latest issue of Men’s Health to promote his new series The Witcher. Does anyone care about The Witcher? Does anyone care about… Henry Cavill? I still sort of care about him, weirdly. He’s a good looking guy and he tries hard and I feel sort of bad for him that professionally, he never really seems to get it together. I was reminded of that in this interview because even though he’s supposed to be promoting The Witcher, he spends a good chunk of his time talking about how he’s still Sad Sack Superman. You can read the Men’s Health interview here. Some highlights:

Whether he’s still Superman: “The cape is in the closet. It’s still mine.”

On being bullied for being overweight as a kid: “I was a chubby kid. I could’ve very well gone down the route of just accepting my lot in life and being like, ‘I guess I’m not going to do anything.’ ”

Sports helped him survive: “It actually helped me survive. Even the kids who were nasty to me at times and took pleasure in squashing me—when I finished a play, they’d say, ‘Wow, you’re really good.’ And I was like, ‘Okay, this is where I draw my strength from.’ ”

He auditioned for James Bond: “I probably could have prepared better. I remember the director, Martin Campbell, saying, ‘Looking a little chubby there, Henry.’ I didn’t know how to train or diet. And I’m glad Martin said something, because I respond well to truth. It helps me get better.” Cavill recalls being the 002 choice for 007, losing out to Daniel Craig. It was the beginning of a long run that positioned him as runner-up: He missed out on lead roles in Tristan + Isolde, Twilight, and an early Superman film that was never realized. “I wasn’t ecstatic about not getting these things,” Cavill says, “but I was so used to disappointment from the acting business, and also from boarding school. ‘No, you’re not good enough’—that wasn’t anything new to me.”

His workouts are high-intensity intervals & bodybuilding exercises. “I know what it feels like to go from out of shape to in shape and [afterward] I’ll look at myself like, ‘Man, well done.’ It’s not like I’m a golden god—I’m just proud of what I achieved. And then you can take your clothes off in front of your significant other, and they’re like, ‘G-ddamn, you look great!’ Like, ‘Yes! I’m making other people happy.’ ”

On those Superman films: Man of Steel? “A great starting point. If I were to go back, I don’t think I’d change anything.” Batman v Superman? “Very much a Batman movie. And I think that realm of darkness is great for a Batman movie.” Justice League? “It didn’t work.”

Again, he’s still Superman: “I’m not just going to sit quietly in the dark as all this stuff is going on. I’ve not given up the role. There’s a lot I have to give for Superman yet. A lot of storytelling to do. A lot of real, true depths to the honesty of the character I want to get into. I want to reflect the comic books. That’s important to me. There’s a lot of justice to be done for Superman. The status is: You’ll see.”

[From Men’s Health]

Personally, I don’t mind Cavill as Superman. All of those films sucked, but it wasn’t from Cavill’s lack of effort – he was a fine, vanilla, muscle-y Superman. The problem was everything around him, from bad directing to bad stories to The Batfleck. But yeah… despite Henry’s protests, I bet Warner Bros does cast a new Superman. They’re getting Robert “Bobby Sparkles” Pattinson as Batman, so wouldn’t it make sense? And so, once again, I feel a little sorry for Henry.


Cover and photos courtesy of Ben Watts for Men’s Health.

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  1. Puglove says:

    The Witcher is a huge video game series and I read the books and they were good… this show will probably be a hit. They already gave the go ahead for season 2.

  2. DaisySharp says:

    He’s fine as Superman. He’s fine. Showing my age; no one will ever match Christopher Reeves. One of my earliest memories of being blown away by a movie. The other two being the 1st Raiders, and The Empire Strikes Back.

    I am one of the few weirdos who really enjoyed Justice League, and have watched it several times. Sure, a lot of that is Momoa’s Aquaman, but damn if Ezra didn’t light me up as The Flash. Of everything that has gone wrong with DC, Ezra maybe (probably?) never being The Flash again is the one that bothers me most.

    • Rapunzel says:

      Daisysharp- I too thought the DC movies weren’t that bad. And liked Cavill in the role. They just didn’t give him enough to do.

    • Snazzy says:

      Christopher Reeve was the best Superman, as cheesy as those movies were I loved them so much!

      I do think Cavill is a good Superman, he just had to deal with crappy writing.

  3. Roserose says:

    I’m quite interested in the Witcher. I’ve got the book on reserve at the library (where I’m 4 or of a line of 5). Has anyone read it? Any good?

    • LadyMTL says:

      I’ve not read the books (I think there are 6-7 of them at this point) but from what I’ve heard they’re pretty good…Blood of Elves has a 4.1 on Goodreads. I’ve played the 3 games and enjoyed them quite a bit, though sometimes it bordered on eyebrow raising – for me anyway – when it came to the sex scenes / love interest plotlines.

      Still, I am curious to check out the TV series…maybe it’ll be awesome, who knows?

    • Marigold says:

      Start with “The Blood of Elves.” If you like fantasy series, you’ll love the Witcher books. If you like RPG’s, you’ll like the games, as well (but Witcher 3 is the only one new enough to feel current).

      Yes, they’re good books.

    • Julie says:

      the books are FABULOUS! I’m Polish, read them in original, and I highly recommend them.
      I dare say they are the only Polish books worth reading 🙂

      • Marigold says:

        Polish is so beautiful. It sounds like French and Russian had a baby, and I could listen to it for hours.

        The English translation is really well done. I’ve read some books that are translations and they FEEL like translations, but the Witcher books were well-done that way.

  4. Michael says:

    Pretty sure the studio has given up on Cavill. From what I have read he is a nightmare to work with even though he is good to his fans and he wanted Superstar money. I think Warner Brothers will cast somebody younger and relatively unknown and lock them in like Marvel does. I suggest Pierson Fode not only because he actually looks like Superman but he is a likeable actor who actually grew up on a farm.

    • Zara says:

      Nightmare? Where have you read this? I’ve never seen anything but glowing compliments about his work ethic and working with him.

  5. Savannah says:

    He should.

  6. Monette says:

    Am I going to write the same comment about him that I did about Kate, yesterday? Probably.
    How is it that when I look at this guy I feel nothing? Hot body, gorgeouse face, nice sexy hair… and still it’s Antartica in my pants?
    He has ZERO charisma.

    • Anname says:

      +1 agree. I don’t think he has that natural charisma that pops onscreen. This would explain why he’s been the runner up in so many roles. On paper he seems like the perfect choice, but he gets onscreen and it’s just flat.

    • DaisySharp says:

      I almost said this (not as well!) but then I got lost in my babbling about Justice League and DC. lol Totally agree!

    • just a small town girl says:

      have you seen him in The Man From UNCLE? it’s amazing what he can do when he’s actually given decent content.

    • grumpy says:

      I thought he was good in the Tudors, the Duke of Suffolk had charisma

  7. LadyLaw says:

    I think he’s fine as Superman. It’s just Superman as a character is so boring, one-dimensional character. That said…David Corensweet would be a great replacement.

  8. SM says:

    He is pretty but I don’t care for him. Because even in this interview he gives an impression in several places (don’t care for him enough to copy them here again) as being naive and vanilla. He probably dates students because he won’t be able to hold a conversation with a woman his own age. And I am not saying that young people are dump, just naive due to lack of all the experience that awaits them in the future.

  9. Margareth says:

    Sorry but I don’t care about him or his projects. He said many problematic things so bye!

  10. Valiantly Varnished says:

    He’s still under contract so it all depends on what happens there. He is my favorite Superman because I think he has actually embodied who Superman and Clark Kent are the best. So I would be sad to see the role miscast. Especially since Cavill has been woefully misused and underused in the role. Im actually interested in The Witcher. I know people love the books. Ive never read them but stories like this always intrigue me and the trailers have looked great. And I do think Cavill is hot. Not scintillating hot. But hot nonetheless.

  11. Ferdinand says:

    I love me some Henry.
    But I definitely agree with what most say in here, he’s flat on the screen.
    I loved him in Man from UNCLE, I’ve seen it several times. Sadly his projects just end up being meh at most

  12. thaisajs says:

    I find him so repulsive now. Comes from his penchant for dating high school girls, I guess. I followed him on Insta for a while and it was just painful. They need to recast Superman.

  13. TheOriginalMia says:

    DC had the perfect Superman and squandered him. He’s still under contract, so there’s a possibility he may return in another DCEU movie. I thought they were doing a true sequel to Man of Steel, but who knows. DC just got some of its mojo back with that Joker movie.

  14. Marigold says:

    I do! I care about the Witcher! I’m a closet gamer, and I love the Witcher book series. Cavill looks perfect in the trailers, and I couldn’t be more excited.

    I think Henry has gotten a raw deal in his career. His “moment” came, and he was offered a lot of duds. He had a lot of promise during the Tudor days. I used to find him just unbelievably hot, but not so much anymore. I’m not personally attracted to huge, bulky muscles, and he’s been musclebound since he got tapped for Superman. Sigh.

    It hasn’t helped his image that he’s constantly dating barely-legal women, either. Ew.

    Anyway, I’m HUGELY down for the Witcher series, and I’m hoping they don’t mess it up.

    • Maria_ says:

      Your nickname, Triss XD.

      Same here, reading the books, huge fan and… in love with Henry Cavill (I dont need him talking just..you know )

  15. BANANIE says:

    I didn’t understand his comment about being chubby as a child and just not doing anything? Does anyone know the missing context?

    • Maria_ says:

      I think it means that he could have been left without doing anything for his future, with the mood down.

  16. Mewsie says:

    He did not say sports helped him survive. In that quote he clearly says “plays” and that’s theatre.

    I worry for this man. I read the full interview and it left me sad. He is the human embodiment of that Nicki line “work hard just to get half back”.