Henry Cav­ill is the Man of Steel

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How can Bat­man pos­si­bly stand a chance against Su­per­man?

He’s stood a chance in many ways through­out comic book his­tory. The only per­son who can beat Su­per­man is Su­per­man him­self. And I don’t mean that lit­er­ally – there are vil­lains out there who can beat Su­per­man, ob­vi­ously. It’s his lim­i­ta­tions, his stric­tures, that are of­ten the cause for his de­feat. Su­per­man un­bound, Su­per­man with ev­ery­thing un­leashed, would be a ter­ri­fy­ing force, and that is what Bat­man is scared of.

Can you com­pare the DC uni­verse to the Marvel uni­verse?

The Marvel uni­verse def­i­nitely has a lighter touch. The DC uni­verse, I think, is try­ing to ground it­self a bit more in re­al­ism. But Marvel does the job very well and they’ve cre­ated a won­der­ful foun­da­tion to launch any­thing off. DC are now do­ing their thing, and build­ing their own foun­da­tion. It’s not go­ing to be a cookie cut­ter thing – it’s def­i­nitely go­ing to work in a dif­fer­ent way but there’s only so much I can say about that be­cause I’m only privy to so much in­for­ma­tion.

This is the your first chance to give us the clas­sic be­spec­ta­cled Clark Kent. Christo­pher Reeve played him as very much a dis­guise. What’s your take?

It’s not re­ally a dis­guise be­cause, let’s face it, there’s a lot of sus­pen­sion of dis­be­lief. He’s wear­ing a bloody pair of glasses and you don’t just go, “Oh look! I didn’t recog­nise you!” It’s more two aspects of the char­ac­ter. Both are Su­per­man, both are Clark Kent but Clark Kent is very much a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the hu­man he would be if he de­cided not to be­come Su­per­man. And Su­per­man is ob­vi­ously the re­flec­tion of him liv­ing up to the po­ten­tial which his space dad be­lieved he could be. Both ex­ist within the same bub­ble but are sep­a­rate en­ti­ties.

Is there a dif­fer­ence in the phys­i­cal­ity of the per­for­mance?

There is. Imag­ine some­one said, in a room full of very, very short peo­ple, what­ever you do, don’t stand out. And so you try and be as small as pos­si­ble. And then when you get home you fi­nally go, “I can stand up straight and be tall…” That is what Su­per­man is. He’s the guy who’s at home who fi­nally gets to be the be­ing that he is.

Were you a Su­per­man kid grow­ing up?

Yes. And I’m a Su­per­man adult [ smiles]. Nick Setch­field

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