Want an early taste of Henry Cavill’s portrayal of Superman in “Man of Steel“? Well you can have it, because the British actor has revealed the four comics that most inspired his version of the Man of Steel.
“I read as much as I could, purely because I wanted to get a great reservoir of knowledge from the source material,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “There are so many different representations of the character that it was easy to draw a baseline and pick and choose some flavors. They’re all facets and aspects of the same character, so you’ve just got to combine them and can play around with them and apply it to the script.”
Find out what the comics were after the jump.
Cavill said that the comics that inspired him the most were 1992’s “The Death of Superman,” 1993’s “The Return of Superman,” 2003’s “Superman: Red Son” and 2008’s “Superman/Batman: The Search for Kryptonite.” He said he didn’t intentionally pick out stories about Superman’s weaknesses, but it will be interesting to see how those inform his portrayal.
“It wasn’t consciously the weaknesses that I picked out, it was more so the different facets of his character and how actually some character traits continued across no matter what,” he said of “The Return of Superman.” As for “Red Son,” Cavill said, “He’s still doing the right thing it’s just he happens to be somewhere else.”
Cavill’s description of Superman in “The Search for Kryptonite” leads us to believe his take on the character could let feelings get in the way of his actions. “He’s inherently good, he’s raised by very good people, but it doesn’t mean he’s not going to have an emotional reaction to something,” Cavill said. “He has great willpower — incredible willpower — but sometimes your emotions get the better of you.”
“Man of Steel” is due in theaters on June 14.
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