– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Justice League has come and gone, and with it we saw the return and rebirth of Superman, played by Henry Cavill. After two films of a torn, uncertain Superman, we now have a Superman in the vein of what most comic reader see him as. He is not just an alien with a begrudging obligation to Earth. He is a beacon of hope who chooses to see the good in mankind.

With Justice League, we finally got to see that character arc play out. Speaking with the Los Angeles Times, and Cavill opened up about that emotional journey.

“He’s definitely different from previous incarnations. I feel like this is the natural progression from the end of Man of Steel into what he is now. This is a rebirth of the character, to coin the DC Comics franchise right now: It’s a refresh. This movie highlights the qualities of Superman that exist in the comic books. That’s something I’ve always been very keen to highlight in the character. This rebirth provided the opportunity for me to play those characteristics.”

It’s been a long time coming, but now audiences will get to see the true Superman on the big screen in future films (should they get made). What does Henry Cavill want to see? He opened up about that as well.

“There’s a wonderful opportunity to tell the Superman story. Now there is a fantastic chance to show Superman in his full colors and tell a very complex, character-driven movie that is based on story and have that wonderful sensation of hope and happiness. A feel-good movie with lessons laced in there as well.”

Even for someone like me who is never really like the Boy Scout interpretation of Superman, this sounds like a welcome idea, given the journey Superman has gone through over the course of the last three movies. To actually see him take on the role that we know him for would indeed be quite the rewarding prospect.

But what do you think? Is that the right direction for the Man of Steel to go in next, and do you even think it’s possible after the lackluster performance of Justice League at the box office? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Los Angeles Times

  • Rad4Cap

    “for someone like me who is never really like the Boy Scout interpretation of Superman”

    What exactly IS the “Boy Scout interpretation”? It sounds like someone who is virtuous and has integrity. What is wrong with that “interpretation”?

    Perhaps an idea for a future article?

    • Larry Fenix

      I don’t think it’s a term of ridicule at all. He’s always been called the blue boyscout. He does what is right. That’s always been his profile. HC is basically saying he has never gotten to portray him that way and from what it sounds like he welcomes it.

      • Rad4Cap

        Actually it was Joseph, not HC, who used the term. And, as I quoted, Joseph explicitly states he never really liked that interpretation, confirming there have indeed been OTHER interpretations rather than it “always” having been the way he is presented. Furthermore, “Big Blue Boy Scout” is consistently used as a dismissive and derisive epithet – much like “goody two shoes”.

        Now you say “He does what is right” is the supposed definition of “Boy Scout” in this context. That is essentially what I said the terms means as well (though I was slightly more specific). And I asked Joseph to identify WHY he has ‘never really liked’ this “interpretation” of Superman – this hero of virtue and integrity.

        Thus your comments don’t do much to address the *actual* issues I raised.

        • Larry Fenix

          I read it out of context, good call. I thought HC said it. My mistake.

  • J-man The Great

    What exactly was the point of Superman dying in BvS? That whole plot line was just plain dumb.

    • Rad4Cap

      And what was the purpose of seeing the dirt rise from the coffin at the end of BvS, since Supes had to be brought back to life by other means, etc?

      As HISHE says in its video review, the film had a massive case of amnesia about what came before it.

      • Kindofabigdeal

        So what you’re saying is he didn’t get out of the caca-doody coffin?

      • Larry Fenix

        The body doesn’t decay, therefore the manipulation of gravitons doesn’t decay either. It wasn’t showing he was coming back, it was showing the body was still a solar cell, still functioning.

      • Kataimusha

        I assumed when BVS was out that the dirt rising was actually Darkseid resurrecting him. I think and I could be wrong that they were going for an injustice type of story. That’s all good for fans like us but not great for general audiences.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      At the time of inception it Fox and Marvel were taking chances on adapting some of the more popular comic arcs (Days of Future Past, Civil War). DC decided to double down on their Dark Knight Returns plot and add in a little Death of Superman.
      Results were, less than phenomenal.

      • Victor Roa

        I would be morbidly curious to see Snyder do Reign of Superman storyline.

  • CrystalClearTruth

    huh? what character arc? it was just plain dumb

  • Kronx

    Honestly, my favorite version of Clark comes from Smallville. They did a great job of presenting someone striving to be moral who struggles with very human emotions and makes bad decisions.

    Moving forward in the DCU, a more positive Superman makes sense. He just came back to life and has a second chance to do some good.

  • Victor Roa

    kinda a non-answer since he’s not a creative style. The rumor was Mathew Vaughn directing it but then no script.
    There’s a lot to can go with Superman, back into space, super science, have him just save people or just pair him up with someone who lets him talk as a person. Even if you had Cavil with a dog is enough to build him as a nice guy….. but they never did that and instead went with “13 year old boys love violence, lets give ’em that.”

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.