Henry Cavill on His Vision for How Superman Would Come Back (Exclusive)
By Scott Baumgartner
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Henry Cavill says he isn't done playing the Man of Steel -- and he has some ideas on where he'd like to see the out-of-this-world character go next.
On Tuesday, ET's Lauren Zima spoke with the 36-year-old actor at the press day for his upcoming Netflix series, The Witcher, where he confirmed that he wants to continue portraying Superman and opened up about his hopes for the superhero's next outing on the big screen.
"I'd like to delve more into the aspect of Superman [that] we traditionally know, coupled with where we left him with Man of Steel," Cavill explained. "It's the hero who is trying to exist in a world where people may say he's not relevant anymore -- where, actually, he's extraordinarily relevant and it's him coming to terms with that and becoming that relevance and showing people that hope does exist without it being too chocolate box."
The leading man added: "I wanted to still have an edge but to have some warmth to it and to have some hope to it."
These comments arrive exactly a week after a report surfaced that DC and Warner Bros. are confounded as to how they intend to make Superman palatable to modern audiences after the success of less traditional superhero films like Joker and Shazam! With no script or director attached to a Superman project, it's unlikely a film will arrive in theaters before 2023, according to Variety.
At the Aquaman premiere in December 2018, Jason Momoa echoed Cavill's sentiments, telling ET: "I just talked to Henry... He's absolutely not [leaving the character]. He loves the character. He's not. One hundred percent."
On Tuesday, Cavill also discussed how portraying his character in The Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, varies in comparison to Superman, especially when it comes to training in the gym.
"They are the same but different," he said of the two roles. "The biggest similarity and the most taxing thing is always gonna be time. It's just about getting that training each day and forcing yourself to do it. You finished a very long shift and you were there two hours early, two and a half hours early, for your hair and makeup, and then you have to go to the gym."
In the series, Geralt is a solitary monster hunter who struggles to find his place in a world populated with unimaginable creatures and mortals with nefarious agendas. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly dangerous world together.
During the interview, Cavill also discussed the numerous comparisons The Witcher is already facing with another fantasy series -- Game of Thrones.
"I think comparisons are always gonna be made and it's fun," he responded. "It's fine when they're two ends of a spectrum in a fantasy genre. But that's like saying someone's going to be the next Tom Cruise. No one's going to be the next Tom Cruise."