Henry Cavill returns to DC Comics as “Superman”: a review of the actor’s successful career in Hollywood

We are facing the expected return of the “Man of Steel”. american actor known in for his interpretation of Superman, he returns to use the suit of the beloved DC Comics superhero. His return has been through a cameo in the recently released film “Black Adam”, but, apparently, even more surprises will come.

LOOK: Henry Cavill confirms that he will return to life to “Superman”

Henry Cavill was born on May 5, 1983 in the city of Saint Helier, Island of Jersey (Channel Islands), a dependency of the British crown. He is the son of stockbroker Colin Cavill and bank secretary Marianne Dalgliesh.

During his childhood, he studied at the private St. Michael’s Preparatory School in his native Jersey; but, later he was transferred to the public school Stowe School, a boarding school in Buckingham. Since childhood, he showed his interest in art by participating in plays with characters such as Oberon and Hamlet.

From a young age, Henry Cavill participated in plays. (Photo: Thomas SAMSON / AFP) / THOMAS SAMSON

The beginning

Due to this passion for acting, Cavill always looked for an opportunity within the competitive film industry. In that fight, he got his first role in the independent film “Laguna” (2001), where he was one of the protagonists.

Just a year later, he was part of “The Count of Monte Cristo” (2002), an adaptation of the novel by Alexandre Dumas and directed by Kevin Reynolds. Henry participated in the role of Alberto Mondego, alongside Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Richard Harris, Dagmara Domińczyk and Luis Guzmán. Thanks to positive reviews, the film grossed around $75 million at the box office.

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Later, he tried his luck in productions for television. Thus, he was hired in series such as “The Inspector Lynley Mysteries” (2002), “Midsomer Murders” (2003), as well as in the television movie “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” (2002).

From there he returned to the big screen with films like “Hellraiser: Hellworld” (2005), “Red Riding Hood” (2006) and “Tristan & Isolde” (2006), although they did not get the expected reception from the public and critics. specialized.

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But his name would sound again after participating in the tape “Stardust” (2007) with a secondary role, because he got 137 million dollars at the box office. At the same time, Henry Cavill had auditioned for the role of James Bond in “Casino Royale” in 2006; however, he lost to Daniel Craig.

After this “disappointment”, Cavill moved on and returned to television with “The Tudors”, where he played Charles Brandon, the first Duke of Suffolk, in the series based on the reign of Henry VIII. The actor participated in his first four seasons until 2010, with which he managed to gain recognition abroad.

The films “Blood Creek” (2008), “Whatever Works” (2009) and “Immortals” (2011) added to his cinematography. The latter became his first big box office hit, grossing $227 million. She would also join “The Cold Light of Day” (2012) alongside Bruce Willis.

incarnation of superman

In 2004, the possibility of Henry Cavill playing Clark Kent, better known as Superman, in director McG’s 2004 film “Superman: Flyby” was considered. But, the filmmaker withdrew from the project and his replacement opted by actor Brandon Routh for the role.

His time to play the superhero would come only in 2013. On January 30 of that year it was announced that Cavill had been selected to play Superman in “The Man of Steel” (2013) as part of the DC Extended Universe.

Henry Cavil first played Superman in the 2013 film, "man of steel".  (Photo: DC Films)
Henry Cavil first portrayed Superman in the 2013 film Man of Steel. (Photo: DC Films)

Despite divided opinions after its release, the film became the highest-grossing film starring Superman up to that time, grossing more than $668 million at the international box office. In addition, it was the ninth highest grossing film of that year.

“What I can say is that it is a modernization of the character, from a very realistic point of view, but, obviously, it maintains its fantastic character. It is an unreal situation, but it is approached from a very practical point of view. We wanted the character to be more relatable.”Cavill commented to the press in that year.

Three years later, the British returned to the superhero costume for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (2016), where he faced Ben Affleck’s Batman. But, the result was not what was expected since it was considered one of the worst films of the year. Although, that didn’t prevent its box office success with $873 million grossed.

Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill star "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice".  (Photo: Warner Bros.)
Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill star in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” (Photo: Warner Bros.)

The DC universe came with a streak of bad reviews for its productions, but decided to bet on “The Justice League” (2017), where they again summoned Henry Cavill. Negative opinions about it came again and, despite raising $ 657.9 million at the box office, it in turn meant a great loss for the film studio.

After almost 4 years, DC fans would see Henry again as Superman on the big screen thanks to the reissue of “Justice League” that was released on the streaming platform HBO Max under the title “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” (2021).

tempt new opportunities

An interesting proposal would come to Cavill through a message on the social network Instagram. Director Christopher McQuarrie would offer him to star in “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” (2018) alongside Tom Cruise. The acting duo managed to gross $791 million at the box office and became one of the most successful of the year.

The opportunities did not stop and he joined “Nomis” (2018) with Alexandra Daddario. Months later, he was summoned to be part of the cast of the Netflix series “The Witcher”, where he plays Geralt of Rivia.

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A glimpse of Henry Cavill in “The Witcher” series. (Photo: Netflix)

Later, the streaming giant called him for the tape “Enola Holmes” (2020) and gave life to detective Sherlock Holmes. In November 2022, the sequel to said film will be released, where Henry Cavill will also be present.

Faced with the opportunities that the film industry has provided, his ‘removal’ from the DC Comics Extended Universe would not last long.

triumphant return

Finally, Henry Cavill put an end to all the rumors surrounding his return as Superman. Thus, last Monday, the actor officially confirmed that he would return to the superhero universe of the DC Comics film industry, in alliance with Warner Bros.

The premiere of the movie “Black Adam” showed us a brief cameo from Superman in the last scene. After that, the actor could no longer deny the obvious and had to use his social networks to announce the news.

“Now that many have seen it, I want to make it official: I’m back as ‘Superman'”Cavill said in a video posted on his Instagram profile. There he explained that he had decided to wait for the premiere weekend of the film “Black Adam” to pass so that fans could see it without ruining the surprise.

Despite what DC Comics fans wanted, Henry Cavill did not provide further details about his return to the skin of the well-known superhero. “A small taste of what’s to come, folks. Thank you for your patience, it will be rewarded.” the interpreter added in his post.

For its part, the Warner Bros studio has not yet confirmed any project on “Superman”; although, that has not prevented the large number of rumors surrounding an upcoming tape. Thus, during the promotion of “Black Adam”, the protagonist Dwayne Johnson has not avoided hinting at a possible confrontation between his character and Superman.

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Henry Cavill returns to DC Comics as “Superman”: a review of the actor’s successful career in Hollywood


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