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Man of Steel is a Lot Like DC’s New 52, Henry Cavill Says

Man of Steel, Zack Snyder’s upcoming reboot of Warner Bros.’ Superman franchise, may share more in common with DC Comics’ recent relaunch than a mere change of threads.

The publisher’s line-wide initiative, dubbed the New 52, debuted in late August amid much hand-wringing, overhauling the costumes and origins of such mainstay superheroes as Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and, yes, the Last Son of Krypton. In Action Comics, we see the T-shirt-and-jeans-clad Superman of five years ago, a brash and arrogant young defender of the common man; in Superman and Justice League, meanwhile, we get the present-day hero, more even-tempered — but without those trademark red trunks.

“When that came out, everyone went, ‘Arrhhh! Everything’s changed,'” Man of Steel star Henry Cavill tells The Associated Press while making the rounds for Immortals. “It’s part of the evolution of the character. There is a modernization to it, and certainly our style is making him easier to associate with because it’s pretty tough to associate with an invulnerable alien.”

Presumably those attempts to make the invulnerable alien easier to associate with involve him being bearded, shirtless and possibly also a fisherman and/or logger.

Cavill, who was nearly cast as Superman in McG’s abandoned reboot in 2003 — Scarlett Johansson was sought for Lois Lane, Johnny Depp for Lex Luthor and Shia LaBeouf for Jimmy Olsen — says he’s done his homework for the role, but is aware of fans’ concerns.

“There are a lot of people who have dedicated their life to loving this character. … Their opinion does matter,” he says. “I’ve done my research on the source material. I have my opinions on the various bits and bobs, but sometimes there will be a little gem out there about one of the books, and I’ll say to myself, ‘Yeah. That’s a good point.'”

Written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer and Christopher Nolan, Man of Steel also stars Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Ayelet Zurer as Lara Lor-Van, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Antje Traue as Faora, Harry Lennix as General Swanwick and Christopher Meloni as Col. Hardy. The film opens June 14, 2013.


  • Michael

    They are comparing MoS to the “new” 52 because it’s recent, but so far everything about it seems to be more in line with the Man of Steel comic book reboot.
    If this was two years ago, he’d compare it to Secret Origin.
    Two years before that, to Up,Up, and Away,
    Two years before that, to Birthright.
    The comparison is that it’s a reboot, nothing to do with content.

  • Liana

    I really hope that you are right, Michael. The Man of Steel is way superior to the DCnU. The new DCU Superman is a clear copy out of Spider Man. And honestly, if I want to read Spider Man, I will read Spider Man, not Superman. LOL.

  • Namtab

    While I agree that DCnU Clark is a bit more Peter Parker-esque, remember that Peter was designed to be Clark Kent-esque. So, there’s that.

  • Coryjameson

    Man of Steel had better be very sci-fi. If it isn’t it’ll crash and burn.

  • Hromovlad

    The sad thing is that if you want to read Spiderman, Spiderman is the last comic you should read 

  • RunnerX13

    Shia as Jimmy Olsen?!  I knew I hated McG.

  • Michael

    I have my fingers crossed hoping that I’m right.

  • Anonymous

    The cast for this keeps getting better and better

  • D.Smithee

    Ugh. That is bad news.

  • Jacob

    Lol, what? The Amazing Spider-Man is on fire right now. Slott has been knocking it out of the park since he took over.

  • David Fullam

    Oh, so it will suck big time! Thanks Cavill!

  • Hromovlad

    Oh, so it will be awesome! Thanks Cavill!

  • Signorina Spara

    This is fine by me. I already like Cavill in the part, so I will definitely go see this.

    Now if they insist upon a Green Arrow movie using the abysmal 52 reboot then I’d be bummed.

  • Anonymous

    Considering the media coverage and strong sales of the new 52, it makes sense forDC to shape its films after it. I’m just tired of hearing about how there’s nothing in Supes you can relate to. Superman carries the burden of being Earths liberator, leads a double life, loves a woman outside his race, and is faced with learning how to be human. There is much to mine in his story that folks will see themselves in so this talk he is a cold fish with no heart is nonsense. Let’s hope he gets a villian worth fighting in Zod and that Darkseid is indeed in the new film.

  • JJ

    Spiderman is not the same as Spider-Man, so clearly he’s talking about something else.

  • Aaron Price

    Alligatorlover, the strong sales are more of curiosity, many comic book fans I know who have read the 52, hate the series. I think it’s a very bad move to make a movie that is more like the new 52 universe. It’s too new, a lot of people who don’t read comic books won’t know about the new 52 universe and are more use to the classical look of the character. I think this move could really hurt the films success personally. 

  • alton

    a lot of people who don’t read comics don’t know about the new 52 universe and won’t know about the classical take because they don’t read comics.Most of the non comic fan base go to these things to see action adventure and if they don’t like the film to ridicule it to death.This worry among the fans that people will be confused because it doesn’t follow old formula in this or any other film of this type is completely wrong.How many people read the books before going to see Harry Potter?If the film has a coherent plot line and good pacing that’s all that matters.Face this character has seen it’s day and the movie will bomb big time.

  • BraveDave

    Who the hell doesn’t like Action Comics at the moment? In my opinion it’s the best book on the shelves. Certainly the one I’m most enjoying anyway…
    This is the perfect move. By bringing the new film franchise in line with the new comics (or vice versa) you have a more consistant Superman that may entice more readers who enjoy the film. Those long term fans turned off by new Superman will still see the film, and for that matter, probably still buy the comics.

  • Patrick Keely

    I have enjoyed both Superman titles of the DCnU.  They have done a great job of introducing the character and I am looking forward to seeing the character growth in Action Comics for Superman to become the earth’s greatest hero and I love the discussion of who Superman is in Superman.  Both offer great stuff to work with for this movie.  I just hope that this movie launch starts DC Movie continuity like Marvel’s.