Justice League is opening November 17th and making no secret that Henry Cavill’s Superman will return. To promote the movie, Cavill spoke about the trajectory of the DCEU films in an interview with The Rake, adding himself to the list of people working in the DCEU who’ve aired grievances about the tone or some of the details.
The relevant quotes from Cavill are in the current print edition of The Rake, but they’re already making the rounds online because Cavill drops some home truths about “mistakes” made in previous DCEU fare, but he says they were the “right mistakes” to make.
“Even if Marvel didn’t exist, we’d struggle. There was a style they were going for, an attempt to be different and look at things from a slightly different perspective, which hasn’t necessarily worked. Yes, it has made money but it has not been a critical success; it hasn’t given everyone that sensation which superheroes should give the viewer. […] I feel like now the right mistakes have been made and they haven’t been pandered [to], and we can start telling the stories in the way they need to be told. It is even better to come back from a mistake or stylistic error into the correct vein because it will make it seem that much stronger. Wonder Woman was the first step in the right direction.”
Speaking of Wonder Woman, Gadot recently expressed regret over how her backstory was portrayed in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Ben Affleck, meanwhile, has said some of the criticisms were “fair.” We’ve also learned that the Time Warner chairman/CEO Jeff Bewkes said the DC movies needed “more lightness” and DC’s Jon Berg said Man of Steel, Batman V Superman, and Suicide Squad “may have been too dark in parts.” So it seems everyone involved is willing to pay attention to what isn’t working and make a course correction. Considering the behavior of some people in the news lately, seeing someone acknowledge an error is downright refreshing. Kinda makes it better.