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Subj: Re: Depends.
Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 at 03:33:55 am EDT (Viewed 262 times)
Reply Subj: Would you re-cast Superman/replace Cavill if you had the chance?
Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 at 11:06:42 pm EDT (Viewed 286 times)

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I would.

I know (Lord how I know) that he hasn't been given much to work with so it's not entirely his fault that his Superman isn't given the acclaim of Gadot's WW or even Batfleck.

But something about him rubs me the wrong way; he just comes off as a very cold fish; very self-interested and calculating. He in it for the bucks and has outright said so. In one sense this is refreshing because it is honest.

On the other hand, it shows that he doesn't care; (I kinda got the same vibe from Welling who wasn't even an actor).

Christopher Reeve *did* have artistic pretensions and a desire to infuse Superman with something special and get to the heart of what make the character long lasting. If you look at some old interviews, he talks about how he thought about the character abstractly and wanted to get underneath to real psychological appeal. (Of course he did enjoy the money too!)

Also, Cavill is TOO SHORT! To me, the Superman costume only looks really impressive and credible in someone say 6'3" to 6'5". It just adds something special to the aesthetic appeal; and getting down to the 6'0" range is noticeable (to me).

Really, the only thing pro-Cavill folks can point to is his bulbous Snyder-y physique; which I personally think is overdone. He just stands there like a pumped-up slab of beef looking all broody or something. (again, that's not his fault; it's how the character has been written).

But alas Cavill is not going anywhere. He knows the Superman flicks he's doing are uninspired trash, but doesn't really care so long as the check clears. I'm not saying that makes him a bad person (it makes him smart!).

As others have pointed out, direction and script play massive factors in whether an actor is good as the character... as I will often point out, Christopher Reeve made an excellent Superman when he had great material in front of him, but there's two (and I'd argue three) examples where he couldn't save the films.

So with that said, I'd be willing to give Cavill another chance. 'Course, I'd want to have a sit-down with him, discuss life and the script to see if indeed he'd work with it. If he did, then he'd have the job. If not, I'd just hire someone else.

As I have a story in mind that would allow me to get rid of the Snyderverse while keeping Cavill and all the people I love from those movies (as I have no problem with the majority of the actors, it's the scripts that suck). But of course, if I wasn't allowed to do that and I just had to start from scratch, that would mean no Henry Cavill involvement.

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