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'Man of Steel' introduces a brand new Superman

Director Zack Snyder, star Henry Cavill didn't want to take anything from previous film versions.
by Matthew Price Modified: June 13, 2013 at 3:52 pm •  Published: June 14, 2013

Cavill said taking pieces from previous Supermen could have led to an inconsistent feel.

“I wanted to have my interpretation, not out of a sense of ego, but a sense of the fact that it might be a disjointed performance, if I have someone else's personality and their influence affecting the interpretation of the character,” Cavill said. “So, I just went straight to comic books. Yes, I have watched the older movies, but I did not apply those performances to mine.”

The story of the film recounts Superman's origin and early adventures, but isn't drawn from any one Superman story. Cavill said he looked internally to guide the journey of young Clark Kent discovering who he was.

“As far as the conflict that he went through or the journey, it wasn't about classic Superman material,” Cavill said. “There's a lot of difference — when you see Clark traveling through the world trying to work out what and who and why he is. I didn't go to source material for that. I applied my own life to it.”

Cavill said life as an actor can be a lonely existence, similar to Clark Kent's journeys during the first part of “Man of Steel.”

“You spend a lot of time by yourself, and you meet new people,” Cavill said. “You make temporary family. You love them, and then you never see them again, potentially, apart from the odd news conference. And you just apply that to the character; and that's exactly what he experiences, is new groups of people constantly, and then disappearing, and having to introduce himself to these other people, and prove to them that he's a nice guy and that he tries to do all the right stuff.”

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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