While the Immortals promotional campaign continues, Henry Cavill continues to be interviewed and answers some cursory questions about his role of Superman in Man of Steel. What follows are excerpts from some of those interviews.
Q: Shooting Man of Steel you’ve got people wondering things like what earthly tools are strong enough to shave or maintain Superman’s beard. Is it a strange thing to deal with, people focusing so much on these kinds of non-serious aspects instead of your work?
HENRY CAVILL: [Laughs] I think in this day and age it’s all part and parcel. There are people taking photographs of us working all the time. It’s just one of those things; you’ve got to take it in stride. And you know, I put all the prep work into it. I’m not necessarily being shot in the best, most flattering of lights, but I put the hard work in and the performance will come later. People will see the movie, hopefully. It’ll help when people see these photos beforehand, from various movies, to sell them more on the character. So it’s less of that transition phase from seeing an actor on screen to believing a character and getting wrapped up in the story being told. Superman’s such a familiar character, so deeply ingrained in pop cultural history.
Q: What do you think fans will be most surprised to see added to the canon in Man of Steel?
HENRY CAVILL: There’s only so much I can say, I’m afraid, about the job or the character. But what I can tell you is that we’re going to make him easier to relate to, and it’s a modernization of the role.
"There are a lot of people who have dedicated their life to loving this character. ... Their opinion does matter," noted Cavill. "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.'" Cavill likened the "Man of Steel" version of the Superman story, written by screenwriter David S. Goyer and directed by "300" mastermind Zack Snyder, to "The New 52," DC Comics' dramatic revamping of the origins and costumes of many DC Universe titles and characters, including Wonder Woman and Green Lantern. "When that came out, everyone went, 'Arrhhh! Everything's changed,'" exclaimed Cavill. "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."