Henry Cavill, ‘Man Of Steel’ Star, Talks 'Justice League' Movie, Lost Bond & 'Twilight' Roles
Henry Cavill, the British actor who landed the iconic role of Superman in Man of Steel, has been hopping around the globe promoting his new movie, and revealing past career hurdles and what may or may not be in store for him in the future.
Since Man of Steel’s successful opening weeks at the office have it on track to become one of the top grossing films of the year, the sequel is getting fast-tracked into production. What’s more? There’s been talk that a Justice League film – featuring Superman, Batman, Green Goblin and Wonder Woman among others – could soon be on the way. Cavill, however, says not so fast.
“Justice League could be great if done correctly," said Cavill. "It's a very tough one to do because the DC Comic heroes are all god-like in their power,” he told ABC News. “So in this real-world universe, real-world setting we're telling our story in, it's going to be tough to achieve that. It has to be done very delicately, with a lot of thought. So, it won't be right away. I hope it's not, anyway. It may take some time of building up other movies and other characters and introducing them together in one way or another."
Prior to being cast in the enviable superhero role, Cavill, who was once known as “Fat Cavill” to his peers, got turned down for some major parts. Daniel Craig beat out Cavill for the role of secret agent James Bond, according to the actor. Even more interestingly, Cavill lost out to fellow Brit Robert Pattinson twice – for the role of Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and Edward Cullen in Twilight.
Henry Cavill lost out to Robert Pattinson for the role of Edward Cullen in Twilight
While Cavill will likely have an easier time in the audition rooms following Man of Steel’s success, some credit might also be due to his celebrity trainer Mark Twight who morphed both Cavill’s physicality and psyche to play Superman. “I would have to say that Henry [who gained 20 lbs for the role eating 5000 calories and working out for 2 grueling hours a day] turned into a man on this show," he told ABC. “And not only in terms of physically, he made enormous changes, but in the way that he carried himself in relating and adapting to other people.”
Man of Steel is currently in wide release.