Since Man of Steel debuted in 2013, fans on all sides have debating the merits and failings of the shared universe that fans called the DC Extended Universe. This new Superman outing was followed by the very divisive Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and the similarly divisive Suicide Squad before Wonder Woman came along this summer to seemingly right the somewhat sinking ship.
While the fans will likely never come to agreement about those previous films and if they worked or not, Superman himself has now joined the side that states that mistakes were made in the earlier films for this DC shared universe.
Speaking with The Rake for a piece called Poetic Justice [Via: Heroic Hollywood], Cavill spoke candidly about the issues with the previous films and their tones and why they might not have worked. While many out there try to pit the worlds of DC & Marvel against one another in the film sphere, Cavill broke those fan lines by stating that Marvel’s existence had nothing to do with DC’s issues.
“Even if Marvel didn’t exist, we’d struggle. There was a style they [DC] were going for, an attempt to be different and look at things from a slightly different perspective, which hasn’t necessarily worked,” Cavill said. “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.”
Both Batman V. Superman and Suicide Squad were the financial successes that Cavill mentions but unlike a majority of the Marvel films on the other side they did not achieve that overall critical success meter. Wonder Woman was the first of the four films to do that as despite it’s flaws it was almost universally liked or loved.
Just like many of those critics Cavill was quick to praise Wonder Woman and point out how it did things right and how it gives that superhero sensation he mentioned previously.
“I think it is a wonderful time for the female hero. It is the perfect setting in social politics right now, we need it, we want that perspective, and Wonder Woman has struck at the ideal time and has become a phenomenal success, which is fantastic,” he said. “Any success within the superhero universe, especially within the DC Universe, is wonderful, because I want to keep telling the Superman story; selfishly, that works for me.”
With rumors swirling that Warner Bros. has been eyeing a true proper Man of Steel sequel, it’s not hard to imagine that Cavill likes that Wonder Woman allowed Gal Gadot to play the joys and fun of a superhero (as it pulled heavy inspiration from the original Superman film) and wishes he could do the same with Superman instead of the starker more brooding style that the previous films called for.
“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,” Cavill said. “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.”
So while many fans on the opposing side will likely jump to criticize Cavill, he is not just panning what has come before. His opinion is being expressed, much like how Geoff Johns and others are now on record similarly, that previous tones might not have worked out the way that the studio had hoped for the heroes and now they can actually try to better capture the right tone with the future films.
Audiences will get to see if that future will continue to be brighter in just a few weeks when Justice League arrives on November 17.