TotalFilm caught up with Henry Cavill, who’s currently shooting The Man From U.N.C.L.E. in England, and asked him his thoughts on the infamous casting of Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the next Superman film. In a shocking turn of events, Cavill- brace yourselves- toed the company line. He expresses nothing but optimism and excitement. I know, you were expecting him to say, “That wanker is going to ruin the picture and steal my spotlight! What about my bloody sequel? When do I get to show my growth as a character, in the aftermath of thousands dying on my first day on the job? This whole thing is rubbish!“
Instead, here are Cavill’s completely predictable comments, which sound exactly like what every other WB crony has said about Affleck (think they sent around bullet-points to everyone?):
“I’m sure he’ll be fantastic, above all else, and as a filmmaker he’s got his own style, you know, he’s not copying anyone else. And he’s also sort of been tenacious in his career. He’s had ups followed by downs and now he’s very up again and I think that requires and shows a very special strength of character, and it’s something I enjoy working with because jobs like this require a strength of character. They require a dedication to the work and a belief in oneself and Ben has that, clearly.”
So there you have it. Take a moment to soak it all in. Cavill didn’t besmirch, question, or insult the man he’s going to spend several months working with next year, then subsequently spend months promoting with and building towards a JLA movie. Brave, bold answers like these really spark the imagination while quelling concerns.
Okay, okay. I kid. He did the best he could with a softball question that he’s undoubtedly going to have to answer hundreds of times between now and then. I just always think this line of questioning, and the political answers that follow it, belongs exclusively in the “What did you think he was going to say?” bin.