The Internet’s embrace of Henry Cavill has been heartwarming.
Cavill has had an interesting few weeks to say the least. After being released from his role as Superman in the DC Extended Universe, he reportedly returned to the red cape in the post-credits scene. Black Adam. He triumphantly announced that he had resumed the role. At the same time, it was announced that Cavill will not return for the fourth season of the series The Witcher. It was then announced that he had been removed as Superman again. Now he works a Warhammer display
Cavill’s career has been something of a roller coaster. He has often seemed like a star just waiting for the right car to arrive, Charlie Brown chasing football, which always just unavailable. In his own words, he was very “close” to taking on the role of James Bond in 2006. According to director Bryan Singer, Cavill was considered to play Superman seven years ago. Man of steelbeing shortlisted to wear the dresses Superman returns.
The response to Cavill’s tumultuous few weeks has been very helpful. GameRant opined that “Henry Cavill deserves better than Netflix The Witcher“. Hashtag Show asked DC. “Why are you trashing Henry Cavill?” The Independent claimed the studio “didn’t deserve him”. News.com.au claimed the decision not to give Henry Cavill another chance to play Superman was “a mistake”. There was a recurring feeling in the coverage that Cavill had been treated unfairly.
Why has the internet slammed Cavill as a performer who deserves more than he’s been given? To be fair, it’s definitely better to be nice to strangers than to be mean to them. Anyone who has lost a job probably deserves some sympathy, especially a job they were passionate about. However, Internet reactions to such news are not always internally consistent. After all, Cavill is far from the only person out of a job in this chaotic reshuffle.
It seems, for example, that there has been noticeably less sympathy for Patty Jenkins since her departure from the third. Wonder woman film, which appears to be part of the same remake. Part of this may be due to rumors that he chose to leave, which Jenkins himself denied. However, it seems to be a very similar situation. Jenkins is as excited about Wonder Woman as Cavill is about Superman.
Indeed, Jenkins’ career is quite similar to Cavill’s. Like Cavill, he spent years waiting to be given creative opportunities. He burst into directing A monster In 2003, the film that won Charlize Theron an Oscar for Best Actress. It would be 14 years before Jenkins made his next feature film, Wonder woman. At that time, he was hired as a director Thor: The Dark World:but he parted ways with Marvel when they refused to let him make the movie he wanted to make.
Like Cavill, Jenkins’ career changes aren’t just related to the DC universe. In December 2020, it was announced that Jenkins would direct Rogue squadwhich would be the next theatrical one Star Wars movie The project was delayed and Jenkins left it, at least temporarily, to push the product forward. Wonder Woman 3. Jenkins’ recent comments are suggestive Rogue squad is in “active development” but still needs approval from Disney and The Star Wars movie franchise has been volatile, to say the least. The story is similar to the one Henry Cavill faced. Jenkins was a talent that was somewhere between the two mental qualities he loved.
Internet empathy is a fickle thing, branching out in directions that are often arbitrary and difficult to define. It’s unfortunate that Cavill lost a role that obviously means a lot to him. However, it’s hard to quantify that it’s objectively sadder than director Zack Snyder being forced out of the film’s production. justice league because he “lost the will to fight” over the studio’s meddling in the film after his daughter Autumn’s suicide. However, Snyder never really got the sympathy that Cavill has.
There is perhaps a cynical reading in all this. It can seem like internet fans have adopted the habits of collectors, treating live-action performers like precious figurines. It doesn’t matter which two The Amazing Spider-Man! films were widely ignored or hated; fans loved it Spider-Man. No Way Home: brought back Andrew Garfield. It’s a strange type of nostalgia where an actor separates himself not only from the film around him, but also from the content of his performance to make them worthwhile.
Not that Cavill is conscientious a movie star who has consistently demonstrated his worth to audiences. It seems fair to admit that Cavill’s work on such projects Man of steel, Batman v Supermanand: justice league was divisive. There’s a valid argument for how those films use Superman, but like every actor to don the S-shield since Christopher Reeve, Cavill’s interpretation of the character hasn’t been consistently recognized.
Cavill’s work outside of the franchise has also been scattered. Perhaps the actor’s most acclaimed role was as secret agent Napoleon Solo in the Guy Ritchie adaptation. The man from Uncle. Even then, critics seemed to be paying backhanded compliments. In The New York TimesManohla Dargis praised Cavill as a “charming tough guy”. At Den of Geek, Don Kay noted that Cavill delivered a “casual charm and nonchalance that help make up for his essential sloppiness.”
The man from Uncle was conceived as another potential Cavill franchise with early plans for a sequel. However, the film underperformed at the box office, and there were few indications that audiences were particularly enthusiastic. The film received a “B” CinemaScore, the same grade as Batman v Superman. Although the film has been retrospectively hailed as an underrated gem, it received lukewarm reviews at the time.
Cavill’s only other major role in the film is as August Walker Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Fallout: was released in July 2018, a few months later justice league, which would seem to mark the end of that phase of the DC cinematic universe. It seemed like the right time to change the story, as critics like Darren French singled out the film’s “Henry Cavill redemption.” There’s no denying that the film makes effective use of Cavill, especially in scenes like bathroom brawls and helicopter chases.
Nevertheless, Fallout: it didn’t exactly mark Cavill’s recent departure. The film didn’t work because it cast the actor in a new light. It worked because it was a movie that spoke to Cavill’s previous roles. As in Top Gun: Maverick:central tension Fallout: stems from pitting Tom Cruise against a younger movie star. Specifically, the conflict Fallout: was between Cruise’s old-fashioned fierce hero Ethan Hunt and Cavill’s dark and gritty brute-force modern-day antihero August Walker.
Perhaps this reappraisal of Henry Cavill has nothing to do with anything on screen. Perhaps it’s rooted in the actor’s off-screen persona. After all, in the age of social media and podcasts, actors are more accessible than ever before. It’s something of a double-edged sword, as Cavill’s DC star Gal Gadot discovered with her cheeky celebrity cover for Imagine. Then again, it’s not like Cavill has completely avoided his embarrassing interview moments.
Still, there’s something to be said for how Cavill has crafted his off-screen persona. “Reality” is a difficult metric to measure, but it’s important in the age of celebrity social media. The audience just doesn’t want access. they want honesty. A carefully calculated and groomed social media presence can actively alienate the fan base he is about to court. Indeed, this is perhaps the problem facing Cavill’s friend Dwayne Johnson, whose persona can feel more engineered than organic.
It’s hard to quantify, but Cavill seems like a really nice guy. In particular, it feels like her take on being reckless and reckless has gone a long way to endearing her to an online fan base that shares those interests. Cavill builds his own gaming PCs, talks enthusiastically about how he prefers gaming to going out, shares pictures of tabletop models he’s drawn, and happily poses for photos with Games Workshop UK staff.
There is something very attractive about this. Henry Cavill is “one of us”. it just so happens that he too as if carved from marble. In a popular culture that doesn’t embrace madness, Cavill is an appealing avatar. It helps that none of these personalities feel centered or forced. Cavill isn’t pandering to fans for a specific cause, he’s just sharing his interests like anyone else with the same passions might. It resonates with fans online.
If there is any ambiguity here. It’s wonderful that the Internet has shown its sympathy and sympathy for Henry Cavill as a man who has consistently become involved in the machinations of faceless media conglomerates, despite the subjective misgivings the Internet may have. the quality of his work. It’s just interesting to note that this empathy extends to some individuals and not others, and that the determining factors can often feel arbitrary.