Henry Cavill who played Superman in Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and will be appearing in Justice League on November 17th, spoke in a recent interview with The Rake, on how the DC Films have been successful financially, but not with the critics or some of the viewers, due to not having the sensation of which they view how superheroes should be.
It’s no secret that outside from Wonder Woman, all the DC Extended Universe have been panned by the critics, but have all done with at the box office, Cavill then goes on to talk on Wonder Woman’s success with the critics and how the film is the first step in the right direction in story telling for the DC movies.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.