Zack Snyder Wasted Henry Cavill Says Kingsman Director


Kingsman Director Matthew Vaughn shares his opinion on how Zack Snyder missed showcasing Henry Cavill as Superman more effectively. As any filmmaker who is also fond of superheroes, Vaughn has his own point of view on how the Last Son of Krypton could have been better shown on the big screen.

While Cavill has donned the red and blue suit bearing the symbol that is not an “S” for truth and justice, there are fans who think that he could have had a better shot given better material. Vaughn apparently thinks the same.

With fans expecting Argylle to arrive under Apple Original Films this year, there’s no stopping Cavill’s past acting credits from being talked about again. His time as Clark Kent and Superman will always be connected to his name.

Kingsman Director Thinks Zack Snyder Could Have Brightened Up Henry Cavill’s Superman

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In an interview with The Wrap back in 2021 via FandomWire, Vaughn revealed:

I was desperate to do a Superman film. Desperate. I pitched a big Superman movie before they made ‘Man of Steel.’ I just got to work with Henry Cavill, which was lovely, on ‘Argylle’ and he’s unbelievable in it. I still think there’s room for a new Superman film, but a proper Superman film. A colorful, fun Superman movie. Not a dark one.

Evidently, the director felt Cavill’s personality was a snug fit for the mild-mannered boy scout profile of Superman. Specifically, saying ‘not a dark one’ speaks thousands of words on how much of a ‘miss’ he thinks that opportunity was for Zack Snyder. To him, pitting Superman and Batman together in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice after Man of Steel was such a ‘mistake’. He said:

I just thought it was a mistake putting the Batman vibe into the Superman world. I just think they’re two separate — they’re just not relatable in any way, in my mind.

In his mind, Superman should have had a different feel from that of the Caped Crusader. He continued:

It should be fun. I mean, look, ‘The Dark Knight’ was obviously different, and it made sense and it was brilliant, as a film and as a comic. But Superman was always… I loved the [Richard] Donner ‘Superman’ movie,…

He also proceeded to cite Wonder Woman and the movie’s success due to the feeling that it gave to Diana Prince.

…and I think ‘Wonder Woman’ worked because, I think, ‘Wonder Woman’ was basically remaking [Donner’s] ‘Superman’ in a weird way. Yeah, I love Superman.

Multi-award-winning director Richard Donner was at the helm of the 1978 Superman starring the legendary Christopher Reeve. The classic superhero who captured the hearts of many DC fans and moviegoers for generations.

Henry Cavill could have also delivered that kind of Superman in Vaughn’s mind. Alas, Snyder had his own vision and now Cavill won’t be Superman ‘after all’ in the new DCU that co-CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran have brewing.

Kingsman Director Thinks He And Henry Cavill Could Have Made Superman More Fun


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Aside from the Kingsman franchise, Vaughn helmed other popular titles, namely Stardust, Kickass and X-Men: First Class.

Personally, I absolutely enjoyed his live-action adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust, which starred Daredevil Charlie Cox and Romeo and Juliet‘s Claire Danes. The two Kickass movies are also my favourite which allowed Chloe Grace Moretz to shine. And Vaughn’s movie about the beginnings of Charles Xavier’s mutant school is among the superhero movies I don’t find tiring to rewatch.

Even though I also found Snyder’s DC movies interesting, and I still would have hoped for his story to get its full closure at least, this bit of information about what could have been Superman before does make me think. What could have Vaughn’s Superman been like? If Cavill could have had that kind of story, what would he have been like?

By now, these questions could very well just be ‘what-ifs’. But at least they have the upcoming Argylle to serve viewers. Cavill has moved on about being Superman. But who’s to say he can’t don the cape again someday?

Argylle is on schedule for release this year under Apple Original Films.

What do you make of this news? Can you picture Henry Cavill as a ‘more fun’ Superman? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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