Action Comics Writer Explains Problem With Henry Cavill’s Superman


Action Comics writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson explains why he prefers Christopher Reeve’s portrayal of Superman to Henry Cavill’s heroic version.

Action Comics writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson recently spoke about why he isn’t a fan of Henry Cavill’s portrayal of Superman and why he prefers Christopher Reeve’s take on the Man of Steel.

“I have such a clear view of who Superman is,” Johnson revealed during a panel at New York Comic Con 2021 that CBR attended. “And a lot of times, you know, obviously other writers have their versions in their heads too and sometimes I see a version of Superman who doesn’t – when he does something that isn’t what he would do, I kind of come, in my headcanon, it becomes fan fiction like ‘No that’s not how it would be.’ “

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The comic book author further explained his take on the superhero character, noting, “I guess it’s very similar to Christopher Reeve’s voice, and to Christopher Reeve’s listening, but, but more like exhibited physically and in the context of these big, epic storylines but I love it. “

“That version of Superman where he was right, there isn’t, like when he smiles, it’s like there’s no ego in it, there’s no arrogance, it ‘is just like,’ I’m your friend, I’ll help you, ‘”Johnson continued. “You know, like when he catches it in the helicopter and you have to use it, he kind of smiles like everything is fine.”

Reeve made his Clark Kent / Superman debut in the 1978s Superman, following a two-year search for Hollywood’s Steel man. He reprized the role in Superman ii (1980), Superman iii (1983) and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. Unlike Reeve’s Superman, Johnson suggested that Cavill’s version of Superman is too confrontational and insecure to make a solid hero.

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“I don’t mean like physically or his game or even that – but just the approach of the Steel man movie in which he’s sort of looking for himself and you might see him make a mistake or he has opportunities to help and he might not do it right away or he’s in conflict, you know like they like to see a Superman more relatable and that’s not what I like at all, “the writer concluded.” I want to see, I want [a] Superman who shows us the way and shows how we’re meant to be, he’s always the best of us. “

Henry Cavill first appeared as Kent / Superman in 2013 Steel man. He reprized the role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Justice League (2017) and Zack Snyder Justice League (2021). The Snyder cut of Justice League is now streaming on HBO Max.

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Source: New York Comic Con

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