Christopher Reeve is still the most famous person to ever play the Man of Steel on the big screen, but Henry Cavill, who will again don the red cape for 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, isn’t trying to fill Reeve’s shoes.
In a recent interview with Studio Cine Live (translated by Batman News), Cavill said that he approaches playing Clark Kent a bit differently than Reeves did, while still attempting to keep the character’s secret identity a, well… secret.
“Comparisons with Christopher Reeve’s clumsy Clark Kent are inevitable,” Cavill said. “My Clark Kent is trying to be as small and invisible as possible. If you’re awkward and spilling things constantly, people are going to notice you, and that’s not the best way to go unseen. You have to admit, it’s not a remarkable disguise, just a pair of glasses. He’d like to think that no one will believe he could be Superman. How could such a delicate flower be a living god? Preposterous.”
You can see his point. Everyone is going to notice the clumsy guy who in constantly spilling his coffee or stubbing his toe. For Cavill, he just wants Clark Kent to be as anonymous as possible. Makes sense, actually.