Actor Henry Cavill is reportedly returning to play Superman again in a new film, and if he has his way, he’ll stick around for “years to come” in the role.
Speaking to Variety, Cavill said he was proud to play Superman in three films–Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Justice League. He said playing Superman has changed how fans see him, and he recognizes the responsibility attached to that.
“With a character like that, you carry the mantle with you off set. And it becomes part of your public representation. When you meet children, children don’t necessarily see me as Henry Cavill, but they might see Superman, and there’s a responsibility which comes with that,” Cavill explained. “Because it’s such a wonderful character, it’s actually a responsibility I’m happy to have, and I hope that I get to play more of Superman in years to come.”
In May, Deadline reported that Cavill was “in talks” to play Superman again in a smaller role for the upcoming DC movies Shazam 2, Black Adam, or Aquaman 2, but not in a new standalone movie.
Also in the Variety interview, Cavill said playing Superman has changed his life “dramatically.” It’s opened new doors for him and “changed the entire course of my career,” he said.
Cavill also said he’s learned more about himself through playing Superman. Clark Kent/Superman is a good and kind person, and Cavill said playing the part has led to his own self-reflection.
“You start to really look inwards,” Cavill said. “You say, ‘Am I a good person? Can I be a good enough person to play Superman?’ And if you ever hear a whisper in there which is like, ‘Hmm, hold on a second. Maybe not,’ then you adjust it, and you make sure you are a better person. I think that’s all we can do in life.”
Cavill is also the star of Netflix’s fantasy show The Witcher, which is set to begin production again on Season 2 in the UK this August.