Originally Posted by lc23
If someone has a problem with Clark Kent/Kal-El/Superman's characterization in Man of Steel, it's not Henry Cavill who's at fault for that. Henry did an excellent job with the material he was provided. Is he the best actor ever? No, but I think he's pretty good and has the potential to be even better with more work and experience with better material. I think STARMAN hit the nail right on the head in that people confuse flamboyancy for charisma. I don't understand the need for Henry's real personality to come through seeing as he's playing Superman onscreen, not himself (you know, the whole point of acting). If you want more RDJ-style hammy, scenery-chewing, watch that, rather than unfairly expecting it from other actors who are actually trying to act.
I feel like this is one of the moments in the script that allowed for Henry to really become Superman. His serious, but reserved and thoughtful qualities are brought to life, and I think Henry's mannerisms were spot on.
I thought Routh was robbed for SR, and I think Cavill was more than robbed. He had the potential to the BEST Superman torn away by a flawed screenwriter and a director who didn't care enough to have someone fix it, or didn't see anything wrong with it. (For MOS, anyway)