There is no question about Superman's popularity, but Henry Cavill's portrayal of him in "The Man of Steel" did not really captivate all audiences. While some absolutely loved him, others simply did not.
Cavill acknowledged this lukewarm reception during an interview with Cineplex.
"The reception of my first 'Superman' movie, from what I've read, was fairly mixed," he said during a phone conversation from New York. "Everyone I've spoken to enjoyed the movie, but (not) unlike if you're going to meet a stranger in the street, they're not going to badmouth you to your face."
As much as people hope that things will be different and take on a different course in Zack Snyder's "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice," Cavill said that this is not the case.
"There's no intentional move, I don't think, in 'Batman v. Superman' to address any issues that people had with 'Man of Steel.' It's just a continuation of that storyline and they continue to develop that world and introduce new characters," he explained.
However, Cavill hopes that fans would still give the movie a shot. Some people might be upset with what they did to the superhero's story, but Cavill said that there are a lot of redeeming factors in store - and one of these is the inner turmoil faced by Superman in the movie. Cavill thinks that it would add a rich depth into the storyline.
"I think maybe people may look down on some popular-culture stuff, but they're actually very complicated and interesting characters," he said. "Superman especially, he's just wonderfully rich and one of those things, for me, that's just enjoyable to play. There's so far you can go with it; if you really, really delve deep into the character, there's so much you can do. It's just about exploring it within the vehicles and finding what you want to do. He's going to have some very interesting character development in this one."
Aside from Cavill's Superman, other stars of the film include Ben Affleck as a middle-aged Batman, Jesse Eisenberg as the villainous Lex Luthor, and Amy Adams as Clark Kent's love interest and ace reporter Lois Lane. Two other superheroes from the Justice League will also be making their first appearances in the film such as Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman and Jason Momoa's Aquaman.
"Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" will be released in cinemas on March 25, 2016.