Henry Cavill's portrayal of Superman in the film Man of Steel is widely regarded as one of the best versions of the iconic superhero. Unfortunately, our enjoyment of Cavill's performance was short-lived. While Cavill's casting was highly praised for his perfect embodiment of the character, the choice of director, Zack Snyder, also sparked a lot of discussion. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the movie was adored by fans who applauded both Cavill's performance and Snyder's direction.
Interestingly, Snyder was not the first choice to direct Man of Steel. Before him, a list of nine directors, including Guillermo del Toro, Robert Zemeckis, Ben Affleck, Matt Reeves, and Tony Scott, were considered for the role. Producer Christopher Nolan and writer David S. Goyer, who were attached to the project, had carefully selected these directors for their unique vision and style. However, it was ultimately Snyder who seized the opportunity to helm the film. Many of these directors went on to have significant roles in future DC films. Affleck became the DCEU's Batman, and Reeves directed Robert Pattinson's upcoming film, The Batman.
However, some of the action sequences in Man of Steel are still considered iconic and superior to recent DC projects. Now, we eagerly await James Gunn's interpretation of the character with David Corenswet as the new Last Son of Krypton. In conclusion, Henry Cavill's performance as Superman in Man of Steel impressed audiences, but the opportunity for other directors to helm the film was also exciting. Despite the success of the film's action sequences, the DCEU faced challenges moving forward. It remains to be seen how the character will be interpreted in future films.