‘You feel the character effect’: Henry Cavill says playing Sherlock Holmes has as much ‘greatness’ as playing Superman

With the debut of Netflix Enola Holmes, a mystery thriller starring Millie Bobby Brown as the titular teenage sister of famed private eye Henry Cavill has become the latest actor to play Sherlock Holmes. Since the character was born on the pages of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s books, other actors have put their spins on Sherlock, and Cavill commented that the work holds just as much. ‘Greatness’ like playing Superman.

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As one of the most popular and adapted fictional characters of all time, Sherlock Holmes has had countless different interpretations over the years. Many people’s first thought when they hear the name is always Basil Rathbone, and his last live appearance was in 1946, but he’s just one of many artists to don the top hat. He was last played by Benedict Cumberbatch in his BBC series, Sherlock.

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Henry Cavill and his character portfolio

Henry Cavill debuted as the Last Son of Krypton in Warner Bros. and DC’s Steel mandirector Zack Snyder’s remake of the Superman film series that established the DC Extended Universe brand in 2013.

Cavill returned to the character two years later in Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justicethen again in 2017 Justice League. While some fans have praised Cavill’s portrayal of Superman, others have been less pleased with what’s seen as a darker take on the normally hopeful figure.

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Henry Cavill as Superman

The British actor’s two-fisted take on Sherlock Holmes returns in the contemporary sequel to Enola Holmes 2, which will be available on Netflix on Friday, in which the detective teams up with his younger sister (Millie Bobby Brown), who is also a detective. According to Cavill, Sherlock was a guide to Enola in the first film, released in 2020. In the new adventure, the roles are reversed: “He starts in a tough place, so she helps him out.”

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When asked Witcher star in an interview “When you go up against a Sherlock or a Superman, do you feel their cultural weight and what precedes them, or do you treat them like people you need to get to know?” Henry Cavill simply say,

Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill
Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill

“I like the way you phrased that, as people I need to get to know. That’s the way to do it. If you approach it as something else then there’s a certain greatness attached, which can affect the performance. If you want to be as honest and true as possible, you have to try to see it through his eyes. Certainly, with Superman, you feel the effect of the character.”

While most people are familiar with Sherlock Holmes, Cavill was unfamiliar with the source material and thus avoided feeling the pressure to deliver a flawless take on the character. However, he put in a decent showing as a private detective in Netflix’s 2020 hit. After Superman and Geralt of Rivia, the 37-year-old seems to have added another world-famous figure to his portfolio.

Henry Cavill has the same respect for Superman and Sherlock Holmes

Henry Cavill excels in portraying intense characters. the witcher star can surpass the best of them in Enola Holmes and Superman in the DC Extended Universe. Since he has now represented both Sherlock’s intellect and Superman’s brawn, he was asked in the interview how the two characters compare and whether Superman or Sherlock would win in a fight.

Henry Cavill as Sherlock Holmes with Millie Bobby Brown in Enola Holmes (2020).
Cavill as Sherlock Holmes with Millie Bobby Brown in Enola Holmes

Of course, Cavill is fiercely protective of Superman and everything he stands for. “Well, my God. First of all, Superman isn’t just muscular,” Cavill said. Of course, as the batman versus superman star pointed out that he holds both characters with the same ‘Greatness’.

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The Sherlock in which we meet Enola Holmes was never intended to be more than a supporting character, giving Cavill more leeway than usual to hone his approach to creating the role. However, we could see Cavill taking a new approach to the legendary character this time around.

On November 4, Netflix will release Enola Holmes 2.

Source: USA Today

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