Henry Cavill celebrates his 38th birthday on May 5, 2021. By the standards of Hollywood, he already has several star roles in stock at such a young age. He has appeared in several major franchises and still serves as Superman in the DC Expanded Cinematic Universe. Let’s hope that the actor will delight the audience more often with his appearance on the screens. In the meantime, we recall the best films and the best roles of Henry Cavill.
Man of Steel (2013)
Henry Cavill got the opportunity to star in a movie at 17 in the movie “Laguna.” It turned out to be pretty average. Nevertheless, the actor was periodically called for minor roles in larger projects (“Tristan and Isolde,” “Stardust”). And then he was even invited to one of the leading roles in the TV series “The Tudors.” The high-quality performance and success of the series led to the fact that Cavilla was noticed by the studio Warner Bros., which invited the actor to audition for the role of Superman in the film “Man of Steel” by Zack Snyder. Interestingly, Cavill wanted the role back in 2006, but then Brandon Ruth became Superman.
Zach Snyder completely shed his ties to the old hero movies, focusing on creating a new story. Even with some weaknesses in the plot, “Man of Steel” was well-received by comic book fans and critics. And Henry Cavill won MTV’s Best Hero Award. The plot of the film partially repeats many comics about the superhero. Kal-El was sent to Earth as a child because his home planet, Krypton, is dying. His capsule falls in the United States on the farm of Jonathan and Martha Kent, who adopt the child and raise him like a family. Clark, this name he received from his earthly parents, grows up, receives superpowers, and begins to help people. But one day, Kal-El overtakes his past – the Kryptonian general Zod arrives on Earth to avenge his father’s sins on his son.
With this film, construction began on the so-called DC Extended Cinematic Universe. Through the sequel to Man of Steel, Zack Snyder introduced characters such as Batman and Wonder Woman. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice also took viewers to Justice League. There were a lot of problems with the last film. Snyder himself began to shoot it, but Joss Whedon was already finishing it due to various events. Critics and audiences smashed the theatrical version. And fans started clamoring for the director’s cut. In 2021, thanks to years of the onslaught of viewers, Zach Snyder’s Justice League really saw the light of day, which became a big event in the world of cinema. And all this time, Henry Cavill shone in the role of Superman.
“Agents A.N.K.L.” (The Man from UNCLE, 2015)
The success of Man of Steel made Cavill a true Hollywood star. The doors of a big cinema opened before him. In 2015, he was invited to play in Guy Ritchie’s “Agents of ANKL,” based on the TV series of the same name from the 60s. He got into such actors as Hugh Grant, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, and Elizabeth Debicki. A strong cast, a superbly rendered atmosphere of the 60s, a dynamic and funny style of Richie’s storytelling, a story specially invented for the film, not told in the old series – all this was supposed to be the key to the success of Agents A.N.K.L. as well as a reinforcement for Cavill’s star status. However, the film flopped at the box office, even with accolades from both critics and audiences, which was very unusual.
The film takes place in the 60s at the height of the Cold War. Two of the best secret agents in the world, Napoleon Solo (CIA) and Ilya Kuryakin (KGB), are trying to eliminate each other for the good of their own country. However, a terrible player appears on the world stage – a neo-fascist organization with access to nuclear weapons. Two implacable enemies will have to put aside the ax of war to deal with a global problem. To do this, they will have to gain confidence in the daughter of a German scientist and then infiltrate the ranks of a criminal organization.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout, 2018
Mission Impossible is an exciting franchise that has been developing for 25 years while having only six films available (the seventh is on its way). In the fourth and fifth parts, one of the leading roles was played by Jeremy Renner, whom the studio had long considered to replace Tom Cruise as the protagonist of future tapes in the series. However, the actor completely immersed himself in projects based on Marvel comics, so much so that he did not act in film at all in the sixth part. As a result, Paramount Pictures found one actor who could adequately stay on the screen with Cruise – Henry Cavill. He played his role perfectly.
According to the plot, two years have passed since the events of the fifth film. Followers of the detained OMN (Mission: Impossible) Solomon Lane, who call themselves “Apostles,” kidnapped three plutonium spheres for portable bombs from the Russian nuclear test site in Kolyma. Ethan Hunt assembles his team, and the director of the CIA dispatches his special agent, August Walker, to help them. Together they will have to prevent the transfer of plutonium to terrorists, prevent the release of Solomon Lane, and also deal with all the spies who work on three sides at once.
The Witcher (2019)
The Witcher is a series whose first and so far the only season was released in 2019 on Netflix. It is based on a series of books by the Polish science fiction writer Andrzej Sapkowski. There was a lot of controversy surrounding the cast of the series. At first, the audience exploded at the casting stage when they wanted to take a dark-skinned actress for the role of Ciri, a girl of Slavic origin. With the release of The Witcher, they began to discuss the successful or unsuccessful hit of Ani Chalotra in the image of Yennefer. However, there was one actor to whom there were no complaints – this is Henry Cavill. The actor has an excellent physique, while he moves well and plays well. Largely thanks to Cavill, “The Witcher” as a whole turned out to be an excellent series.
The Witcher Geralt of Rivia travels the world on his horse named Roach and kills monsters on the way for a fee. A swamp monster, a werewolf princess, or a horde of zombies – he can deal with any evil spirits. Meanwhile, in a rural wilderness, a girl Yennefer lives, whom nature has deprived of her appearance, but she has given talent for magic. The family gladly exchanges it for food when such an offer comes in. Another line develops with the participation of the young heiress to the throne of the kingdom of Cintra named Ciri, who is forced to flee when the invaders from Nilfgaard arrive. One day the paths of all the heroes will converge together.
Enola Holmes (2020)
Despite his still growing popularity, Henry Cavill is not shy about playing supporting roles. Besides, sometimes they are quite interesting. For example, Cavill played the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, in Enola Holmes, an adaptation of Nancy Springer’s amateur novel The Investigations of Enola Holmes. The case of the disappeared marquis ”. After the images of Superman or Geralt, it is quite unexpected to see an actor in such a role. Nevertheless, Cavill does an excellent job with the task. The main role, Sherlock’s sister named Enola, was played by Millie Bobby Brown, the star of Stranger Things. The film turned out to be very dynamic and unusual and received quite good reviews from the audience, given the liberty to interpret the classics.
In the center of the story is the sister of the famous Sherlock Holmes named Enola. On her 16th birthday, the girl discovers that her mother has disappeared without a trace. At the same time, the brothers are not particularly going to go to help. Moreover, Mycroft is doing his best to send Enola to a private school for girls. She is not satisfied with this prospect, so she runs away from her brothers, comes to London, and will personally look for her mother, who, by the way, was played by Helena Bonham Carter. From childhood, the girl was taught everything possible – from chess to jiu-jitsu. Now all these skills will come in handy.