Henry Cavill’s ‘World Of Warcraft’ Obsession Almost Cost Him ‘Man Of Steel’ Role

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Most comic book movie actors and actresses claim to love comics and say they have read the comics of the characters portray; sometimes they even go as far as to say they love video games, too, which is typically not the case. Usually in these interviews they tend to lead fans on so the film could do better–obviously. But, Henry Cavill, who plays Superman in Zack Snyder‘s upcoming Superman reboot, Man of Steel, actually loves video games.

In a recent interview with GQ, the British actor said that he’s “been playing a lot of single player games, like Skyrim,” which he absolutely loves, “Goodness, that’s a great game.”

And that’s not all to surprising; what’s really the kicker is that he almost lost out on playing the iconic Kryptonian, because of his obsession with World of Warcraft! “I saw it was him [calling] but the thing is, you can’t save World of Warcraft, you can’t pause it. It’s live.”

Luckily Cavill called Snyder back and accepted the role. If he didn’t, then this would be yet another phenomenal opportunity lost to the actor, e.g. James Bond, Harry Potter, etc. He did say that he would still like the opportunity to play the slick spy in the future: “If I’m in the running again, [if] people don’t just see me as Superman, and they could see me as Bond, then yeah, I’d love to do it.”


In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Cavill) is a young twentysomething journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone’s imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question – Why am I here? Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Costner), Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions. But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as “Superman,” not only to shine as the world’s last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves.

Man of Steel is being directed by Zack Snyder, produced by Christopher Nolan, and stars Henry CavillKevin CostnerDiane LaneAmy AdamsChristopher MeloniLawrence Fishburne, with Russell Crowe and Michael Shannon. It is set to release in theaters on June 14th in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D.