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Henry Cavill Says The DCEU 'Hasn't Necessarily Worked'

It doesn't take super-vision to see that the DC extended universe got off to a bumpy start, but Superman saw it, too.

Henry Cavill, who starred in 2013's Man of Steel and 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, told The Rake that the DCEU struggled to find an identity with its first movies, which is apparent in widespread criticism through last year's Suicide Squad. But Cavill doesn't think it's because Marvel had already cornered the market on superhero blockbusters.

"Even if Marvel didn't exist, we'd struggle," he said. "There was a style they were going for, an attempt to be different and look at things from a slightly different perspective, which hasn't necessarily worked. Yes, it has made money but it has not been a critical success; it hasn't given everyone that sensation which superheroes should give the viewer."

Still, everyone at DC seems to think the ship has been righted, thanks in large part to the upbeat tone and brighter style of Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman. "I feel like now the right mistakes have been made and they haven't been pandered [to], and we can start telling the stories in the way they need to be told," Cavill said. "It is even better to come back from a mistake or stylistic error into the correct vein because it will make it seem that much stronger. Wonder Woman was the first step in the right direction."

Will the ensemble Justice League continue on that path? The movie was directed by Zack Snyder, the man behind both Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, however Avengers director Joss Whedon stepped in for reshoots. Batman actor Ben Affleck said the film is "an interesting product of two directors, both with kind of unique visions."

We'll find out when Justice League hits theaters on Nov. 17.