From 1993 to 1997, Dean Cain played the Man of Steel in the primetime ABC series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.” Considering his closeness to Superman as one of the handful of actors to play the hero in a major live-action property, The Hollywood Reporter asked Cain about for his spoiler-filled take on the latest entry in the Superman mythos, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
“Yes, my son and I went to see it,” said Cain of his Easter Sunday plans. He added, “My son hated it because Superman died. It made me very happy that he took it so personally and that he has such a strong connection to the character.” Cain praised the film as “well made,” even though he admits he “dozed off a tiny bit” — possibly because he was tired after traveling. He did note the film’s dark tone, saying that “this incarnation is so dark compared to the lightness of the Superman I’ve grown to know and love, as seen in the two versions that I grew up with — Christopher Reeve and myself.”
Cain talked about what it felt like to watch Superman get beat up badly — and ultimately die. “It’s odd for me to watch that because of that incredible strength that he possesses. Whenever I played him, I played Superman as if I had a secret that nobody else knew. That secret is that you could always win. It seemed that Superman didn’t have that in this film… But what I did like a lot is that Superman was so heroic in this film and sacrificed himself before anything or anyone else. That is definitely in tune with the Superman that I know and love.”
He also admitted that he’s a bit jealous of Henry Cavill’s Superman suit; he called the suit “amazing” and said Cavill was “lucky to get that suit instead of the Lycra that I had. Henry is a big, physical guy, and he looks ‘super,’ if you will [laughs]. I’ve met him before and he has that Superman special something.”
And while he called Amy Adams a “fantastic actress,” he stood up for his on-screen Lois, Teri Hatcher. “I will say that the finest Lois Lane ever is Teri Hatcher. There is no Lois in history that compares.”
Cain currently has a supporting role on CBS’ “Supergirl” series as Jeremiah Danvers, adoptive father of Kara Zor-El. “Batman v Superman” is currently in theaters.
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