Although rumors swirled that Henry Cavill was leaving the cape behind after Justice League, new information suggests he might return to Superman once more.
With Warner Bros. pivoting DC Films into a new, lighter direction than the previous adventures before Justice League, it seemed like Henry Cavill wouldn’t return for a second solo Superman film. But we recently learned new information which suggests the Man of Steel might be ready for a comeback in the near future.
It’s important to remember that while dedicated fans still love and support Zack Snyder’s vision for DC’s Justice League, the film was a critical and financial disappointment, with Warner Bros. reportedly losing $60 million dollars. The studio decided to change the DCEU’s direction and follow unique creator led stories instead. In 2018, just before the debut of Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and Zachary Levi’s Shazam, it was announced that a Supergirl film was in development with screenwriter Oren Uziel tapped to write the script. He previously scripted 22 Jump Street and The Cloverfield Paradox before also being tapped to write the sequel to Ryan Reynolds’ Detective Pikachu. Rumors suggested that Kara Zor El’s solo film would springboard a new actor to replace Henry Cavill’s Superman.
The Shazam Cameo
Zachary Levi’s Shazam proved that DC’s new direction was successful, bringing a welcome dose of superheroic comedy which also boasted a surprisingly touching undertone. But one of the most talked about scenes nearly looked very different. The scene sees Billy Batson thank his best friend Freddy by turning up to their school as Shazam – proving to the other kids (and bullies) that he really did know the hero. But Billy also brought an impressive friend with him: Superman. Well, most of him anyway. Audiences only saw the hero’s iconic costume, thanks to the Kryptonian’s head being out of frame. Henry Cavill was originally supposed to fully appear in a brief return to the DC Extended Universe, with director David F. Sandberg explaining the original scene saw Supes joke about school food with Shazam and Freddy. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, the deal fell apart thanks to scheduling conflicts with Cavill’s role as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher series.
Following the rumors that Henry Cavill had left the role, fans quickly flooded the internet with who they’d like to see for their ideal Superman, as well as the inevitable rumors about who Warner Bros. were looking at to pick up the cape. One name that continuously came up was 26-year-old star David Corenswet, best known for his role in The Politician and more recently in Netflix’s Hollywood. While the star definitely has a young Superman look about him, it was never confirmed that he was considered for the role. Creed and Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan met with Warner Bros. last year to pitch his vision for the character. But filming wasn’t due to begin for a number of years, the actor couldn’t commit to the role since he already had a tight schedule. It wasn’t clear if he wanted to bring Earth-2’s Val-Zod into the mix or a new version of Kal-El.
But even after scheduling conflicts and rumors of other actors picking up the cape, Henry Cavill is still insistent that he’s not quite done with Superman just yet. When asked by GamesRadar about balancing The Witcher with any future return to the role the star pointed out that he’d still be able to fit another role in alongside his Netflix series
“You’ve got to keep in mind that regardless of what movies I’ll be doing over the next few years, you can fit two projects into one year”
When Michael B. Jordan met with Warner Bros., insiders didn’t think a new Superman movie would make it into theaters before 2023. It’s not clear when filming on The Witcher will resume since it was halted thanks to that situation we’re all tired of hearing about, but it’ll be interesting to see how it affects Warner Bros.’ plans for a potential Superman movie. But the star still wants to explore Superman a little further, even telling fans that he’d love to see elements from the For Tomorrow storyline on the big screen.
The 12-issue arc from Brian Azzarello, Jim Lee and Scott Williams sees the Man of Steel fail to save one million people, including Lois Lane. It’s essentially about how he triumphs through his own failure, grief and adversity to still save the day. A parallel storyline sees Clark try and work through his problems by talking to a priest and it’s those character driven moments that Henry Cavill wants to explore on-screen. The British actor directly expressed his desire to don the cape and tights again to Men’s Health last year, giving fans hope about a potential return to the role.
“There’s a lot I have to give for Superman yet. A lot of storytelling to do. A lot of real, true depths to the honesty of the character I want to get into. I want to reflect the comic books. That’s important to me. There’s a lot of justice to be done for Superman. The status is: You’ll see.”
But there’s a missing piece to this intriguing Superman puzzle regarding Henry Cavill’s return, involving another well known Kryptonian hero whose adventures have been popular elsewhere recently. To find out what Warner Bros. have planned for the Man of Steel, watch our latest video above!
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Henry Cavill was last seen as Superman in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Here’s the official synopsis for the movie:
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J. K. Simmons, and Ciarán Hinds.
Justice League is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD.