Last week, it was revealed that Warner Bros. was trying to secure Henry Cavill for a cameo as Superman in next year’s Shazam! when negotiations for the actor to return fell apart. The cameo itself would have only featured Cavill delivering two lines of dialogue as Superman in the film, Heroic Hollywood has exclusively learned.
Cavill’s exit from the DC cinematic universe which Zack Snyder launched with 2013’s Man of Steel sent shockwaves throughout the fan community. He reportedly walked away from the cameo in Shazam! due to scheduling conflicts. The cameo would have seen Cavill reprise his role for the fourth time, appearing in the post-credits scene of Shazam! and according to an insider, it would have only seen Cavill give two lines of dialogue on screen.
The Last Son of Krypton’s future in the current DC Films franchise remains unclear though Warner Bros. is reportedly considering Michael B. Jordan to take on the role. The studio is also developing a standalone Supergirl film which will feature an origin story for Superman’s cousin Kara Zor El. Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street) is writing the script.
Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Faithe Herman, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans, and Ron Cephas.
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).
Shazam! will be released in theaters on April 5, 2019