Henry Cavill’s Cameo As Superman In ‘Shazam!’ Would Have Only Been Two Lines

Henry Cavill's 'Shazam!' Cameo As Superman Was Only Going To Be Two LinesLast 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

  • Patrick

    Superman will never be black, Michael B Jordon is likely up for Steel. Film is a visual medium, as is comics, there’s no need to change an established character’s race overnight. Not without opening the door to a white black panther or a white shaft. Why is it that only white characters are being brought forward to be race changed?

    • Richard Harris II

      There has always white heros.

    • daesim

      It’s not that you’re completely wrong, it’s that your examples are bad. There are black kryptonians like Val-Zod and famous black people from Kansas like Charlie Parker and Don Cheadle. There’s nothing about Superman that requires the character to be white. Meanwhile, the black panther is a religious title that can only be claimed by a full-blooded Wakandan. It’s racially impossible for there to be a White Panther.

      Now if you were saying Clark Kent/Kal-El shouldn’t be played by a black actor, I totally agree with you. He’s been a blue-eyed white person for eighty years, changing his race wouldn’t make any sense.

    • Jesus A Rios

      You must NEVER have read comics. Kalel or Calvin Ellis is not only the President of the United States but is also Superman on Earth 23. Do some research.

      • Patrick

        So they go with a one off abstract concept to be their main draw, and franchise anchor? that’s f**king stupid. Why is it only white characters being suggested for race swapping?

  • mattcoz

    So basically this is what I think went down. Warners wanted him to cameo in Shazam. This would have been his 4th appearance and would have fulfilled his existing contract. Henry refused to do this tiny cameo unless he had a new contract that included a new Superman film and the scheduling issues were just an excuse. Warners weren’t willing to commit to this and the cameo negotiations fell through. Nothing more and it doesn’t mean he’s completely done with the role.

    • MaxiTB

      Yeah, it’s more likely that he wants out of the train wreck universe WITHOUT doing another film and wanted the cameo being his final film, which WB refused. And I would be on his side on this one, DC deserves a way better universe than this DCEU.

    • Manoj Varughese

      This is the exact stuff. I’m on Cavill’s side for this. You can’t treat an A-list actor like him like this especially after his performance in Fallout.

      • Kawshik Ahmed

        Cavill is a great actor, no debate about it. But calling him A list as of now is too much. What other big studio backing him currently? He died in Mission Impossible and Paramount didn’t sign him for any other project nor give him a promise. WB was his only long term friend in Hollywood.
        Doing a Netflix series won’t give him the same Fame as a movie star

        • Manoj Varughese

          Well, he deserves better treatment pretty much in the range of all the A-list actors this point on and that too from the studio considering the character he played and the huge fan following. I don’t even think calling him so at this point is too much either considering his filmography since 2011

    • Big Time Spider

      This makes alot of sense. He did the whole instagram video which is awesome but the actor doesnt decide if he is still the character unfortunately. Maybe there needs to be a petition.

  • Janice Loring-Naperala

    Henry has a new movie coming out in a few months called Nomis where he plays the lead role along with Ben Kingsley and Andrea Datario. sp? and other stars. Psychological thriller. It premiers this weekend at LA Film festival for screening. So Henry is still doing other roles. He just deserves a stand alone MO2 and WB is putting him last…..simple as that. He deserves better treatment after JL fiasco especially! I am with him on that…. And rumor has it he is being eyed to take over the next Bond movie. He has said he would love to do that role!!!