Henry Cavill has played Superman in three DC Extended Universe films so far, and until his appearance in Justice League was a much different version of the character than people might remember from the comics.
The moodier, angsty Superman from Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice has been replaced by more of an optimistic and inspiring Superman. A Superman that fans would recognize not just from the comics, but also from his previous cinematic incarnations, most notably Christopher Reeve’s iconic turn as the Man of Steel.
In the Justice League: The Art of the Film book, Henry Cavill noted that he is much happier to be playing a version of the character that more closely aligns with the one fans are familiar with:
“For me, [Justice League] in particular has really drawn closer to the Superman character who we know and recognize from the comic books. I’ve enjoyed playing that enormously, playing that character of hope and optimism, inspiration and example.”
Though it is currently unknown exactly where we might see Cavill’s Superman next, it is important to note that Justice League was sort of a conclusion to Superman’s three-film arc. He went from reluctant hero to sacrificing himself, to then returning with new purpose, and perhaps we will see him continue this journey in the DCEU soon.
In Justice League, 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.
Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder with additional photography and post-production duties handled by Joss Whedon. The Warner Bros. film stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons and Jesse Eisenberg.
Justice League is now playing.
Source: Justice League: The Art of the Film