Henry Cavill in Talks to Return as Superman
While productions are more or less still on hold across much of the globe (save for Avatar 2, which has resumed filming in New Zealand), there is a lot of big film news lately. Some of that has been made by HBO Max, which officially launched yesterday, and last week announced the 2021 release of the “Snyder Cut” of Justice League. In that news, Zack Snyder, the original director of DC’s biggest film to date (it was taken over halfway through production by Joss Whedon) will be releasing his vision for the film on the streaming service in 2021, complete with new effects, a new score, and, apparently, a new villain. Now Deadline breaks the story that Warner Bros. is in talks with Superman himself, Henry Cavill, to take up the red cape again.
You should know that this does not mean there’s a Man of Steel sequel coming your way. Instead, word is that Cavill will reprise the role in another project. Warner Bros. and DC have a bunch of big films already in the can that don’t include Superman—Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 1984 and James Gunn’s Suicide Squad. It also doesn’t sound like there’s room for Superman in Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which was about a quarter of the way through filming when production shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That leaves David F. Sandberg’s Shazam 2 and Jaume Collet-Serra’s Black Adam, starring Dwayne Johnson.
The world of Shazam already hinted at Superman—there was a cameo by the son of Krypton at the end of the first film (although he’s not actually seen). Despite it being now three years since Cavill donned the cape in Justice League, there’s a lot of support and love for his take on the iconic character. Seeing him get to reprise a role he filled out admirably, perhaps in a film a whole lot less dark than Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Justice League, could be a lot of fun. Plus, the whole world would love to see a Cavill v. The Rock showdown in Black Adam.
Featured image: Henry Cavill in ‘Batman v Superman.’ Courtesy Warner Bros.