Hope (?) for Henry Cavill’s future as Superman in Warners’ 10-year DC plan

Hope may still exist for actor Henry Cavill’s involvement in future Superman films.

Reports suggest that Warner Discovery is leaning heavily towards Cavill reprising his role as the Man of Steel.

The following excerpt is from an interview with insider Umberto Gonzales of The Wrap:

Gonzalez: The multiverse has to stay, if they want to keep it [Supergirl actress] Sasha Calle and bring back a new Superman or bring back Cavill or something, that has to be the reality of it [it. Further, Warner Bros. Discovery] as [Cavill] as [Superman. I] could be wrong, I just don’t think they got hold of him to come back. But again, it’s all subject to whoever the new DC guy oversees the universe and this committee and whoever answers to [Warner Bros. Discovery President and CEO] David Zaslav. It’s almost ten years since we saw him in Man of Steel. But what I can say, I personally don’t think it’s over yet.

Since the merger, Zaslav has made sweeping changes to DC’s future with the studio. After the failure of 2017 Justice Leagueblamed on the direction taken by replacement Joss Whedon at the helm, the DCEU has limped along with few successes such as Aquaman and Shazam!. The studio decided to focus on standalone projects instead, such as the 2019 surprise blockbuster Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix, who received an Academy Award for his performance. Then-Warner Media repeated this success with a similar approach in Matt Reeves Batman the last year. At the time, the idea was to treat each property as a separate dimension of the overall DC Multiverse. Furthermore, Andy Muschietti’s upcoming film, The flash, was considered the stepping stone into that concept given the plot revolves around time travel. It remains to be seen whether that approach is still in use. However, Warner Discovery’s goal is a 10-year plan for the DCEU reminiscent of how Marvel Studios has managed the MCU. Although DCEU properties such as Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Shazam will continue, the future will belong to Andy Muchietti The flash is uncertain given lead actor Ezra Miller’s legal troubles. Freestanding properties will continue, such as the recently announced 2024 Joker: Folle a Deux with Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn. HBO Max Peacemaker will have its second season, but the upcoming one Bat girl Films starring Leslie Grace and Michael Keaton have been scrapped indefinitely because the studio felt there wasn’t much of a connection with test audiences. However, it has been reported that Grace may still be attached to the role as the studio has other plans for Barbara Gordon.

As to how this relates to Henry, since Justice League, he has been rumored several times to have appearances in past DC films that turned out to be false. Prior to the merger, Warner Media had reportedly considered a separate Superman franchise starring Michael B. Jordan, as there is a version of the character that is both African-American and the President of the United States. However, at no point was this confirmation of Cavill being cast as The Man of Steel, in keeping with the DC Multiverse concept.

Cavill debuted as Clark Kent/Superman in 2013 Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder, to mixed reviews. Although installments such as Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017) was much hyped but lackluster — the latter especially thanks to replacement director Joss Whedon — Cavill’s passion for the character and stoic performance have made him a fan favorite. The recently released Zack Snyder’s Justice League – the culmination of a fan movement to see Zack return to complete what he had envisioned before leaving the project in the face of personal tragedy – gave Cavill extra heat for his return. However, Cavill himself has written that he is not done with the role, as he noted last December that he “is ready and waiting for the phone calls.”

So will we see Henry take to the skies again on the big screen? We can only hope.

Official Source – Warner Bros. Leaning Toward Henry Cavill Superman Comeback (cbr.com)

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