It’s no secret that the DC Expanded Universe got off to a rocky start. ‘Man of Steel’ wasn’t a monster hit, but it fared well enough to serve as the foundation, but follow-ups ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’ and ‘Justice League’ were outright failures, and Warner Brothers scrambled to course correct. As part of that, Ben Affleck was let go from his role as Batman, and that character is being rebooted in Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’ which may or may not connect to the existing films. (More and more, it looks as though it won’t.)
It’s been a general assumption that Henry Cavill’s time as Superman was done as well. In an actor-to-actor interview last December, Amy Adams told Nicole Kidman, “I think I’m out of the DC Universe now. I think they’re revamping that. I don’t know the details.” Then, in April, Superman made a cameo in ‘Shazam!’… but Cavill didn’t. Instead, a stunt performer donned the famous red and blue suit for a quick gag at the end of the film.
In a profile for Men’s Health, Cavill disclosed:
“The cape is in the closet. It’s still mine… I’m not going to sit quietly in the dark as all the stuff is going on. I’ve not given up the role. There’s a lot I have to give for Superman yet. A lot of storytelling to do. A lot of real, true depths to the honesty of the character I want to get into. I want to reflect the comic books. That’s important to me. There’s a lot of justice to be done for Superman. The status is: You’ll see.”
Cavill was not a bad Superman or Clark Kent, but he was forced to dwell in the dark, gritty Batman-inspired world that Zack Snyder constructed. Personally, I’d be okay with him in another movie, but it feels like a step backward. The makers of the DC movies have taken strides to distance themselves from Snyder’s early efforts. ‘Aquaman’ featured no cameos from other DC heroes. ‘Joker’ exists in a completely unique reality. And ‘The Batman’ may do the same. This is the same reason I’m concerned about ‘Birds of Prey’– it may be seen as a throwback to when DC movies just… weren’t very good.
Would you like to see Cavill soar as Superman again?