CINEMA NEWS – Although Henry Cavill last appeared in the role of the Man of Steel in the post-cast scene of the film Black Adam, it is still possible that it was all just vain hope (or hope-making).
Henry Cavill delighted fans with his surprise appearance as Superman in Black Adam in October, and soon after revealed that he’s totally ready to take on the red cape full-time again for DC Studios and WBD. And for a while, his return seemed certain. However, TheWrap has now written that Cavill seems to have encountered some kryptonite on his way to playing Superman.
According to several insiders familiar with the situation, while it was previously reported that the search for a writer was still underway, the fact is that there is currently no writer or director attached to the project, and there is currently no official agreement with Cavill to return. Additionally, an insider says there is no progress on the project as of now, while newly installed DC studio bosses James Gunn and Peter Safran are busy fine-tuning the long-term plan for the DCU.
The move seemed logical following Cavill’s announcement that he was stepping down as the star of Netflix’s hit series “The Witcher,” a move widely interpreted as freeing up his schedule. And several reports believed that something new featuring the Last Son of Krypton was already in the works.
Actress Amy Adams made waves this week when she commented on Henry Cavill’s possible return as Superman. “Isn’t it exciting?” Adams told Variety at the premiere of “Disappointed” on Wednesday. Adams, who played Lois Lane in 2013’s “Man of Steel,” added, “I’m so happy for [Cavill]. He’s an amazing Superman, so I’m really excited for him.” Adams made it sound like the news was official, but the reality is that it has not yet been confirmed that there will be any elements of a “Man of Steel” sequel.
No one knows what the long-term plan is except for Gunn and Safran, who haven’t even been in their new posts for three weeks. However, according to the insider, Gunn and Safran’s long-term plan will be revealed in the next two months.
After Black Adam, Cavill promised future appearances as the Last Son of Krypton, while Johnson publicly promoted his own vision of Black Adam and Superman in the DC universe.
Black Adam was Cavill’s first time reprising his role as the Man of Steel since the long run on “Justice League” back in 2016 and 2017. It’s a boon of sorts for fans of Cavill’s iteration of the character after rumors swirled that he was in the works for a Superman reboot and the actor’s tenure was up.
Cavill’s future as Superman has been the subject of speculation in recent years, with 2019’s “Shazam!” there was a Superman cameo at the end, but with the character’s face obscured, which some suggested was a sign that the role might be recast.
While no official plans have been announced for the future of Cavill’s Superman, the character’s journey in “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” — the four-hour director’s cut of “Justice League” that premiered on HBO Max in 2021 — has been warmly received.
Recently, news surfaced and spread like wildfire on fan sites that Cavill will appear as Superman in 2023’s “The Flash.”
Warners did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Cavill’s rep could not be reached for comment.