Though it’s easy to forget in the ruckus currently pulsating around #TheSnyderCut, the entire DC Extended Universe has been built on the foundation of 2013’s Man of Steel. Though the movie launched Henry Cavil into the public eye, rumors concerning his departure from the DCEU have been swirling since before Justice League’s release. However, it now seems that the Superman actor isn’t finishing donning the cape on the big screen just yet.
According to Deadline, Henry Cavill and Warner Bros. are currently in talks to bring the actor back as Superman in a more limited role. The article specifically notes that the studio has no plans for a Man of Steel sequel for the time being, but they are interested in having the actor return “in a couple of different ways.”
Despite headlining Zack Snyder’s 2013 blockbuster and its follow-up, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Cavill was mostly sidelined in 2016’s Justice League. When the Big Blue Boy Scout made a face-less cameo in last year’s Shazam!, Cavill didn’t even return to the role; instead, the character was portrayed by stunt performer Ryan Handley.
Considering Wonder Woman 1984 and James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad are mostly finished, it’s more likely that Cavill will come back in either the Aquaman or Shazam! sequels, or in the Dwayne Johnson-led Black Adam. Though it’s not at all probable, the most interesting film for Superman to pop up in would be James Wan’s DC horror spin-off The Trench, which is still on track to begin production sometime in the near future. While it’s a shame that WB isn’t interested in a Man of Steel 2—which at one point was kind of-sort of linked to George Miller—there’s a quite bit of satisfaction to be had in Cavill’s guaranteed return.
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