Henry Cavill Rumored to Make Surprise Comic-Con Appearance to Talk Superman

San Diego Comic-Con kicks off on Thursday, and will be the first time since 2019 that the event will be held in person. Given that Comic-Con has played host to major film announcements over the years, and the event is returning in all its glory, big announcements and exciting surprises are expected throughout the many major studio panels that are being planned. One of the biggest studios that will have a presence at Comic-Con is Warner Bros., which is scheduled to host a “theatrical session” on the morning of July 23. The panel is expected to mainly focus on Black Adam and Shazam! Fury of the Gods, with the directors of both films joining stars Dwayne Johnson and Zachary Levi in Hall H. However, a certain Man of Steel is rumored to be crashing the party.

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In a Deadline breakdown of everything to expect at Comic-Con, it’s stated that there’s “buzz” that Henry Cavill will be joining the Saturday Warner Bros. panel to “talk up more Superman.” Cavill first donned the red cape in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel in 2013, and followed up that performance with appearances in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice three years later, followed by Justice League in 2017. Since then, both Cavill and Superman have been kept on the shelf by Warner Bros., with the studio taking its DC properties in a new direction following the mixed reception of the Snyder films. Aside from faceless cameos in Shazam! and Peacemaker, Kal-El hasn’t played an integral part in the DC film world in the last five years, Zack Snyder’s Justice League notwithstanding. Cavill turning up at Comic-Con this weekend would certainly be a massive shot in the arm for the future of the DCEU.

Could Henry Cavill Appear in Black Adam?

Since the Warner Bros. panel is mainly focusing on Black Adam and the Shazam! sequel and Superman did appear in the first Shazam! film, that could mean the character is set for a cameo in either project. Dwayne Johnson recently responded to a tweet calling for a Black Adam/Superman crossover, to which The Rock responded he’s “learned to always listen to the audience because they will always lead you to where you need to go.” While that doesn’t necessarily mean Superman and Black Adam are in store for an epic battle, Johson is at least aware that many fans would love to see the characters meet on the big screen one day. Whether that day is October 21, 2022, when Black Adam releases, is yet to be seen.

While a Cavill Comic-Con appearance would certainly be a shock, it wouldn’t be entirely surprising. Earlier this year, following the merger of Warner Bros. and Discovery, reports surfaced that the new management wanted to maximize the studio’s DC properties to their highest potential. With Superman being severely underutilized in recent years, an effort is being made behind the scenes to get the character back in theaters as soon as possible. With Cavill’s performance as the Man of Steel being widely praised by fans, it would be a show of goodwill from Warner Bros. Discovery to have the actor return to the role. If the rumors of a Saturday Comic-Con appearance are true, then it won’t be long before Cavill steps back into the boots and tights of the Last Son of Krypton.