The long wait for Superman’s return to the DC Universe is over. Henry Cavill is once again set to don the red cape. The actor recently made a cameo appearance in a post-credits scene for Black Adam. It took DC five years to bring Cavill back to the role he was eagerly waiting for. However, it wouldn’t have been possible without all the fans that rallied for him to reprise his role, as well as without the people around him, managing his projects and keeping the hopes high. Furthermore, Dwayne Johnson, who executive produced and co-supervised the creative production of Black Adam also pushed for Superman to have a cameo in his film.
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In an interview with Extra TV, Henry Cavill showed his gratitude to all those people who helped him to hold on to Superman’s role. The actor said that he isn’t aware of how decisions are made behind the scenes but acknowledged that there have been many who made it possible for him to reprise his role. He said,
I think there’s—it’s so difficult to say exactly what happens behind the scenes. There’s been a lot of voices involved.
Thanking Dwayne Johnson and his managers Danny Garcia and Hiram Garcia, he added,
I’m so thankful for voices like Danny Garcia and Hiram Garcia, and indeed Dwyane [Johnson being so involved in helping me come back to this character. I mean, the deeper I dig the more voices I discover… but, Danny and have a close relationship as well because she was my manager.
As great as it is for Henry to get back into the DC Universe, it’s equally great for fans who have been wishing for Superman’s story arc to continue in the franchise. It’s been almost a decade since Man of Steel arrived, which remains the only solo film to feature Cavill as Superman. Hopefully, that will soon change when DCU moves ahead under the new leadership, with Superman leading the vanguard once again.
What could Cavill’s Return Mean to Superman in DCU?
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Firstly, Henry Cavill’s return as Superman means that the old DC Extended Universe storyline still stands. There were rumors that those early stories will get erased in The Flash so that the franchise could sway away from Zack Snyder’s films which conflicted with the studio’s plans. Cavill’s return became more impossible when Warner Bros. went under management changes multiple times. But, things started looking better when recently, the studio announced plans for a new DC Universe which shall be alike Marvel Cinematic Universe, becoming a fitting shared continuity in the next ten years.
Now that it has happened, and DC Studios has new leadership, it’s feasible that many Superman stories will take shape in the franchise. Given Superman is a significant IP for DC Studios, there is hope for a Man of Steel sequel to happen. Moreover, it seems clear that the next Black Adam appearance won’t be a showdown between him and Shazam but a duel between him and Superman. Moreover, it would be interesting to see how DC Studios revive the Justice League storyline and establish other characters associated with Superman including Ben Affleck’s Batman and Lois Lane.
There’s still time before DC Studios announce Cavill’s future in the franchise, but rest assured, the actor is back and as he claimed himself, his return in Black Adam is just the beginning of a promising and entertaining future of the beloved character in DC Universe.