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Is It Time To Move On From Henry Cavill’s Superman?



Henry Cavill as Superman

The status of Henry Cavill as Superman has been in question ever since the release of 2017’s Justice League. With the film being a critical failure and box office bomb, executives at Warner Brothers seemed to have drawn the conclusion that audiences and fans alike were no longer interested in that universe, which included characters such as Ben Affleck as Batman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, and namely Henry Cavill as Superman.

But with the release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League earlier this year, it became abundantly clear that that couldn’t be further from the truth. And it seems like WB secretly felt this way too. Even after the failure of Justice League (2017), they still tried to capitalize on the characters that they have set up. But for some reason, they continue to omit the fan clamor for more Henry Cavill Superman.


Sasha Calle in her stunt costume on set of ‘The Flash’

Most recently with the announcement of Ta Nehisi Coates penning the script for a diverse Superman, along with the introduction of Sasha Calle as Supergirl in Andy Muschietti’s The Flash, Henry Cavill as Superman seems to be the odd Kryptonian out. And with the upcoming Suicide Squad movie by James Gunn rearing around the corner, the topic of whether his universe collides with the Henry Cavill Superman came up and his reply dispelled even more uncertainty for Cavill to make his triumphant return to the iconic red and blue suit….

In a trailer breakdown with IGN, James Gunn said,

“Yes, The Suicide Squad is a part of the DCEU, but I don’t which Superman it was because I don’t cast the next Superman. It could be Henry, it could somebody else. It’s whoever people decide on other than me.”

So is Henry Cavill officially done as Superman? Well, I can’t say for certain. But with the information that has come to light, I can confidently say that we should not expect Cavill to dawn the suit any time soon.

This may not be what some want to hear, but it’s the truth. Take it from a Tobey Maguire Spider-Man fan; nothing is more disappointing than hoping for a past iteration of a character to return when it’s clear that the current powers at be are moving on…

This doesn’t mean you have to like the current DCEU slate or the current iterations of Superman. But don’t blame the filmmakers for the incompetence of the studio. Don’t hedge your bets on Cavill being connected to The Suicide Squad, because it’s likely out of their control. As Gunn said, the decision is up to people that aren’t him. Plus, even though Warner Bros is trying to eat their cake and have it to, with them distancing themselves from the “Snyder Verse” while also cherry picking things he set up, the individual filmmakers are still respecting what Snyder set up.

So if you want to celebrate Cavills Superman, do it with the films that did take place. Don’t let your enjoyment of the other filmmakers work hinge on a decision that is made by the studio. It’s rarely the fault of the filmmakers. That’s how we got the Snyder Cut in the first place.


Henry Cavill in the Christopher Reeves Superman suit

Plus, would you want Henry Cavill to return without Zack Snyder directing him? I know Cavill being back in the suit is enough for some. But what made me fall in love with his Superman was Snyder’s vision for him. Its the themes that Snyder incorporated, the way he was portrayed both in an out the suit by writers like David S. Goyer and Chris Terrio that made fans love him.

This isn’t to say other directors couldn’t do something special with him, but it wouldn’t be that same Superman we fell in love with. And I’ll reference Spider-Man again; imagine if Tobey Maguire starred in the Marc Webb Spider-Man films. Sure fans of Tobey’s iteration would be happy at first, but they’d soon realize it was Sam Raimi’s vision for the character that they connected to all along.

By the same token, what good is Henry Cavill returning if it isn’t the same version of the character we’ve come to know? Justice League (2017) is a good example of what Henry returning to the role could look like in the wrong hands. The last thing I want is for Cavill to simply cameo in other movies like The Suicide Squad or Black Adam and not be the character we know and love, or worse yet, be made a joke of…

So whats the point? Should we give up hope of Cavill returning? No, there’s always hope. Spider-Man No Way Home and The Flash are a testament to fan favorite actors returning to their iconic roles. And if Sasha Calle’s Supergirl logo is any indication, it seems like they sticking with the Snyder aesthetic. And if there’s one thing that logo has taught us, it’s about hope… But hope is patient…

Warner Bros Discovery

Warner Bros. Discover logo

Should we celebrate the past? Absolutely. But also enjoy the here and now. Superman and Lois is showcasing a fresh take on Superman and its great. It may not be Henry Cavill, but its special in its own right. And the great thing is, now their are multiple great iterations of the character. And if I ever want to go back to the Cavill version that I love dearly, my Man of Steel, Batman V Superman, and Zack Snyder’s Justice League blu-rays are right there on the shelf, ready to be dusted off at a moments notice. And who knows what the future holds. #RestoreTheSnyderVerse will always be the dream, and with the new Discovery/Warner Media merger, Henry Cavill returning as Superman in a way that honors what Snyder set up would certainly be something “that dreams are made of….”

And look no further than where we are now, after numerous naysayers died on the hill that the Snyder Cut would never exist. Not only does it exist, but it’s a real tangible thing that actually happened. Nothing is guaranteed, but we can always hold onto that. To quote Jor El in Man Of Steel,

“There is still hope. I have held that hope in my hands…”

Writer, film lover, and all around comics enthusiast // Favorite character = Spider-Man // Favorite mythology = Star Wars // Favorite director = Zack Snyder