There’s been a lot of talk out there about Henry Cavill returning to the Superman role in some way, but we haven’t heard from the Man of Steel himself regarding those rumors just yet.
Variety had him on their “Big Ticket” podcast and asked him about how there seems to be a new rumor every day about him coming back as Superman:
They get wilder and wilder by the day. The amount of speculation, the stuff I read on the Internet, is extraordinary and sometimes frustrating. It’s when you see people stating stuff as fact. Like, “No, that’s not the case. That hasn’t happened, and that conversation isn’t happening.” But the important thing is that people are excited about it, and I think it’s important to be excited about a character like Superman. Superman is a fantastic character. If people are chatting about it, and even if they’re making stuff up, it’s okay, because that means they want to see the character again. And in an ideal world, I would absolutely love to play the character again.
Variety, July 2nd 2020
Of course this lines up with what he told Patrick Stewart last week, when he said he hopes he can play Superman for years to come. Even if there’s nothing official set now, all of the chatter about his return in some way means it could happen at some point in the future.. We can only hope that WB decides to give him a new solo movie in addition to whatever cameo plans they have.
It wasn’t long ago that we heard that Henry Cavill was starting early talks with Warner Brothers to return as Superman in some way in an upcoming cameo, and now Cavill is talking about the character again.
Variety has a video and interview where Patrick Stewart interviews Henry Cavill, and our Kal-El says he hopes to be Superman for a long time:
I believe it did. And it’s something I’ve always been incredibly grateful for. I’ve always been a fan of Superman. With a character like that, you carry the mantle with you off set. And it becomes part of your public representation. When you meet children, children don’t necessarily see me as Henry Cavill, but they might see Superman, and there’s a responsibility which comes with that. Because it’s such a wonderful character, it’s actually a responsibility I’m happy to have, and I hope that I get to play more of Superman in years to come.
There has been talk and rumors that WB doesn’t think a solo Superman movie can be successful. It absolutely can be, and Cavill’s knowledge and love for the character is just one of the ways they can make a great solo Superman film.
There’s been a lot of talk going around the internet about a rumor that Warner Brothers doesn’t believe a solo Superman movie can be successful.
Which is completely divorced from reality, as a solo Superman film can absolutely be a success. WB just needs to not repeat past mistakes and not be afraid to do something new, while at the same time embracing what Superman is and not trying to drastically change him into something they think would “resonate” more. Superman has been around for eighty-five years. He resonates fine. He’ll be around long after the people currently in charge of WB mess up some movie slate and bail out in a golden parachute. Superman is also bigger than petty Hollywood ego politics, and WB needs to realize that.
Here are some key ways they can make Superman successful again, if they’re not afraid to try them:
Be Inspired By Donner, But Don’t Copy
As good as Superman: Returns is, one of its biggest problems was trying to continue a movie series that began twenty-five years before its release. That plays to nostalgia, but it alienated a large portion of the potential audience who had no connection to those films. You can mine the Donner films for inspiration both on screen, in terms of the themes they got so right, but also behind-the-scenes with the philosophy that went into the first two films.
Verisimilitude. That’s the word Donner mandated the movies abide by. They made the films realistic and believable, while giving Superman the respect and reverence he deserved. Hell, they had the guy who wrote The Godfather write first draft of the script. Superman deserves that level of reverence. WB wouldn’t have a DC film franchise if it weren’t for Superman in the first place, so they shouldn’t treat him like some throwaway cameo.
Let Donner’s idea of Verisimilitude once again be the driving force behind a new Superman movie. Have Superman be an inspiration as he was in Donner’s films. But don’t try to make a carbon copy of them. Let their spirit show in what’s done behind and in front of the camera, but don’t be afraid to make it a modern superhero film.
Give Audiences a Villain They Haven’t Seen in Multiple Films
While they’re taking inspiration from what Donner did, don’t repeat the villains again for a very long time. Audiences have seen Lex Luthor and General Zod far too many times. It’s time to break that cycle and introduce new villains from the comics.
The Superman: Lives script in the 90s, which Kevin Smith was famously involved with, had the right idea. Brainiac was the main villain in that movie (and the script even had a Batman cameo at the funeral). That script obviously had some famous late-90s DC movie quirks, but it got the main villain right. And I have to admit I do kind of love it; even with the polar bear guards and giant spider.
Superman has more, and better, villains than Luthor or Zod. WB should not be afraid to use them. I’d love to see a full-on comic Brianiac on the big screen; Skull Ship, Bottled City of Kandor, and everything. How amazingly cool would that be?
Metallo, Parasite, Eradicator, Cyborg Superman, even Bizarro. There are a lot of villains to choose from, WB just needs to not be afraid to break the Luthor/Zod time loop they seem to be stuck in.
Do NOT Do What JJ Abrams Tried To
On the other side of the coin, do not try to do what JJ Abrams attempted with Superman: Flyby ever again.
He tried to reboot Superman with an edgy modern take. Krypton didn’t explode. Luthor was a secret Kryptonian. And they basically made a new Zod with Ty-Zor. It was Superman fighting a Kryptonian Civil War, and the action was pretty much identical what we eventually saw with the Neo vs Smith fight in The Matrix: Revolutions.
Every single person who ever complains about Man of Steel should be required to read JJ Abrams’ Superman: Flyby script to truly see how terribly wrong a Superman movie could be. With the rumors of WB wanting JJ involved in a Superman movie, I really hope he learned his lesson from the backlash over that script.
Superman Does Not Need to be ‘Reinvented’
This is something you see a lot of people preach when it comes to making a new Superman, and it’s the exact philosophy that led to that blasphemous JJ Abrams Superman: Flyby script. For 85 years Superman has been a shining beacon of unwavering morality, always standing up for what’s good over evil. Sure, there have been reboots and revisions in the comics over the decades, but the core of who Superman is has never changed. And there’s no reason why he has to change for the movie.
People will turn up for a good Superman standalone film. But WB also has to respect their audience and realize that we’ve all seen Krypton blow up multiple times before. We’ve all seen Superman’s origin. And we’ve all seen way too much Lex Luthor and General Zod.
WB doesn’t need to reboot Superman again. They have the perfect man with Cavill. We’ve seen his origin. We’ve seen him deal with Zod and Luthor. It’s time for WB to give Cavill an epic solo outing where Kal can save the world from one of Superman’s many threats.
Henry Cavill is also very well read with Superman. He knows the character as well as any of the comic writers. Give him a seat at the table creatively. Trust him. He will give you an ideal to strive towards. You’ve already stumbled and fallen. It’s time to join him in the sun. Cavill can help you accomplish wonders.
This week, word emerged that Henry Cavill was “in talks” to return as Superman via two separate Hollywood trades. Now a third trade has chimed in with more details about what’s really going on, and it’s “complicated”.
According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision newsletter, “Cavill is not in any negotiations for any cameo”, and “the character is currently not in any written script. Not in Black Adam, not The Batman, not even in The Flash“.
However they go on to say that there is interest in bringing back Cavill as Superman and there are “exploratory” talks about how that could happen.
So this all seems to be very, very, early in the process. However, Cavill did post on social media this morning that he’s back in the gym, rumors are claiming that Black Adam could begin filming as early as late August, and both Cavill and The Rock have the same reps; so the stars could be aligning for Superman to face off against Black Adam, who will already be dealing with the Justice Society in his solo movie that releases in December of 2021.
Ever since the proposed DC Cinematic Universe line-up through 2018 has leaked there’s been some pretty scathing negativity online. Most people are comparing it to Marvel, going on message boards and complaining that they’re doing it the exact opposite of how Marvel did things, and naturally (in their minds) this will never work. Of course just as they were wrong about Batfleck, these complainers will probably be wrong again and right there in line at every midnight showing.
Here are five reasons why DC’s Cinematic Universe is something to be excited about:
DC Owns All of Their Characters
Unlike Marvel, who sold off some major characters to Fox and Sony in the 90s when they were facing bankruptcy, DC/Warner owns their entire stable of characters. That means they don’t have to tip-toe around words the way Marvel does with “mutants” in their Cinematic Universe, and it gives all of the movies unlimited freedom as to what elements they can pull from the comics. DC fans want to see the rich universe from the comics on the big screen, and the fact that DC still owns every one of their characters means they don’t have to worry about something being left out due to film rights and studio politics.
There’s a lot of attention right now on DC’s fledgling cinematic universe with Batman V Superman and Justice League filming back to back for 2016 and 2017 releases, respectively. Now it looks like Warner is planning to reveal their DC Cinematic Universe schedule at Comic Con next month, likely to counter Marvel’s Phase 3 line-up.
According to Nikki Finke.com, this is the schedule of DC movies through 2028:
May 2016 – Batman v Superman
July 2016 – Shazam
Xmas 2016 – Sandman
May 2017 – Justice League
July 2017 – Wonder Woman
Xmas 2017 – Flash and Green Lantern team-up
May 2018 – Man Of Steel 2
As we’re seeing a “World’s Finest” movie with Batman V Superman, a “Brave and the Bold” movie with Flash/Green Lantern is definitely not surprising as that’s a common team up for the two members of the Justice League who are cops. It could be a superhero buddy cop movie…