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.
Two years after departing the role, Henry Cavill is in talks to once again portray Clark Kent/Superman in films based on DC Comics, multiple insiders with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.
The extent of Cavill’s return to the role — whether just for additional work to be done for the upcoming “Snyder Cut” of “Justice League” or for appearances in future films — has not been disclosed.
Although Deadline claims it won’t be for a standalone film (yet):
We hear Cavill could come back in a couple of different ways, not a standalone film, but there are plans to put him back in the big red cape again sources with knowledge tell us.
This was speculated last week when Cavill appeared on Zack Snyder’s watch party of Man of Steel, and now it looks like it’s going to happen. Hopefully after whatever movie he appears in next we do get a sequel to Man of Steel.
A couple of weeks ago Heroic Hollywood posted a YouTube video saying that development on the long-rumored Supergirl movie was stalled, likely because the focus was switching back to Superman. The whole purpose of that Supergirl movie was to replace Superman on the big screen due to the whole drama over Cavill and the role that was going on for quite a while.
Now a lot of the same people who were whispering behind the scenes about a pending Snyder Cut announcement earlier in the week are saying that something is going on with Cavill and Superman. He appeared on Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel watch party, and said that he’d like to see a version of Justice League without the mustache. If that means they’ll have to film new scenes to fix that jaw from the original reshoots, then Cavill will be in the cape once again.
But when you take that and put it with the Heroic Hollywood report from the other week and Cavill’s manager slyly hinting at things on social media, it seems like there’s something much bigger than him just doing new filming for Justice League on the horizon.
For the first time in years we might actually be close to a real Man of Steel sequel with the perfect Superman in the role. Warner had him all along, they just had to smarten up and make the deal. It’s sounding like that might have happened.
Now, they just need to listen to Cavill on the creative side. The guy is very well read on Superman and if they let him have input we could have the best Superman movie ever on the way.
We’re reposting this list due to the forthcoming release of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. It was originally published in October of 2014.
This week, Warner Brothers officially announced the entire line up of DC Cinematic Universe films through 2020. As these movies were spawned from 2013’s Man of Steel, there is a fresh round of people spouting off dumb reasons why “Man of Steel sucks” based on their selective memory about the character, his mythos, and the movie itself. A lot of these reasons are just recycled from last summer where people spammed them on social media as if they were Superman experts, when in reality they were completely wrong and just making themselves look stupid by parroting the hivemind of negativity that so often springs up around big summer movies.
Here are five of the big reasons people attack Man of Steel, and why they’re completely wrong.
Superman Never Kills
“My Superman doesn’t kill.” That was one of the big complaints people had against Man of Steel, and it came from fans and comic writers alike. They seem to exist in a world where Superman has a “no killing” rule like Batman, which isn’t the Superman of the comics at all. You may think that “your” Superman would never kill, but Man of Steel isn’t based on “your” Superman. It’s based on the Superman who has existed in the comics for 75 years.
People with selective memory about the character probably don’t realize that unlike Batman, Superman will kill when it is absolutely necessary. Stopping Zod from terraforming Earth and killing every human? Yea, I’d say that was pretty necessary. These people also forget that Superman killed Zod in Superman II. But it’s easy to remember things selectively if it gives you a soapbox to bitch from on the internet.
Superman Didn’t Save Enough People
This concept is almost tied with the dumb “Superman doesn’t kill” idea. Due to the massive destruction in Metropolis, people bitched and moaned that it was completely against Superman’s character to not stop and try to save every single person in those skyscrapers. These people again have selective memories of the character, and likely never read many Superman comics.
One of the most famous storylines, 1993’s Death of Superman, saw similar levels of destruction in Metropolis as Superman was focused on stopping Doomsday. Even with the massive destruction in Metropolis, that wasn’t Zod’s goal. Zod wanted to kill every single human on the planet, by stopping Zod Superman saved the entire planet. So by saying “Superman didn’t save enough people”, you’re saying six billion lives aren’t as important as a few city blocks in Metropolis.
After Man of Steel released in 2013, the internet crucified Zack Snyder for “changing” Superman. People who haven’t read a Superman comic in decades (or never in their life) jumped on an internet soap box and skewered Man of Steel with think pieces and essays filled with their own head canon of who they thought Superman is. Except Man of Steel is the best Superman movie and is the one that’s the most true to the source material, and now Zack Snyder has come out to defend himself from the haters on the internet.
Newsarama found a quote from the Hall of Justice podcast where Snyder addresses fan anger over what they think he did to Superman:
“People are always like ‘you changed Superman’,” said Snyder. “If you’re a comic book fan, you know that I didn’t change Superman. If you know the true canon, you know that I didn’t change Superman. If you’re a fan of the old movies, yeah I changed him a bit. That’s the difference. I’m a bit of a comic book fan and I always default to the true canon. Not the cinematic canon that sort of, that in my opinion, plays fast and loose with the rules. And so, I feel like I tried to create a Superman that would set a tone for the world.”
I read Superman, Action Comics, Batman/Superman, Superman/Wonder Woman, and Justice League every month. Basically if DC publishes a mainline comic with Superman, I read it and I have done so for over thirty years. And what Zack Snyder says is 100% true, despite what some angry internet think piece might try to convince you of.
I’ve been preaching this ever since Man of Steel came out in 2013, and it’s still my favorite comic book movie because how it faithfully brought the comic book world of Superman to the big screen:
I expect we’ll see similar reactions to the other DC Films releases over the years, as people simply don’t read comics anymore and instead rely on their own head canon to determine if a movie is true to the character or not.
Here’s an interesting follow up to the video that blew up the internet over the weekend. VideoLab, creators of the “Man of Steel in Color” video, have updated the description on their video to admit that the footage used wasn’t entirely genuine.
Last week their “Man of Steel in Color” video went viral with blogs linking it all over the place, because nothing gets people riled up more than a little bit of good old Man of Steel bashing. When the video went up I (and others) noticed that the “original” Man of Steel footage looked a lot darker than the actual movie.
I posted an article last Friday pointing out how the video basically lied about how Man of Steel looked. While most people agreed with the article, there were a few who tried to defend VideoLab and claim that they didn’t modify the footage at all. Even worse some flung death threats our way for trying to sabotage their YouTube success.
Well today there’s a nice bit of vindication, as VideoLab responded to all of the attention they got by updating the description on their YouTube video to admit to misrepresenting Man of Steel:
Man of Steel is a very dark movie and the footage you see is actually 90% genuine but, at the end of the day, this is a comedy video and no one should be taking it so seriously. If the title didn’t give it away, the fact we stop our comparisons every 5 seconds for a dumb joke should have. It’s not a lesson on color grading. It’s not a hit piece against DC. It’s not, ‘Look at us, we ‘fixed’ the movie.” It’s not an insider expose on the inner workings of corporate filmmaking.
VideoLab Video Claiming “Original Footage” Actual Man of Steel Blu-Ray
Don’t mistake a goofy entertainment video for something more. It’s a silly and slightly misleading opinion piece that’s being analyzed through a lens of legitimacy it does not deserve or warrant. The fact that this video is so popular should serve as a testament to Man of Steel, not to us.
If the footage is only 90% genuine, it’s not the “Original Footage” from Man of Steel. VideoLab was also caught modifying a publicity still from The Dark Knight for that section of the video. Right there they admit it’s a “slightly misleading opinion piece”, which should hopefully shut up those people who tried to say they didn’t darken the footage.
I didn’t want to link to their video at all, but you can read their entire updated description here.