Henry Cavill is confirmed to shoot new scenes as Superman for the upcoming Justice League Snyder cut. What does this mean for your future DCEU?
Henry Cavill as Clark Kent Superman in Batman V Superman
The new Justice League Snyder cuts are confirmed for October featuring Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck, but what does this mean for Superman’s future in the DCEU? Zack Snyder’s version of the Justice League is quickly becoming everything those who campaigned for its release prayed it would be.
The debut trailer promises Darkseid, more Knightmare material, and a generally darker tone compared to the 2017 theatrical release, and Snyder’s Justice League is now officially a full 4-hour marathon. But after Warner Bros. finally announced that the Snyder cut would be coming to HBO Max in 2021, fans wondered if additional new takes would be necessary. In a move that will only add to Snyder’s already considerable hype, it is now confirmed that Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck will be filming additional footage next month.
In Affleck’s case, this news doesn’t come as a huge surprise. It has been announced that the actor will reprise his role as Caped Crusader in the upcoming film The Flash alongside Michael Keaton’s 1989 Batman, so Affleck already had both firm feet in the DCEU.
Henry Cavill’s situation is much less clear. After starring in Man of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League, Cavill’s future in the DCEU didn’t seem clear until reports surfaced in 2018 that claimed the actor had finished playing Clark Kent. It later emerged that Warner Bros. simply had no plans for the superhero. There was no dramatic scene where Cavill stormed out of Warner Bros. HQ, red cape tucked angrily in his coat pocket.
Superman’s DCEU status was unclear until earlier this year when reports suggested that Cavill was in negotiations for a cameo in another DCEU movie, but that there was still no interest in a Man of Steel 2. The DCEU status The actors were as simple as a Lex Luthor Master Plan.
Now that Cavill is showing up to work on the Snyder cut, though, his status in the DCEU has taken a significant step, but in what direction? First of all, it’s important to note that Cavill’s new Superman shots in the Snyder cut don’t automatically constitute a full return.
From an early stage, Cavill has been a prominent supporter of Snyder’s Justice League release (why wouldn’t he be after the mustache debacle?), So it’s quite possible that his new takes were shot ad hoc, without necessarily having a contractual obligation to replay Superman. With that being said, it’s also possible that the mystery project Cavill and Warner Bros. were negotiating in May was the Snyder cut, as the official HBO Max announcement came that same month. Snyder’s cut could turn out to be Henry Cavill’s Superman swan song.
Although Cavill’s involvement in the new Justice League material is no guarantee of his future in the DCEU, the move can still be interpreted as an encouraging sign. For the past 2 years, Warner Bros. has shown little enthusiasm for keeping Cavill’s Superman an active member of their franchise in the same way that Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa are currently. Seeing Cavill once again with the famous “S” is a positive indication that the actor may not have finished as Clark Kent yet, even if the Snyder cut exists outside of the regular DCEU continuity.
It would be a stretch to claim that Man of Steel 2 is on the cards, but Cavill’s new Snyder shots might grease the wheels for future appearances, potentially as part of The Flash’s time-bending craze, or for a cameo in Shazam 2.
If there’s one thing fans have learned about the DCEU’s plans over the past year, it’s that there are no actual plans. At least not anyone that is not subject to change. If a time-traveling Barry Allen had appeared in January and revealed that, in September, the Snyder cut would be filming new scenes, and Ben Affleck would make his return to the big screen as Batman alongside Michael Keaton, he would have laughed at he. mercilessly and told him to turn off the Speed Force.
Yet that’s the situation the DC cinematic universe is currently in. Henry Cavill’s new shots of Snyder’s Justice League are certainly caused for optimism, but Warner Bros. could easily announce that Man of Steel 2 is severing ties with Cavill’s Superman.