Henry Cavill returns to DCEU as Superman


Up, Up and Away! This weekend, Dwayne Johnson brought the DC Extended Universe back to life with his first superhero film, Black Adam. The film punched its way to $67 million at the domestic box office and $140 million worldwide. One of the standout scenes of the film was actually the mid-credits scene, where actor Henry Cavill emerged as The Man of Tomorrow.

The scene, which was filmed in secrecy, features Johnson’s Teth Adam imprisoned in his home of Kahndahq. He is in the middle of a conversation -more of a threat – from villainous Amanda Waller (Viola Davis). Adam is told that he must remain home or he, “Will not live to regret the decision of leaving.” When Adam barks back that there is no one on the planet who is strong enough to stop him. That’s when Waller informs Black Adam that “it’s a good thing she knows people from other planets.”

Seconds later, Cavill’s Superman emerges dramatically out of the smoke, accompanied by John Williams’s iconic Superman score. Superman suggests that he and Black Adam should talk.

Ever since the film debuted in Mexico, the buzz for the film has been about this scene.

Now, Cavill has taken the buzz to the next level by confirming in an Instagram video that he is indeed back as Kal-El.

“I wanted to make it official — I am back as Superman,” Cavill said in a video. He thanked the fans, “most of all. Thank you for your support and for your patience.” He added that what audiences saw in Black Adam is a “very small taste” of things to come. Look below:

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No writers or directors attached to any specific project yet so we are probably at least two to three years away from seeing Cavill in theaters. But THR reports the intention is for Cavill to headline at least one solo outing for The Man of Tomorrow and possibly make cameos or team-ups in other films under new Warners film bosses Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy.

The battle to make Cavill fly again was on par with a fight with General Zod.  According to THR, Johnson and his production team initially were denied the cameo idea by since departed-DC film boss Walter Hamada, who had inexplicably shelved The Man of Steel. But manager Dany Garcia reps Cavill and Johnson, approached De Luca and Abdy, who began their jobs in July. They said yes.

The actor secretly filmed the cameo in London after the deal was closed.

Cavill first played Superman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and reprised the role for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017). When JL underwent extensive reshoots with director Josh Whedon, Cavill reshot Superman scenes wearing a mustache which was removed with embarrassingly bad special effects. This left his character in doubt.

But he is now back. Up, up and away! What this announcement means for the current CW series Superman and Lois is anyone’s guess.

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The Geek is a working screenwriter, director and screenwriting instructor.