It is becoming increasingly unlikely that Henry Cavill will ever return as Superman, but Dwayne Johnson is fighting to get him back in the suit anyway. Whether or not his efforts bear any fruit remains to be seen. This does, however, certainly say a lot about how people directly involved with the DC Extended Universe feel about the direction Warner Bros. is taking the franchise. That is worth paying attention to, and maybe discussions are actually happening behind the scenes.
Small Screen and Geekosity both bring word that Dwayne Johnson is fighting with the folks at Warner Bros. over their decision to leave Zack Snyder’s fan-named SnyderVerse behind. He reportedly wants Snyder’s versions of these characters to continue so that Henry Cavill does not have an excuse to leave the franchise for good. More specifically, he wants the entire Justice League to appear in a Black Adam sequel.
This is all mere rumor at this point. Mikey Sutton, the founder and editor over at Geekosity, has hit the nail on the head with many of his scoops, but it is still wise to remember that the studio has not yet come forward to confirm any of this. As such, take it with a grain of salt for now. In the case of this particular story, though, it was Edward Lauder over at Small Screen who first published an extensive article about Dwayne Johnson’s desire to have Henry Cavill appear in a Black Adam sequel.
That may be putting the cart before the horse, but hey, it would still be incredible to see all of these characters together on the big screen. Dwayne Johnson is starring as the titular super-being in the upcoming live-action Black Adam film, which is now slated for release on July 29, 2022. That is much sooner than it so easily could have been, especially with all of the delays and creative differences rocking the DC Extended Universe.
In the two weeks since it dropped, Zack Snyder’s Justice League has been a runaway success for both Warner Bros. and HBO Max. It bested Falcon and the Winter Soldier in terms of viewership and only fell to last year’s hit Wonder Woman 1984, which is incredibly impressive for a film that is technically a director’s cut of a 2017 movie. There is already a movement to restore the SnyderVerse—one that Dwayne Johnson seems to have joined all too enthusiastically—and some Snyder fans are even review bombing Godzilla vs. Kong in an effort to get WB to reconsider its stance on Zack Snyder’s DC movies. It is unclear what these people were trying to accomplish, but it likely won’t be as effective or as welcome as they so desperately hope it will be.
Hopefully, Dwayne Johnson will get the Superman/Black Adam dynamic he wants so badly. Henry Cavill is a good Superman, and his turn as the Man of Steel in the Snyder Cut was one of the more inspired aspects of the movie.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League is now streaming exclusively on HBO Max. Have you seen it yet?