Henry Cavill doesn’t seem like he’d be in a place to be making huge demands around an increased salary for a superhero film. But this is Hollywood we are talking about so anything is on the table even if your previous franchise doesn’t seem to want you anymore. That’s the case with Cavill who apparently is demanding a tidy sum to switch comic book houses and come to work for Marvel. According to insider Daniel Richtman, the actor has demanded $10 million dollars to come and take part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
There aren’t any details about what character Henry Cavill would play in the Marvel Universe. I suppose that kind of thing is neither here nor there if two parties can’t work out the money first. Or maybe it’s a thing where he’ll jump into any set of spandex if the money is right. But it appears that whatever the role, Cavill won’t come cheap to jump studios and work as a new hero. Whether these are actual negotiations or just standard industry demands also isn’t clear, but moving from DC to Marvel would definitely represent a monumental shift for both studios.
Up until just a couple of weeks ago, it looked like Henry Cavill would be playing Superman for the foreseeable future. After all, he’d had the role since 2013’s Man of Steel and then reprised it for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and then 2017’s Justice League. And now we are on the verge of getting the Zack Snyder cut of that latter film which should rewrite at least some of the Superman problems of the original.
But then there was a major shakeup in the DC Universe with word coming that the studio would be moving in a totally new direction when it came to the Superman character. J.J. Abrams was put in to produce a new film and Ta-Nehisi Coates signed on to pen an original script. The word came out that they would be recasting Superman with a black actor (Michael B. Jordan maybe?) and that Henry Cavill wouldn’t be the face of the franchise moving forward. Sure, they said he could come around for some cameos and such but going forward the Man of Steel was going to be someone totally different.
There was some speculation that DC still has a place for Henry Cavill in the Universe but a lot of that hinges on how Zack Snyder’s Justice League performs on HBO Max later this month. If the film generates significant buzz, then Cavill might still have a place. If it falls flat? Well, that could be it at DC for the actor.
Some rumors around Henry Cavill moving to Marvel had him possibly taking on the Captain Britain role in the universe. Despite his many roles that would suggest otherwise, Cavill is actually from England making this something of a logical casting if they opted for it. Is it Superman? Of course, not. Not by any stretch of the imagination. But it would keep him as part of a major comic book franchise.
We will for sure be hearing more about Henry Cavill and his future in the DC Extended Universe as the studio gears up for the Justice League re-release later this month. That, more than anything will likely decide the future for the actor. And then we can see if Marvel is willing to pony up that kind of cash.