Henry Cavill and DC have had a long-standing relationship that seems to waver on the possibility that he’ll suit up again as one of the most iconic superheroes of all time. Man of Steel was released in 2013, and there have been multiple talks through the years of Cavill being able to reprise his role as Superman in another solo film. Sadly, there haven’t been much more than rumors in regards to those talks.
Now, it would appear that DC has all but abandoned the idea of Henry Cavill returning to take on the role of Krypton’s last son, as the new Superman will, in fact, be Black. Some were wondering if such a change would warrant a negative response from Cavill, seeing as the studio has not given him his chance to reprise his role as Superman in a sequel standalone film.
When asked about the new direction of Superman, Henry Cavill had this to say to The Hollywood Reporter: “It’s exciting — Superman’s far more than skin color.” That is very mature and the type of response you would hope to come from a man that has taken on the cape as comic’s most moral superhero. Superman, like many heroes, should exist above what their initial skin tone was when they were first thought up, and with the inclusionary way in which the world operates now, change is something that everyone must get used to.
Henry Cavill went on to say that he isn’t bothered by the idea of multiple Supermans on-screen, citing characters like Joker. “Superman is an ideal. Superman’s an extraordinary thing that lives within our hearts. Why not have multiple Supermen going on? Joaquin Phoenix did a wonderful Joker movie; so what if it’s not tied to the rest of [the franchise]? They have multiple Superman comic book storylines happening at the same time.”
Comics are currently taking a turn into which multiple storylines and worlds exist altogether, so the new Superman projects don’t mean Henry Cavill’s ruled out as Superman yet. That is the basis for the new The Flash film that is set to come out in 2022. This new film introduces the first live-action multiverse for the DC franchise. Barry Allen causes a rift in the universe that seemingly brings back new and old versions of popular superheroes from the DC universe. Michael Keaton is set to reprise his role as Batman, which he hasn’t done since Batman Returns came out in 1992.
If the multiverse exists in all of comics and is now being brought into live-action films, there should be no reason that Henry Cavill’s Superman can’t exist with this new iteration. Currently, Michael B. Jordan is developing his own take on Superman for HBO. Further details have not yet revealed if his project is to be a limited series or film. Val-Zod is the character in which Jordan is producing and maybe starring as and is being described as another Kryptonian who must battle a brainwashed Superman. JJ Abrams and Ta-Nehisi Coates have also teamed up to create a Black iteration of Clark Kent with Bad Robot studios being linked to producing the film. This film seemingly goes after the traditional Superman storyline, albeit with a twist in the hero’s iconic look.
Henry Cavill has made his stance known that he would see no issues with a new version of Superman, and the idea that is tied to this could be that all of these new Superman iterations could battle one another or team up in the near future. The multiverse is a strange thing where anything can happen, and seeing more than one Superman could be one of the most exciting and epic battles that live-action films have ever seen on screen.