As the many rumors continue to swirl around Henry Cavill’s future status as Superman, let’s add one more to the list. This once again comes from insider Daniel Richtman who now claims that Cavill is still pushing for a return as Superman, but this time it’s for a series at HBO Max.
Richtman’s rumor states that “Henry Cavill seeing if Warner Media will do a Superman show for HBO Max,” but the tipster doesn’t offer any more information than that. If true, this would mark a change in strategy by Cavill as his only interest in the recent past has been to return as Supes in feature films. But given the current landscape of how movies are being viewed, moving over to a popular streaming service isn’t a bad call. But would Warner even consider it?
If we go by Richtman’s rumor track record, there is no clear answer to that question. According to Richtman, Henry Cavill has been blaming DC Films president Walter Hamada (who also has been at odds with Ray Fisher) for taking a lesser approach with Superman, moving him to the sidelines although the studio is apparently still offering Cavill Superman cameos. There is also the rumor that Cavill is livid at the new J.J. Abrams Superman reboot, which looks to completely change the DC Extended Universe. Of course, there was also the rumor that Cavill spoke directly to Dwayne Johnson about the possibility that Superman could go up against Black Adam in the near future.
The rumors are endless and ongoing but for now, just that – rumors. Henry Cavill made his return to the red cape (ahem, black cape) recently in Zack Snyder’s Justice League following the drama that first was Joss Whedon’s redo of Snyder’s version, then the year-long speculation that a possible Snyder cut existed. Once fans got involved, the studio relented and shelled out over $70 million to help Snyder bring his vision back to life. All was fine until it was leaked (thank you Mr. Richtman) that Cavill was never a fan of how Snyder has handled Superman.
Then we have the J.J. Abrams reboot that won’t involve Henry Cavill at all. This made big news not only that J.J. Abrams would be involved with his Bad Robot production team, but that the prolific director/writer/producer is bringing on noted author Ta-Nehisi Coates to pen the script. While Coates has written such acclaimed titles such as The Beautiful Struggle, Between the World and Me, and We Were Eight Years in Power, he has never penned a screenplay before. Coates has, though, been part of the comic book world as he has also wrote a Black Panther series. The speculation now that Abrams has brought on Coates to write the reboot is that Abrams and DC Films is looking to take the new Superman in a whole different direction by introducing the first black Superman. While neither Abrams nor Coates spoke specifically about this possible new direction, Abrams hinted at the new direction via The Hollywood Reporter. “There is a new, powerful and moving Superman story yet to be told. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with the brilliant Mr. Coates to help bring that story to the big screen, and we’re beyond thankful to the team at Warner Bros. for the opportunity.”
Where all this leaves Henry Cavill is anyone’s guess (as per the many Richtman rumors). With his The Witcher series back in production, finding time right now may be a little tricky but nothing is out of the realm of possibility. Fans of Cavill’s Superman (and there are many) would obviously be on board for a Superman series at HBO Max but is this something WarnerMedia would even entertain seeing as that J.J. Abrams is working on his reboot and The CW has Tyler Hoechlin playing Superman in their Superman & Lois series. Is there a thing as too much Superman? Maybe we’ll find out.