One of the best creative minds behind what is arguably Marvel’s very best TV property is setting his sights on being the next person to helm a Superman movie with none other than the Man of Steel himself, Henry Cavill. Stephen DeKnight, who is perhaps best known as the showrunner for the first season of Marvel and Netflix’s ill-fated connected universe starter Daredevil, recently responded to a fan on Twitter who said that they would love to see him take the reins on a Superman movie. In response to another fan’s inquiry about who he would cast in the titular role, DeKnight noted that he would love to use current DC Extended Universe star Henry Cavill and continue his journey.
In another follow-up post, Stephen DeKnight said that he would likely pit Henry Cavill’s version of Superman up against the DC Comics character Brainiac. This would make a lot of sense. Not only is Brainiac one of the most beloved villains from the comics that has never made his way to the big screen, but it’s actually an idea that original Man of Steel director Zack Snyder was reportedly toying with.
Had the sequel to his 2013 hit not been the world-expanding Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and was simply a normal superhero sequel, Collider reported in 2015 that Zack Snyder was going to set Henry Cavill’s Clark Kent up against Brainiac. Unfortunately, that never came to fruition, leaving brilliant artists like Stephen DeKnight and others merely wishing they could take on Man of Steel 2. Although DeKnight wrote in a follow-up tweet that he is not now nor has he ever been in official talks to join the DC Extended Universe, let alone be trusted with one of its most iconic tentpole characters, getting to direct Henry Cavill in a Superman project would be an interesting full-circle moment for him.
Long before Henry Cavill was synonymous with Clark Kent, that accolade went to Tom Welling on the TV show Smallville, which ran from 2001 to 2011. Stephen DeKnight explained to SlashFilm in 2018 that he was brought in to write 15 episodes of that colossal run by none other than Jeph Loeb, who went on to be the boss of Marvel Television and kicked off the Defenders universe by putting him at the helm of Daredevil in 2015.
Unfortunately for those who would like to see Stephen DeKnight and Henry Cavill collaborate, he may very well be too busy on the Marvel end of things to make the pivot over to DC. As fans who have been paying attention know, Daredevil is getting some renewed popularity in 2022 after Charlie Cox reprised his role as Matt Murdock for a cameo in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Meanwhile, the Man Without Fear’s arch-nemesis, Kingpin (played by Vincent D’onofrio) made his grand return in the final episode of Marvel’s latest Disney+ series Hawkeye. While nothing is official, cries to #SaveDaredevil have persisted since Netflix pulled the plug on it, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher and The Defenders years ago. However, now with renewed attention on the TV series and Henry Cavill busy with other things like The Witcher, it’s possible that Stephen DeKnight is closer to getting back in the saddle with Daredevil than signing on for Man of Steel 2.