Henry Cavill: I’m back as Superman

The return of the Man of Steel!

Henry Cavill posted on social media Monday that he was “returning as Superman” after appearing in the post-credits scene for “Black Adam,” which opened Friday for $140 million worldwide.

In a video posted on his Instagram, Cavill said, “I wanted to wait until the weekend was over before I post this because I wanted to give you all a chance to see ‘Black Adam.’ But now that I have so many of you, I wanted to make it official.” : I’m back to Superman.”

Cavill said his picture in a Superman suit included in his Instagram video and that of his movie “Black Adam” are just a very small taste of things to come. The 39-year-old actor did not provide further details, but thanked fans for their enthusiastic response to Cavill’s return as the last of Krypton’s sons.

Thank you for your support and thank you for your patience,” Cavill said. “I promise he will be rewarded.”

This news comes after years of rumors, gossip, and fan speculation about the long-awaited return of Superman in the DC Universe. Dwayne Johnson has also been amplifying the confrontation between his anti-hero Black Adam and Cavill Superman while promoting his movie in recent weeks.

Cavill first raised Superman nearly 10 years ago in 2013’s “Man of Steel”. He’s played Son of Krypton only a few times since then: in 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” 2017’s “Justice League,” 2021’s “Zack Snyder’s Justice League,” and a brief post-credits segment in “Black Adam.” (Superman appeared as a character at the end of 2019’s “Shazam!” but Cavill didn’t play the role portrayed from the neck down.)

To many fans, Cavill seemed unnaturally destined for the role, between his uncanny handsomeness and uncanny physique. But all his outings as Superman have proven controversial for one reason or another. Some fans loved director Zack Snyder’s physically strong, emotionally tormented, and morally ambiguous approach to the character, while others found it inconsistent with what made Superman one of the most enduring superhero characters ever.

Cavill always seemed to be stuck in the middle. The actor appears to have been left behind when Warner Bros. To break with Snyder and his creative vision for the DC Universe, which put Cavill’s Superman at its center. But the actor — who has been busy on Netflix facing off against the popular fantasy series “The Witcher” and playing Sherlock Holmes opposite Millie Bobby Brown in the “Enola Holmes” movies — hasn’t been shy about expressing his desire to continue wearing Superman’s tights and mantle. .

Meanwhile, J.J. Abrams’s Bad Robot has been slowly developing a separate Black Superman project with author Ta-Nehisi Coates for over a year without any further announcements. David Zaslav, CEO of New Warner Bros. Discovery is frustrated that the character has been gathering dust while Marvel Studios continues to produce at least three feature films per year.

Meanwhile, Johnson and his producing partners have made it clear that their long-term vision of Black Adam includes a powerful story involving Superman.

“It wasn’t a one-off or just a fight,” producer Hiram Garcia said recently. “We really want to craft a long form of storytelling and show that these two characters are in the same universe and we’re going to have to deal with each other often, either on the same side or on opposite sides. I hope they collide at some point, but it’s not just about a situation One fight.

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