Over the past few weeks, Superman fans have been on an emotional rollercoaster of epic proportions, and the ride isn’t over yet. After a rough five-year hiatus during which Henry Cavill didn’t show up in his supersuit, the actor finally gave people what they wanted when he reprized the role of Kal-El with a mid-credits appearance in Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam. After James Gunn and Peter Safran were named heads of DC Studios, Cavill made an official announcement about his return to the role. However, earlier this week, reports surfaced that Cavill’s long-awaited Man of Steel 2 could be in jeopardy along with other DC projects.
Just a few days after Gunn vaguely explained that “some of this is true, some is not true, and some of it we haven’t decided whether it’s true or not yet,” the head of DC Film assured that the Kryptonian hero is still a priority for the studio. Asked by a fan on Twitter if “we’ll see Superman”, Gunn replied, “Yes, of course. Superman is a huge priority, if not the biggest priority.”
His comments come after a shocking report from The Hollywood Reporter that cast doubt on DC’s previously bright future. The report read: “The first one, which builds on the close of Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 3, is the closing of the curtain on the Snyderverse and the heroes that director Zack Snyder chose for his Justice League. At this point, we’re seeing the close of Man of Steel 2.” with Henry Cavill back and no more Aquaman played by Jason Momoa.” The report goes on to say that Wonder Woman Gal Gadot, Momoa’s Aquaman and Cavill’s Superman were supposed to make cameo appearances in the upcoming The Flash film, but that too could be cancelled. “There is a debate within the studio about whether the cameo is worth keeping, and whether its inclusion promises something that the studio doesn’t plan to deliver,” the post reads.
Hollywood hero Cavill has come to dominate the headlines since his official return as the most powerful hero on the planet in Black Adam. In the scene where Superman says to Kahndak’s protector Tet-Adam, “We need to talk.” It was later revealed that Johnson was backstage campaigning for Cavill to return, which led to filming half of the scene with Cavill at the last minute. In fact, it was so urgent that the scene was filmed just a month before the movie was released.
Given the fact that the cameo actually saw the light of day, as well as Cavill’s official statement, it’s hard to believe that the studio would want to drop such a global statement. For now, Superman’s fate is still up in the air, but Gunn’s confidence is hopefully a sign of good things to come.
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