Henry Cavill is reportedly in talks to reprise his role as Superman in a new film based on the DC Comic books.
Sources confirmed to Variety the Man of Steel actor, whose most recent outing as Clark Kent came in 2017’s Justice League, is in talks to make an unexpected return as America’s beloved superhero.
Insiders also told Deadline.com the project will not be a “standalone film”, with Warner Bros’ chiefs having several DC movies at various stages of production – Matt Reeves‘ The Batman, which began shooting before the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as Shazam 2, Dwayne Johnson‘s Black Adam and Aquaman 2. Wonder Woman 1984 and a new Suicide Squad movie are also in post-production awaiting release.
Man of Steel director Zack Snyder recently announced he would release the long-rumored Snyder Cut of Justice League for HBO Max, which could require reshoots, but insiders told Variety, Cavill’s talks relate to a cameo in one of DC’s upcoming films.
In an interview with Mens’ Health magazine late last year (2019), Cavill said he had not given up the role, despite the apparent shelving of plans for a continuing DC Extended Universe in favor of standalone franchises.
“The cape is still in the closet,” the star of The Witcher said. “It’s still mine. I’m not going to sit quietly in the dark as all the stuff is going on. I’ve not given up the role.
“There’s a lot I have to give for Superman yet. A lot of storytelling to do. A lot of real, true depths to the honesty of the character I want to get into. I want to reflect the comic books. That’s important to me. There’s a lot of justice to be done for Superman. The status is: You’ll see.”