In an interview with Men’s Health, Henry Cavill confirms he would return to the role of Superman.
The final moments of Justice League (2017) features the last appearance of Henry Cavill as Superman to date, in which he performs the classic shirt-rip and flys offscreen to further adventures. But the film’s disappointing box office and critical reception put a kibosh on any immediate plans for future big-screen Superman projects.
Since then, a planned cameo for Cavill’s Superman in the Shazam! movie fell through. This year, Henry Cavill took on a starring role in an ongoing The Witcher series for Netflix. Both moves have caused many to speculate that his days as Superman are over.
But Cavill has confirmed in an interview with Men’s Health that his interest in playing Superman is still strong:
“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.”
As the two-year anniversary of Justice League passed, some of its stars, including Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck have taken to social media to call for a director’s cut release of the film, which was controversially altered in post-production. Cavill has not lent his voice to these efforts, but did offer some brief words about his past Superman projects:
Man of Steel? “A great starting point. If I were to go back, I don’t think I’d change anything.” Batman v Superman? “Very much a Batman movie. And I think that realm of darkness is great for a Batman movie.” Justice League? “It didn’t work.”
No one need mince words about Justice League‘s now well-accepted failures, but that Batman v Superman quote seems to stand out as a polite rebuke. “Very much a Batman movie,” with a tone “great for a Batman movie.” What those statements imply about the film’s treatment of the other title character, we’ll have to leave up to you to decide.
“There’s a lot of justice to be done for Superman” also implies that the character has not always been presented properly to this point. All three of the films in which Cavill portrays Superman have caused some controversy, fan backlash, and/or critical derision.
Man of Steel was a hopeful beginning, mired in tone-deaf destruction porn and excessive violence. Batman v Superman gave us a despondent Superman drowning in despair. Justice League is a Frankenstein’s monster of a film, with disparate pieces sewn together to satisfy irreconcilable demands from studio executives, fans, and critics.
But despite its failures, Justice League did one thing right: it established Superman as a hero people care about and look up to. Henry Cavill has been consistently been good in the role. With the right material, he could be great. It would be a shame to lose him before he really had a chance.