Superman rumors are running rampant again, and there’s no truth to the latest round of news regarding Henry Cavill’s status as the Man of Steel, Collider has learned. The website Revenge of the Fans reported yesterday that the “big hurdle” preventing Cavill from appearing as Superman in a new Warner Bros. DC movie is that Cavill’s team was making “demands” including a producer credit, director and script approval for any potential Man of Steel 2.
We reached out to Cavill’s team, and they vehemently denied this rumor as “patently inaccurate,” noting there is “no truth to this.” Cavill is not making any such demands contingent upon his return for a Man of Steel sequel.
Cavill landed the coveted role as Clark Kent for Zack Snyder’s 2013 film Man of Steel, and subsequently reprised his role as Clark/Superman in Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the reshoot-heavy Justice League. Fans have been clamoring for a proper Superman sequel ever since Man of Steel hit theaters, as Batman v Superman was a compelling idea but led to less screentime for Kent as it also had to introduce Ben Affleck’s Batman. But thus far, that Superman sequel has yet to materialize.
Last September, THR reported that Cavill was “parting ways” with Warner Bros. and the character, but it’s important to note that since that time, neither Warner Bros. nor Cavill have ever said he’s not playing Superman anymore. At the time of THR’s report, WB put out a statement simply saying “We have a great relationship and great respect for Henry Cavill that continues to remain unchanged. Additionally we have made no current decisions regarding any upcoming Superman films,”
Warner Bros. is currently at a bit of an inflection point for its DC Films, and after attempting grand overarching plans for an interconnected universe, it very much feels like they’re now taking it one movie at a time. Case in point: The Birds of Prey project that was in development turned out to be so enticing that it jumped ahead of a Suicide Squad sequel in terms of production, and is now currently filming. Moreover, James Gunn was recently hired to write and direct the Suicide Squad sequel, which may turn out to be more of a reboot.
Then there’s The Batman, for which Warner Bros. finally confirmed Affleck will not star. Matt Reeves is writing and directing that film, which will reportedly introduce a younger Batman, but it’s unclear how/if it’ll connect to the existing DC Films.
The established Justice League hasn’t been entirely disbanded. Gal Gadot returns as Wonder Woman in the sequel Wonder Woman 1984 next summer, and the smashing success of Aquaman all but assures Jason Momoa will be back for a sequel to that movie. This means there’s still very much the possibility that Cavill could return in some kind of capacity, whether that’s in a proper Man of Steel sequel (here’s hoping) or a supporting or cameo role in one of the other upcoming DC films.
For now, Cavill is currently shooting the highly anticipated Netflix fantasy series The Witcher, in which he fills the lead role. And while Warner Bros. has yet to announce plans for more of Cavill as Superman, we can confirm that the holdup is definitely not due to contract demands imposed by Cavill or his team.