Henry Cavill’s Confirmation That Warner Bros. Actively Prevented His Superman Return

After nearly a decade of ups and downs, Warner Bros. Discovery is working hard to put the DC Extended Universe back on track. Sadly, Henry Cavill’s Superman, one of the most significant figures in the entire DC catalogue, hasn’t appeared in a lot of that more recent past.

Despite playing the Man of Steel in the first two DCEU films, Cavill hasn’t appeared in a canonical Justice League film since its disastrous theatrical release in 2017, which excludes the reshoots for Zack Snyder’s Justice League on HBO Max in 2021.

However, Warner Bros. even went so far as to use a stand-in for his character at the conclusion of 2019’s Shazam! He hasn’t since been called back to don the blue suit and red cape for another round of action.

Although there have been rumors that he will appear in this year’s Black Adam, fans are upset about Superman’s prolonged absence from the DCEU and the lack of any indications as to when he will play a significant role in the plot once more. And a recent rumor claims that viewers now understand who was in charge of that choice.

Cavill’s Superman Received A Wait From Warner Bros

Dwayne Johnson spoke about the Warner Bros. Discovery leadership change while on the Black Adam press tour. Johnson emphasized that Black Adam’s primary objective was to “take care of the fans,” reiterating the fact that it took six years to persuade Warner Bros. and DC Films to reinstate Henry Cavill’s Superman in the DC Extended Universe.

Johnson specifically mentioned how the studios’ previous management “kept saying no” to Cavill’s return as a superhero; the studios’ current management is what permitted Black Adam to “usher in a new era in the DC Universe” and depict a promising future for Cavill’s Superman:

“This benefits the larger DC Universe as well as Black Adam. The fans are taken care of, which is more important than anything else, and that is where you want your lead foot to be. Yes, there were phone calls and meetings as well, but man, it took years—six years—to complete that.

Henry Cavill's Confirmation That Warner Bros. Actively Prevented His Superman Return (2)
Henry Cavill’s Confirmation That Warner Bros. Actively Prevented His Superman Return (2)

I’ll say it again: six years ago, we first brought up the subject, and they flat-out refused. As we usher in a new era and usher out an old one in the DC Universe, that leadership is no longer present.”

From 2018 to the present, the firm has been led by four distinct chairpersons: Kevin Tsujihara, Ann Sarnoff, Michael De Luca, and Pamela Abdy, the latter two are currently serving as co-chairpersons as of April 2022.

According to Johnson’s remarks, De Luca and Abdy were a part of the team that approved Cavill’s Superman’s comeback, although the Warner Bros. “regime” under Tsujihara and Sarnoff did not.

Will The Rock Win Back Superman?

Superman’s absence from the DC Extended Universe for such a long time seems to be a cinematic crime for a character/portrayal combo as well-known as Henry Cavill’s Superman. There doesn’t appear to be a solid explanation for why Warner Bros. has kept Cavill out of the blue-and-red costume for such a long time, especially when the actor wants to reprise the role in the future.

The DCEU’s treatment of Superman by Warner Bros. has been criticized by Dwayne Johnson himself, who simply stated that the character has “been on the sidelines for too long.” And considering that Black Adam may see the return of Superman in some capacity, it only makes sense that The Rock would be the one to perhaps fulfill fans’ hopes for the Man of Steel.

Until Black Adam’s complete release in a few days, it is unknown whether Superman will be present in any aspect of the film. But fans are eager to see what transpires as they wait for Cavill’s Clark Kent to return to action.

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