Henry Cavill is back as Superman. After a cameo in the post-credits scene of Black Adam, The Witcher actor confirmed his return to the role via an Instagram video. “I wanted to make it official that I’m back as Superman and the image you see in this post and the one you saw in Black Adam is a very small taste of what’s to come,” he said, outlining his future in the DC Extended Universe. The update comes after reports from last week claimed that Warner Bros. was planning a sequel to 2013’s Man of Steel, and was looking for writers to bring the project to life.
The 39-year-old Cavill didn’t go into detail, but thanked fans for their undying support in making this a reality. “I promise it will be rewarded,” he concludes. Cavill’s last appearance as Superman was in 2021’s Zack Snyder’s Justice League, after which he was sidelined until Dwayne Johnson confirmed his return in the post-credits scene for Black Adam. Johnson has been super vocal about his desire to realize the heavyweight clash between him and Superman on the big screen, even claiming that the build-up is “the whole point” of the film.
Black Adam grossed an impressive $140 million (approx. Rs. 1,157 crore) at the global box office in its opening weekend, heralding Cavill’s return to the franchise. In the short sequence, Superman is seen stepping out of the smoke and confronting Black Adam. But what’s even more interesting here is the theme choice, which is reminiscent of the classic John Williams score used for Christopher Reeves’ version of the character. Speaking to io9, Black Adam composer Lorne Balfe confirmed that the score was deliberately chosen after lengthy discussions – a far cry from the Hans Zimmer score used in Snyder’s version, suggesting Warner Bros.’ continued efforts to break away from the director’s vision.
“It’s such a difficult conversation because it divides so many people. The way I look at it is that a lot of thought went into why that theme was chosen. It wasn’t just a random thought. So it’s very difficult,” said Balfe. “There was thought that went into it and why, and there’s a relevance to it, and I think you’ll find that there’s… I just didn’t realize it would be like that . [a reaction].”
Fans were also quick to notice a change in hairstyle — both in the post-credits scene and the photo in Cavill’s Instagram post. Instead of the sleek hairstyle we saw in the Snydeverse, going forward we may get a traditional look where Superman does his signature spit curl, akin to the comics.
These updates come in the wake of an internal shakeup for the DC Films division, as Warner Bros. Struggling to establish its own version of Kevin Feige – the chief architect of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Discovery kickstarts a “reset” under a new team. Former boss Walter Hamada has left the studio after overseeing Black Adam’s release. Reports from last week indicate that he denied Johnson’s plans to bring Cavill back to the mega-budget franchise. However, the rejection prompted Johnson to meet with Warner Bros. Pictures executives Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy, who approved his request.
Back in August, executive-turned-producer Dan Lin was reportedly in the running to replace Hamada as head of DC Films, though nothing came of it. The producer is also involved in the upcoming Duffer Brothers’ live-action adaptation of Death Note for Netflix.