Considering the massive fan demand, Dwayne Johnson brought Henry Cavill back as Superman in the post-credit scene of his 2022 film Black Adam. Fans were again hopeful for his return in either the sequel of Black Adam or his 2013 film Man of Steel. However, all this was short-lived, as soon after his comeback James Gunn happened to the DC Universe. The new co-CEOs, James Gunn and Peter Safran, decided to reboot the DCU and start with a new Superman.
DC fans who were all hyped up about the Man of Steel star’s return were disappointed with his decision. While the decision has caused the co-CEO to become the target of fans, some found potential in his plans for the new DCU. The topic has become another endless debate in the superhero genre. However, unlike fans, can an artificial intelligence chatbot put a reasonable end to this debate?
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ChatGPT on Why Henry Cavill’s Departure Was Not the Best Plan For DC’s Future
Being distanced from DC films for a brief period after his 2017 DC film led many to believe that Henry Cavill would not be returning as Superman anymore, before Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam. Followed by his return, rumors also stated that the studio might be planning a sequel to his 2013 film, only for James Gunn to ruin everything with his one announcement.
ChatGPT also had some interesting points when asked if the co-CEO made a mistake by kicking out the Mission Impossible star. The AI chatbox stated that the studio could have followed up on fans’ demands and maintained the “continuity and familiarity” for fans and viewers who have been following the DCEU since the release of its first film.
“Henry Cavill’s portrayal of Superman has been well-received by fans, and bringing him back for future movies would provide continuity and familiarity for viewers. This would be especially important for fans who have invested in the character and the franchise over the years.”
It also stated that the 39-year-old actor has the “physique and the charisma” to embody the superhero perfectly and it was also one of the things that made him stand out.
“Henry Cavill’s physicality and imposing presence are key aspects of his portrayal of Superman. He has the physique and the charisma to embody the superhero, and this is a significant part of what makes his performance so compelling.”
Other than these initial responses ChatGPT also reasoned with why it would have been more suitable not only for the fans but also for the studio to continue with the Dawn of Justice star in the DCU.
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Fans’ Support And the Unfinished Story Arc
The fact that DC fans are still rooting for Henry Cavill’s return as Superman is not hidden from ChatGPT either. The campaigns for restoring the Snyderverse have been going on since the release of the 2017 film Justice League. And the AI chatbox also highlighted stated that the fans have been in support of the Enola Holmes actor’s return for years.
“Fans of Henry Cavill and the Superman character have shown their overwhelming support for the actor’s return to the role. This is evident from social media campaigns and petitions that have been launched to encourage the studio to bring him back.”
Bringing him back would not only fulfill the fans’ demand but would possibly be beneficial to the studio as well. And there is no doubt that The Tudors star would have again given an incredible performance.
“Henry Cavill has proven his acting chops in a variety of roles, and his portrayal of Superman has been praised for its emotional depth and complexity. He brings a humanity to the character that makes him relatable and empathetic, which is an essential aspect of the superhero’s appeal.”
One of the most significant things would have been to give the required arc to the character. Henry Cavill portrayed his DC character in several films, including Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League. Clark Kent, aka Superman’s story, was left unfinished due to the “studio’s restructuring” and DCU’s reboot.
“Henry Cavill’s portrayal of Superman was cut short due to the studio’s restructuring and the changing direction of the franchise. Bringing him back would provide an opportunity to continue his story arc and explore the character’s development further. This would be satisfying for fans who have invested in the character and his journey.”
ChatGPT’s response does seem reasonable as to why the studio could have continued with the Night Hunter actor for future DC movies. James Gunn could finish what Zack Snyder started with the 2013 film, considering that Snyder had plans to continue the story.
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