DC Villain Zack Snyder Wanted Henry Cavill to Fight in Man of Steel 2 Debuting in Superman Legacy: New Report Spills Major James Gunn News

Originally considered to appear in the canned sequel to MOS, Brainiac might be the main antagonist for Superman: Legacy claim scoopers.

dc villain zack snyder wanted henry cavill to fight in man of steel 2 debuting in superman legacy


  • Superman: Legacy is bringing Brainiac into the DCU claims scoopers.
  • Zack Snyder confirmed that Brainiac was considered the ideal villain for Henry Cavill's Superman.
  • Had it not been for WB's fixation on chasing the MCU, we might've already witnessed Brainiac on the big screen.
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For years fans have been imploring to witness one of Superman’s biggest villains on the big screen, who would sum up to be a perfect challenge for the man of steel. And this was almost the case for the sequel to Zack Snyder’s highly divisive Man of Steel, which Snyder confirmed himself while reflecting on the possible direction of the canned sequel.


And while the plans of witnessing a face-off between Cavill’s Superman and Brainiac are gone with James Gunn scrapping the struggling DCEU, the hopes of seeing Brainiac have once again rekindled.

Also read: Zack Snyder Hinted Henry Cavill’s Superman is DC’s Version of Jesus: “It’s easier to evoke those things through imagery”

Henry Cavill's infamous Superman scene from Man of Steel
Man of Steel (2013)

James Gunn’s Superman: Legacy Will See Brainiac as the Main Villain Claims Scoopers

With James Gunn set to bring Superman back to his roots with the new DCU’s first major release, Superman: Legacy, rumors have emerged claiming that Brainiac is reportedly involved in the project. Although Gunn revealed that Legacy will witness The Engineer (María Gabriela de Faría), it appears she might not be the main big baddie of the film. And per Scoopers, Brainiac will end up being the main villain of the Superman reboot.

However, considering that Gunn has yet to comment on the reports, one should take it with a pinch of salt for now, as Gunn has already dismissed the rumors of the movie being set in the Middle East. And with Deadline reporting that Superman: Legacy will witness Nicholas Hoult in the role of Lex Luthor, it’ll be interesting to see if Brainiac ends up being involved in the film or not.

Also read: “Even the actual name is insulting”: Martin Scorsese Went Guns Blazing Against Zack Snyder’s One Mortal Enemy That Sunk the DCEU

Superman and Brainiac | DC Comics
Superman and Brainiac | DC Comics

Brainiac Was the Ideal Choice for Superman’s Next Villain per Zack Snyder

While fans are hoping that Brainiac will eventually get his moment to shine in James Gunn‘s new DCU, the iconic villain might’ve already made it to the big screens if WB didn’t try to rush things. Per Zack Snyder, the creative heads did consider bringing Brainiac into the mix, as he’d have made an ideal villain for the sequel to Man of Steel. And had it been a traditional sequel to Zack Snyder’s MOS instead of BVS, which put DCEU on life support for the rest of its existence, we might’ve already witnessed the iconic character on the big screen. Zack Snyder told BroBible:

“We talked about a Brainiac movie…I just think it’s best to give Superman these extraterrestrial challenges because I think you’ve got to be careful with — other than Lex Luthor, because, of course, you have to continue with Lex, because Lex is his real nemesis — but I think you really have to look outside of the Earth for challenges for him because of how powerful he is.”

Also read: Zack Snyder on Justice League: “You can be the greatest film-maker in the world, but if no one sees your movie…”

Zack Snyder's Man of Steel
Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel

Although whether Brainiac ends up being the main villain in Superman: Legacy remains to be seen, it’s reasonable to be optimistic about DCU’s new chapter under James Gunn’s leadership.


Superman: Legacy will hit theatres on 25 July 2025.





Written by Santanu Roy

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Santanu Roy is a film enthusiast with a deep love for the medium of animation while also being obsessed with The Everly Brothers, Billy Joel, and The Platters. Having expertise in everything related to Batman, Santanu spends most of his time watching and learning films, with Martin Scorsese and Park Chan-wook being his personal favorites. Apart from pursuing a degree in animation, he also possesses a deep fondness for narrative-driven games and is currently a writer at Fandomwire with over 1000 articles.