Unless you happen to be living under a rock — no pun intended — you must know by now that the Black Adam star, Dwayne Johnson has been hyping up a potential Superman vs. Black Adam scenario in the DCEU for quite a while now. At the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con, the actor was asked to answer who’d win in a possible fight between the two, to which he said that it’d be “pound for pound”, and is entirely dependent on who is set to play the role of Superman in the franchise. This initial bad reception from the fans in the SDCC panel led the fans to boo the actor’s response.
Many assumed that this was an indication that Henry Cavill, who has a devoted following of passionate DC fans, would not return to reprise his role as Superman. However, after a sequence of foreshadowing that occurred in the second post-credits scene of DC League of Super-Pets, many fans are convinced that the fight between the two fictional characters is set in stone, with Cavill finally making his ever-so-anticipated return.
Before we proceed, spoiler warning ahead for the DC League of Super-Pets post-credits scene!
Is Black Adam vs. Superman Happening…?
Superhero movies, at least most of them, are known for their infamous post-credits scenes. Therefore, for fans of DC to see a post-credits scene in the recently released animated film DC League of Super-Pets was not a surprise — until they were rewarded with a pretty shocking cameo. The easter egg got Black Adam actor Dwayne Johnson to make an Instagram post, in which he described the scene in the best way possible, “The Indestructible Force meets the Immovable Object.”
Cutting to the chase, in the second end-credits scene, Superman was seen playing fetch with his dog, Krypto (or Superdog). The moment came to a halt when another dog caught Krypto’s Batman squeezy toy. This hound was none other than Anubis, who is the pet of the anti-hero Black Adam. The scene reaches an exciting turn as we see Shazam’s archenemy approach the red-caped superhero; a curt acknowledgment from both sides follows right after. The moment is gone as soon as it comes. The sequence shifts to the two pets arguing amongst themselves, which results in banter that is quite meta in itself.
But what could this mean for DCEU’s future and why are fans excited?
Fans Claim Henry Cavill May Return
Henry Cavill’s return as the Man of Steel has been speculated about many times; having reached a penultimate point during the SDCC. Sadly, such assumptions have always been immediately debunked. Following what seemed to be a period of lost hope, came the Super-Pets post-credits scene. Fans have now been invigorated with a newfound sense of optimism. Many are convinced that the scene in itself is teasing a future showdown between the two characters in the DCEU. This assumption has further led fans to believe that The Rock, who has been very intricately involved with many of the upcoming DC projects, would not give up on the idea of having Cavill make his long-awaited return.
Previously, the former wrestler has also talked about how he advocates for Henry Cavill as the most deserving of the Superman role, calling him “the Superman of our generation.” It is also no shock that the two actors are also quite close, as The Rock himself said the following:
“Every time I see him [Cavill], we have some tequila and I say ‘This guy is Superman.’ My longtime business partner Dany Garcia has been a passionate advocate for Henry Cavill and his career for a very, very, very long time.”
Under such circumstances, it is no surprise that the fans have naturally heightened the scale of their expectations. What may ensue in the future is yet to be seen and every speculation should be assumed with a pinch of salt. However, one aspect resonating amongst the fans of DC and the general audience alike is the need to see Henry Cavill as Superman again. And perhaps, if we are lucky enough, we might get to witness the ever-so-teased showdown between Black Adam and Superman.
While Black Adam, starring Dwayne Johnson, is set for a 21 October 2022 release, the DC League of Super-Pets is out in theatres right now.