Henry Cavill’s departure from the role of Superman has left fans in a state of despair. The return of Cavill in the post-credit scene of Black Adam was met with overwhelming excitement amongst fans, however, the strings of happiness didn’t last, as after two months of his announcement of donning the cape, the actor shared that he will not be returning as the symbol of hope in the new frontline DCU.
DC studio’s 2022 slate has been clumsy at every step and releasing the actor from the role within 2 months led to a position of grief and resentment among fans. As fans were bewailing about the loss, there might be some hope left for Henry Cavill to wear the cape again.
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The new DCU will not be a complete reboot
Amidst the whole crisis and rebranding progressing with DC under James Gunn and Peter Safran’s new leadership, who are adamant to pull off the bandages from the dying DCEU which was on a slow death spiral since BVS, finally made the bold call to scrap the existing DCEU and start over with a fresh new narrative.
DC studio is set to release Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, Blue Beetle, and The Flash in their 2023 slate, and their template for the next 3-year plan is on the horizon, possibly beginning with a young Superman, while an insider reporting the new DCU as a broad blanket over the existing DCEU but not a full reboot, which landed some various speculations among the fans with one leading to the return of Henry Cavill in the distant future.
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Henry Cavill can still return as Superman in the future DC
Amid the heartbreak and distress residing within millions after the scrapping of Superman’s mantle from Cavill, James Gunn shared his vision comprising a story of younger Clark Kent along the lines and essence of Christopher Reeves Superman. Although Cavill is out of the frontline for the instance, it hasn’t been carved on the stone that he is officially done with DC. After the announcement of Cavill not returning, many fans may have overlooked the statement that James Gunn released, elucidating their plans for the actor in the greater scheme of things with the statement
“But we just had a great meeting with Henry and we’re big fans and we talked about several exciting possibilities to work together in the future.”
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While things appear blurry following the anguish fans suffered, Henry Cavill may still serve a prominent role in the vast scheme of things. With James Gunn confirming Elseworld stories, which will take place alongside the mainline DCU, it seems the director has a diverging approach instead of a traditional cinematic universe.
And with his further emphasis on a young Clark Kent plotline at the beginning of his universe alongside sharing different ingredients from his long-planned vision through his social media handles, with one prominent being the emphasis on the Kingdom Come storyline, a Mark Waid’s 1996 comic, where the older generation of DC superheroes find themselves battling their younger incarnation, and the reports inclining that the new DCU won’t be a complete reboot, furthermore provides some strong speculations on an Elseworld storyline, where Henry Cavill can finally reprise his role as an older Superman which battles with the mainline DCU’s younger Clark Kent.
Although the speculations seem far-fetched, as all the secrets are locked in James Gunn’s castle doom, joining the above dots create a valid debate about the return of Henry Cavill as an Elseworld Superman in the kingdom come storyline, which if resides within Gunn’s vision for DC, it’s still far away, considering the initial phases won’t try to skip steps as the early DCEU did and pave out a more thorough and smooth path.