The drama surrounding the DCU is currently a hot topic on the Internet. From cancellation of projects to reports of reboot, the James Gunn and Peter Safran-led company is going through a lot of media attention. Now a new report suggests that Dwayne Johnson might be the reason why the future of Henry Cavill’s Superman looks doubtful in the DCU. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the ex-head of DC Films, Walter Hamada also had plans to bring back Cavill but differently.
Worth to be mentioned is that, before the release of Black Adam, The Rock had claimed repeatedly that the former head didn’t want to bring back Cavill’s Superman. Instead, they had the plan to introduce a Black Superman. But this new narrative tells an exactly new story as it seems that Dwayne Johnson might be the reason for all these controversies.
Did Dwayne Johnson jeopardize the future of Henry Cavill in DCU?
The theaters witnessed a massive roar when the fans finally spotted Henry Cavill’s Last Son of Krypton after such a long time on the big screen. Although Black Adam still couldn’t perform well at the box office, the return of the Enola Holmes actor charged the fans. Soon after the movie, the British actor took to his Instagram to announce a return to his Kryptonian suit for a long period. But it looks like the cameo was not the first choice for the studio.
Warner Bros. is always known for its controversial decisions and it can’t be denied that this has affected the popularity of DC in a great manner. But a recent report is hinting that the former head Walter Hamada wanted to bring back Henry Cavill’s Superman in a movie based on Crisis on Infinite Earths. While Hamada wanted to give rise to the colossal event through several movies and cameos, Dwayne Johnson couldn’t wait for so long.
Reportedly, Walter Hamada planned to introduce several superheroes and their versions from their alternate timelines and bring them all together in a gigantic cinematic event. Similar to the return of both Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton as the Dark Knights, this movie would have featured Henry Cavill’s return as Kal-El. But Dwayne Johnson wanted to bring back Superman as soon as possible and thus featured him in the mid-credits scene of his movie which has raised questions among fans.
So the rock might’ve actually ruined stuff instead of fixing it like we thought
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Whereas on the other hand, it is also worth remembering that after the merger of WB with Discovery, the new CEO David Zaslav wanted to do better with the DC segment. And they were against many decisions taken by the old regime which also led to the cancellation of projects like Batgirl.
James Gunn is reportedly heading towards a complete reboot
Now despite several sources citing that the future of the DCU looks quite debatable, it is repeatedly stated that the studio is most likely heading for a reboot but not a recast. Following the reports of the cancellation of Wonder Woman 3 and Man of Steel 2, many fans thought that Gal Gadot and Henry Cavill might have lost their reign in the DCU. But the scenario will not likely be that.
Various trusted sources speak that the studio can reboot the universe and give it a new and stable direction. They are planning for a long 10-year plan for the studio so that they can also have a uniform storyline and universe like the MCU. This doesn’t mean that the roles will be recast. It will be a totally new story.
On the other hand, the fans were enraged as the sequel of both the Henry Cavill as well as Dwayne Johnson movies are reportedly on hold. This led to an intense backlash against James Gunn to which the Peacemaker director replied that not all of their upcoming decisions will please the fans. He also added although various of these rumors are baseless, many of them will help in the long run of the DCU no matter how much disappointing they sound at first.
Black Adam will start streaming on December 16, 2022, on HBO Max.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter