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‘We had it all wrong’: Henry Cavill Was Reportedly Going to Return in Shazam! Before WB Scrapped it For a Pointless Headless Superman Cameo

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Henry Cavill’s relationship with Warner Bros. hasn’t been great over the past few years. The absence of Superman from the DC bandwagon enraged many fans until recently they changed the whole thing under the new ownership. As per some recent reports, we could have got Cavill’s Last Son of Krypton way earlier in Shazam! but sadly we got nothing more than a silly headless cameo in that movie. 

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Henry Cavill as Superman

It can’t be denied that keeping Henry Cavill’s Superman out of the DC pipeline has been was a blunder on the part of the studio. At one point, the studio even wanted to fully remove the Witcher actor from their Cinematic Universe. Even the Black Adam actor Dwayne Johnson called out the studio over their past actions. 

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Henry Cavill was supposed to make an appearance way earlier 

The infamous Superman cameo in Shazam!

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Almost every fan remembers the silly headless cameo of Superman in the 2019 Shazam! movie. The cameo was not even done by Henry Cavill but by Zachary Levi’s body double. The scene was deemed completely unneeded by the fans. 

If the latest reports by The Post-Geek Singularity’s Robert Meyer Burnett are to be considered, that scene was supposed to be a serious cameo by Henry Cavill. That would have marked the Enola Holmes actor’s first DC appearance following the disastrous Josstice League. But that was only the time when the actor was having contract problems with the studio and simultaneously even the WB wanted to cut all ties with the movie. 

Burnett cited that all this news he had received from some high sources which disclosed that at first DC opted to go for a full-fledged Superman appearance instead of a cameo that didn’t make much sense:

“I have, let’s call this person a very highly placed source in Hollywood. Someone that I trust complicitly, who is in the know. And this person reached out to me a couple days ago and said we had it all wrong on the John Campea show about the lack of Henry Cavill in the DCEU. This person, again, a very highly placed source, one of the most highly placed sources at Warner Bros. outside the studio… Let’s say they’ve done a lot of work at the very highest levels with the studio… told me in an email, expressly said that when they were making Shazam!, the plan was always to Henry Cavill cameo at the end of Shazam!”

The Youtuber went on to reveal some more spicy intel to the news that the then chairman Toby Emmerich even threatened to completely remove Cavill from the studio on his denial of the cameo in the movie. He elaborated that Emmerich had a lot of haters in his company who didn’t agree with his decisions and now they are happy with him gone. Moreover with Henry Cavill’s cameo in Black Adam made largely possible by The Rock, it can be said that the merger with Discovery has really improved the studio. 

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The future of Henry Cavill in DCEU

After the cameo of Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel in Black Adam, it is clear that DCEU is officially on the path of change. According to the reports, Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel 2 is also under development. 

The earlier WB regime did not want Henry Cavill's Black Adam cameo
Superman’s cameo in Black Adam confirms his comeback

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Following the Black Adam, a movie is also on the slate which will focus on the big clash between the Man of Steel and the Man in Black. Now it will be really fascinating to figure out how DC shapes the franchise with the Last Son of Krypton in this new era. 

Black Adam is running in theaters while Shazam! can be streamed on HBO Max

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Written by Subham Mandal

Subham Mandal is currently working as a writer for FandomWire with an ardent interest in the world of pop culture. Subham has written more than 400 articles on different spheres of modern pop culture and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English based in Kolkata. He’s also an experienced student journalist having demonstrated work experience with the Times of India. He aspires to be a column writer in the future.