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While Ben Affleck is Back as Batman, Henry Cavill’s Name Being Non-Existent in Upcoming DC Projects is Proof Marvel Stole Him (Perhaps as Captain Britain)

The 2022 San Diego Comic-Con came and went, but the DC fans are still in a stupor, unable to break free because of the utter disappointment that was the DC Films Hall H panel.

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Right before the Comic-con kicked off, there was a lot of buzz regarding a single actor – the on-screen big Blue himself, Mr. Henry Cavill. We heard a lot of rumors about his apparent surprise appearance at the comic-con event; which personally, was something I was quite excited for.

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It has been a long time since we saw Cavill at one of these events for Warner Bros., and us fans who have been hoping for a return for the actor in the DCEU, have been clamoring for even the slightest of updates on DC’s future projects – especially if they include the Mission Impossible: Fallout actor.

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Henry Cavill as DCEU’s Superman

Why Henry Cavill received mixed reactions as Superman?

When Zack Snyder first introduced Henry Cavill into DC’s fold as Superman for his then-upcoming Man of Steel movie, fans had mixed reactions. Some were ecstatic to see a new face in the role, while others were not very happy with the choice of actor. And though the mixed reactions continued even after the release of the movie, Cavill had somehow made a place in the heart of most fans, who wanted to see more of him in that role.

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Next came Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and that didn’t get a lot of positive reaction either – from fans and critics alike. But we were still holding on to something, some hope, that better days are to come for fans of DC Films. But it was to our greatest disappointment to date, that the next movie with Cavill that came out was the Joss Whedon-directed Justice League; and we all know how that turned out.

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Snyder’s Justice League was Cavill’s last appearance for DCEU

But it was the final installment of the Snyderverse, the Justice League Snyder Cut, that became the beacon of hope for DC fans. The movie was almost everything fans had hoped it would be, and the appearance of Cavill’s Superman at the end was just the icing on top.

Why didn’t Henry Cavill appear at SDCC 2022?

So it comes as no surprise that fans want him to return to the DCEU, despite rumors of clashes between the actor and the production house. And when the news of him possibly appearing at SDCC surfaced, fans were understandable, quite excited.

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Unfortunately, no such thing happened. It turned out the British actor had contracted COVID-19 on the sets of The Witcher season 3.

Henry Cavill was not at the Comic-con, and all our hopes and dreams of him returning as the Man of Steel remained just that – a dream. Even after being directly asked about whether we can expect a return from the actor, the answers were not what we were looking for.

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DC’s Black Adam starring The Rock

Dwayne Johnson, in the Black Adam panel, kind of side-stepped the Cavill query; saying he would like his Black Adam to meet a version of the character at some point, but never outright admitting whether it would be Cavill’s version or someone new.

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Admittedly, that was quite the disappointment for fans who were excited to see Henry Cavill, even if it was through a recorded video. But we got nothing!

Will Henry Cavill ever return as Superman for Man of Steel 2?

So now the question remains, is there any chance for Cavill to come back into the DCEU fold in the future, or have we already seen the end of it? And if he is not returning to the DCEU, then do the rumors of him turning up as Marvel’s Captain Britain have some grain of truth to them?

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Jason Momoa posted on his Instagram with Ben Affleck

With even Jason Momoa confirming the return of Batfleck in Aquaman 2, with the caption:

REUNITED bruce and arthur. love u and miss u Ben WB studio tours just explored the backlot alright. busted on set all great things coming AQUAMAN 2 all my aloha j”

It is safe to say that the chances of having Cavill back on our screens as the Last Son of Krypton are quite small. Otherwise, given the fan expectations, DC would have probably hinted at something by now.

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Currently, Ben Affleck is all over the news for tying the knot with international popstar Jennifer Lopez and honeymooning in Paris. But soon we will see him back on our screens for a very different reason, and fans are quite eager for that to happen. With some fans even joking that Batfleck could somehow replace Amber Heard’s Mera in the movie!

It is probably a tactic by Warner Bros. to save face in the aftermath of the Depp-Heard trial to bring Ben Affleck for the cameo in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Of its success, only time will tell.

For now, we mourn the loss of Cavill’s Superman but still hold on to some shred of hope that maybe someday, somewhere in the future, he will wear the blue suit and red cape, and fly across the DC sky once again.

On the DCEU front, their next release will be the Dwayne Johnson-starrer Black Adam, which will hit theatres on 21st October 2022.