Henry Cavill isn’t done with Superman just yet. Or at least he’s not ready to be. In a new cover story from The Hollywood Reporter, the Man of Steel actor revealed that he’s very interested in revisiting the role. Whether or not that happens is largely up to Warner Bros. at this point though.
Cavill, who is beginning to promote The Witcher season 2, hasn’t played the role since 2017’s Justice League. While we got more of him in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, aka the Snyder Cut, earlier this year, he didn’t film anything new. Here’s what he had to say about it in his sit-down with THR.
“There is still a lot of storytelling for me to do as a Superman, and I would absolutely love the opportunity. The killing of Zod gave a reason for the character never to kill again. Superman falling to the ground and screaming afterward — I don’t think that was originally in the script, but I wanted to show the pain he had. I did far more emotional takes they didn’t choose; tears were happening. He just killed the last remaining member of his species. That’s the choice he made in that moment, and he’ll never do that again. There’s an opportunity for growth after that, to explore the psyche of Superman as a deep, seemingly invulnerable god-like being but with real feeling on the inside. As I always say, ‘The cape is still in the closet.'”
Much has remained up in the air over the past few years. At one point, it looked like things totally broke down between Cavill and Warner Bros. Meanwhile, the studio has been developing a new Superman project starring Michael B. Jordan as Val Zod. Not to mention the new Superman movie being developed by J.J. Abrams. For the record, Cavill gives Jordan’s project his full support. Per the interview…
“It’s exciting — Superman’s far more than skin color,” Cavill says. “Superman is an ideal. Superman’s an extraordinary thing that lives within our hearts. Why not have multiple Supermen going on? Joaquin Phoenix did a wonderful Joker movie; so what if it’s not tied to the rest of [the franchise]? They have multiple Superman comic book storylines happening at the same time.”
Cavill first put on the cape for 2013’s Man of Steel. Directed by Snyder, that was the first movie in what had become known as the DCEU. The actor repressed the role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, as well as Justice League. Man of Steel 2 has been talked about but never actually gotten off the ground. These comments may provide fans with renewed hope.
The Witcher Season 2 is set to arrive on December 17 on Netflix.