Before actor Henry Cavill can don the red cape, the creators need to take care of Superman’s issues. And yes, there’s more than one.
Actor Henry Cavill is a patient man. In times when his Justice League counterparts saw no future of the franchise, he stayed true to Superman. While fans kept worrying about his future as Kal-el, he kept reassuring them that he has no plans to hang the cape and boots yet. And finally, his patience yielded him more time as DC’s Superman.
Rumours are doing the rounds about Henry Cavill signing a “three-movie deal with additional cameos” for Superman to return. Whilst trade magazines have no whiff about it, the source The Cultured Nerd is a quasi-credible one. The fire was further fuelled by artist Boss Logic who posted MoS artwork on social media and Cavill’s agent, Dany Garcia, then shared it on her Instagram. However, in May trade magazine Variety wrote a scoop about Henry Cavill’s return as Superman. So while WB is at it, they have some major issues to resolve before making another Man of Steel movie.
In Today‘s History Lesson
It all began with Henry Cavill’s launch as Superman in Man Of Steel (2013) which was helmed by Zack Snyder. The movie propelled what’s unofficially called DC Extended Universe. Zack was at the helm of the universe at large and some of his market decisions paid well for DC in the long run, as it turns out, Wonder Woman and Aquaman, both are highly profitable franchises for the studio.
The first two Superman movies were Snyder’s work where he envisioned a slow, multi-film arc to turn Superman into a beacon of hope. But then the Justice League disaster happened. When Zack stepped down following a family tragedy and behind the scenes drama Whedon took over. He simply forced those change for Superman into his reshoots. Not only Cavill’s CGI’ed moustache but his heavy-handed dialogues throughout Justice League too immediately felt out of place and inorganic. (Cringe alert!)
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Between Snyder and Whedon, Clark Kent essentially lost his moral structure. The death and resurrection of Kal-el is one of the most important storylines in the comic book history. The black suit that WB executives could not understand in the past is the sign of Superman’s evolution. Hence, it shows up again and aging in Snyder’s story. And finally we’ll see that story arch come to life next year in Zack Snyder’s Justice League cut on HBO Max.
That brings us to our next problem…
DC’s Inability To Tell A Good Superman Story
WB churning out one Batman flick after another but not a Superman movie is a clear indication of their inability of handling the character. At the moment what Superman needs is a movie that articulates the ideals that character represents. While there is nothing wrong with a multi-movie arch to do it, nonetheless, fans already know the character well. They want stories that encapsulate Superman’s moral construct in an engaging story. A direction that director Matt Reeves took with The Batman’s noir tale that leaves behind the origin story.
This also includes the classic ‘Superman issue’ – he is so powerful that there’s no worthy villain in sight! The problem isn’t that Superman can’t be ideal and exciting; the problem is DC chooses to recycle the same old villains. From 80 plus years of comic book history and numerous names in its rogue gallery – fans only know Lex Luthor, Doomsday and Zod in live-action. In fact, there are infinite possibilities in Superman going rogue!
In his long-running legacy, Superman doesn’t belong to one brand anymore – it belongs to its viewers worldwide. To them, he is a symbol of hope and strength. Right now for the world at large, Clark Kent’s inherent moral structure is very important. In uncertain times, human compassion and empathy is needed more than ever. Superman’s story truly represents our own never-ending struggle for equality for all. In times when representation matters, its one iteration fans truly deserve. And as far as Henry Cavill goes, he has always been true to Superman ideals!