Cavill on Superman: ‘I’ve not given up the role’

Actor Henry Cavill has recently broken his silence on his involvement with Warner Bros., DC and the character of Superman.

With all the chatter about the Snyder cut of Justice League, Henry Cavill has added a bit more fuel to the fandom fire by stating he isn’t yet done playing the role of the Kryptonian hero.

Making his debut in 2013’s Man of Steel, Cavill received mixed reviews for his portrayal of Superman. A lot of comments claimed he didn’t smile enough or wasn’t as optimistic as previous iterations, but there is also the understanding that those decisions stem from the writing and less-so from Cavill.

Cavill returned to the role for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016, starring opposite Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. The two duked it out on-screen before teaming up with Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) to take down Doomsday where Superman paid with his life. His death was short-lived, however, as he was resurrected in 2017’s Justice League by the team.

Justice League didn’t perform as expected and threw a massive wrench into the gears at DC. Affleck left the role of Batman, Ray Fisher’s Cyborg film was put on hold indefinitely and Ezra Miller’s Flash movie was rewritten numerous times and had directors coming and going for months. The only two movies to push forward from Justice League were Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman and James Wan’s Aquaman.

Cavill’s involvement post-League was up in the air, with some outlets reporting he was done, others saying he wasn’t, and Cavill posted cryptic messages and images to Instagram.

In the cover story for December’s Men’s Health, Cavill said, “The cape is in the closet. It’s still mine. I’m not going to sit quietly in the dark as all the stuff is going on. I’ve not given up the role. There’s a lot I have to give for Superman yet. A lot of storytelling to do. A lot of real, true depths to the honest of the character I wasn’t to get into. I want to reflect the comic books. That’s important to me. There’s a lot of justice to be done for Superman. The status is: You’ll see.”

Warner Bros. Pictures and DC have not yet announced any plans for a sequel to Man of Steel with Cavill.

Henry Cavill will next appear on Netflix’s The Witcher series which premieres on Dec. 20.

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