Having now appeared as the iconic Man of Steel in three DCEU films, Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, Henry Cavill has become synonymous with the DC Comics hero in the prime era of the comic book movie. Among the pantheons of superhero characters making their way to the big screen, Superman, as the first, should arguably be the centrepiece of the trend, but following the mixed reception to all three Zack Snyder directed titles – each of which involving Supes – there remains much to be desired in seeing the character reach his full potential.
Man of Steel introduced Clark Kent, or Kal-El, as a conflicted young man who often felt like, “A ghost who never quite fit in”, somebody who was different than others and chose to keep who he really was a secret out of respect for his Father and his fears that the world would not accept him. Snyder’s more grounded take on Superman still kept the core values of the character in tact however, ultimately portraying him as a selfless hero who would go the extra mile to protect the world, inspiring hope as he did so. Fast forward to 2016’s Batman v superman and many of those traits were done away with in order for Supes to fit into a world where a depressed, disgruntled old Bruce Wayne/ Batman existed. Clark’s character was brooding and seemed to loath the idea of even being Superman at times.
The latest DCEU film Justice League, however, did see a big change in Supes with the Last Son of Krypton being reborn in the film to ultimately defeat its big bad, Steppenwolf, once again instilling values of trust and hope amongst his fellow super-powered peers. Fans seemed to be elated with the refreshed Superman, despite the CGI lip fiasco, and no doubt the response will see DC sticking with, and elaborating on, the new take.
In an interview with Collider, Cavill revealed that he is having “a lot of conversations behind the scenes” in the hopes that he will be able to continue his Clark Kent’s story on in a “direct sequel to Man of Steel”:
I’m having a lot of conversations, behind-the-scenes, with certain people and we will hopefully be having conversations with other people who are also behind-the-scenes to make things start happening. It is very much in my desire to do a Man of Steel 2, a direct sequel to Man of Steel, and there is a whole bunch of Superman story that I want to tell. There is a whole style of Superman’s character that I’m very keen to tell and I’m looking forward to the opportunity.
DC has already begun to apply the brakes on the DCEU in order to allow for some time to rethink its filmmaking strategy, with Aquaman set to be its only film title in 2018. Although many projects had been previously announced it seems as though the studio is being a little more conservative after Justice League‘s very disappointing box office take, and moving forward a Man of Steel sequel with the right director could very well be exactly what franchise needs.
It’s clear that Cavill is passionate about the character and really wants to do him the justice both he, and his fans, deserve on the silver screen. The actor’s contract with the studio will soon be coming to an end, but recent rumours have suggested DC wants to have it extended, perhaps even more so given the predicament the franchise is now in.
More on Man of Steel 2 as it happens.
Man of Steel 2 is yet to receive a release date