Henry Cavill in Talks to Play Superman Again, but Not for ‘Man of Steel’ Sequel

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It looks like we’ll be seeing Henry Cavill don the red cape again.

After having played Kal-El, aka Clark Kent, aka Superman in Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, it appeared increasingly unlikely that Warner’s evolving DC cinematic universe would be bringing him back anytime soon. And with Batman recast following Ben Affleck’s exit, it really didn’t look good. Well…

According to Deadline, Cavill has entered talks to take on Superman again. Variety also backed up the news. While it will certainly be exciting news for fans of Cavill as the superhero, it’s not yet known in what capacity he’ll be reprising the role. And unfortunately, as Deadline reports, “Warner Bros. is not developing a Man of Steel sequel.”

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There are a few possibilities when looking at the line-up of upcoming DC movies. You can remove Wonder Woman 1984 and The Suicide Squad from the list, since they’ve both finished filming, and the Robert Pattinson-starring The Batman is not expected to have a Superman appearance. Which leaves Shazam 2, Aquaman 2, or Black Adam – the latter of which has Dwayne Johnson poised to star – as the most likely options.

As for Cavill, he has long expressed his love for the character and is no hurry to hang up the cape.

“I’ve not given up the role,” the actor told Men’s Health in December. “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 honesty of the character I want 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.”

There’s no official word yet from Warner Bros. and Henry Cavill. Stay tuned…

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