Is The Ink Actually Dry On A New Henry Cavill Superman Deal? Maybe Not

When it came to spoilers and Black Adam, it did not apply to the post-credits scene because that was the thing everyone was talking about when it came to that movie. Within moments of the first screening, people knew that Henry Cavill was back as Superman after many years of fanboy yelling to bring back the actor. Not long after the release of Black Adam, Cavill confirmed that he was stepping away from The Witcher after season three and the logical conclusion seemed to be that Cavill left The Witcher, so his schedule was free for a new Superman project. Everyone assumed that the ink was dry on the contracts for Cavill to walk away from such a lucrative spot on one of the biggest shows on one of the biggest streaming services, but new reports seem to indicate that might not be the case.

Henry Cavill at the "The Witcher" Premiere Screening at the Egyptian Theater on December 3, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA. Editorial credit: Kathy Hutchins /
Henry Cavill at the "The Witcher" Premiere Screening at the Egyptian Theater on December 3, 2019, in Los Angeles, CA. Editorial credit: Kathy Hutchins /

Is A Superman Project Actually In The Works?

A few days before Cavill left his leading role at The Witcher, Warner Bros. Discovery announced that director James Gunn and producer Peter Safran would be taking over as duel heads of the newly formed DC Studios. The timeline of everything is a bit murky because it's unclear how involved Gunn and Safran were with Cavill's return. Cavill has stated that he took time away from The Witcher to film the Black Adam post-credits scene, which means it was shot sometime between April and September this year. The Gunn and Safran deal must have been in the works for longer than we know, but, likely, they weren't involved with bringing Cavill back, and it's looking like that could be the case. According to a new report put out by The Wrap, the ink might not be as dry as everyone thought. According to the report, "no writer or director attached to the project, and there's currently no formal deal with Cavill to return."

That is surprising considering Cavill's decision to step away from The Witcher. You would think he wouldn't have stepped away from that until he was sure that everything was good to go at Warner Bros. This doesn't seem like something you would roll the dice on. There are rumors that Gunn and Safran are currently working out the finer details of their plan for the DC Universe, and people should be learning those plans soon. However, the fact that Cavill isn't locked down is shocking on multiple fronts. The reception to the Black Adam post-credits scene was overwhelmingly positive, so it seems like an obvious thing for DC to do, but doing the obvious thing isn't always the decision these studios make. We'll have to see what ends up happening.

Henry Cavill Says He Never Wants To Stop Playing Superman
Henry Cavill Superman. Credit Warner Bros

Black Adam: Summary, Cast, Release Date

The world needed a hero… It got Black Adam. From New Line Cinema, Dwayne Johnson stars in the action-adventure Black Adam. The first-ever feature film to explore the story of the DC Super Hero comes to the big screen under the direction of Jaume Collet-Serra (Jungle Cruise). Nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the ancient gods—and imprisoned just as quickly—Black Adam (Johnson) is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world. Johnson stars alongside Aldis Hodge (City on a Hill, One Night in Miami) as Hawkman, Noah Centineo (To All the Boys I've Loved Before) as Atom Smasher, Sarah Shahi (Sex/Life, Rush Hour 3) as Adrianna, Marwan Kenzari (Murder on the Orient Express, The Mummy) as Ishmael, Quintessa Swindell (Voyagers, Trinkets) as Cyclone, Bodhi Sabongui (A Million Little Things) as Amon, and Pierce Brosnan (the Mamma Mia! and James Bond franchises) as Dr. Fate.

Collet-Serra directed from a screenplay by Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani, a screen story by Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani, based on characters from DC. Black Adam was created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck. The film's producers were Beau Flynn, Dwayne Johnson, Hiram Garcia, and Dany Garcia, with Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, Chris Pan, Eric McLeod, Geoff Johns, and Scott Sheldon. Black Adam smashed into theaters and IMAX internationally beginning 19 October 2022 and in North America on October 21, 2022. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

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About Kaitlyn Booth

Kaitlyn is the Editor-in-Chief at Bleeding Cool. She loves movies, television, and comics. She's a member of the UFCA and the GALECA. Feminist. Writer. Nerd. Follow her on Twitter @katiesmovies and @safaiagem on Instagram.
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