Daredevil Showrunner Wants to Revive Henry Cavill's Superman

By Sam Hargrave Posted:
Daredevil Superman

Zack Snyder's Man of Steel hit theaters in 2013 and kickstarted the DCEU in the aftermath of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. The director's style and tone may have been somewhat divisive, but one thing that was unanimous among fans was that British actor Henry Cavill was the perfect choice for Superman. The actor subsequently reprised his role opposite Ben Affleck's Caped Crusader and other heroes for Batman V Superman and Justice League.

Since then, Henry Cavill has yet to don his legendary red and blue suit again after missing out on the 2020 reshoots for the Snyder Cut. As doubt grows that the British star will ever return as his schedule becomes increasingly busy, recent rumors have suggested Warner Bros. will be replacing Superman with Sasha Calle's new Supergirl moving forward. 

In the wake of these reports causing widespread online controversy, one former Marvel showrunner has shared his interest in reviving Henry Cavill's Superman.

Daredevil Writer Reveals Dream Superman Movie

Superman, Brainiac

Daredevil showrunner Steven DeKnight recently shared his interest in working with DC on a Superman movie, and he even has his leading man and main villain in mind.

After a fan shared that they would "love to see Steven DeKnight make a Superman movie," the former Marvel creator revealed his mutual interest saying: "So would he."

DeKnight was subsequently met with a slew of questions regarding his dream Superman project, and when asked which actor he would cast in the lead role, he chose Henry Cavill as his Man of Steel. 

The Daredevil chief was later pressed on what direction he would take the film to which he said he "[loves] Brainiac" but there are "so many great ways to go."

Will Henry Cavill's Superman Ever Return?

After the critically-acclaimed Daredevil, DeKnight has clearly shown his competence in writing a character-driven superhero story and certainly deserves another shot at the comic book world, maybe even with a big-screen blockbuster.

With recent reports suggesting Henry Cavill may be out as Superman with Sasha Calle's Supergirl taking over as the DCEU's Kryptonian, hopes of ever seeing the long-desired Man of Steel sequel may be dead in the water.

Having been nearly nine years since Man of Steel hit theaters, the chances of a sequel ever seeing the light of day have been low for some time now. The prospects are especially bleak given that the actor has only actually taken on the role twice since his debut - in Batman V Superman and Justice League - and hasn't donned the suit since 2017 after being absent for the recent Snyder Cut reshoots.

When Cavill was initially cast in the titular role, he was much less of a star than he is today, having since played starring roles in The WitcherMission Impossible, and Enola Holmes. Based on this, the British icon will be far more costly for Warner Bros. than he once was, meaning the decision to replace him may have been financial, especially since Cavill clearly wants to come back

As of now, Warner Bros. already has multiple Superman projects in the works from JJ Abrams and Michael B. Jordan, with Supergirl also likely to lead her own solo outing in the near future. Chances are, DeKnight probably won't be getting his Man of Steel dream in the near future, but with the ever-changing state of the DCEU, who knows what could happen in a few years.

Sasha Calle will make her debut as Supergirl in The Flash, which hits theaters on November 4, 2022.

- About The Author: Sam Hargrave
Sam Hargrave is the Associate Editor at The Direct. He joined the team as a gaming writer in 2020 before later expanding into writing for all areas of The Direct and taking on further responsibilities such as editorial tasks and image creation.