Henry Cavill Breaks Silence on Superman Return With Heartfelt Announcement

By Richard Nebens Updated:
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Henry Cavill's Superman has been a scorching hot topic of conversation amongst DCEU fans for the last few years, namely due to the Man of Steel's absence from the story since 2017's Justice League. Even with his semi-return in Zack Snyder's Justice League, fans have waited for any big news on when he would return to play the iconic Kryptonian hero in a canon theatrical movie once more, especially after Superman was seen twice via faceless cameos in Shazam! and Peacemaker.

Warning - The rest of this article contains spoilers for Black Adam.

Now, that time has finally arrived, as Cavill blasted into the mid-credits scene of Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam upon its long-awaited arrival in theaters. He was only seen on screen for a few seconds alongside The Rock telling the newly-crowned anti-hero that they needed to talk to one another, but from a big-picture perspective, the most important part of that scene was that Cavill finally returned to the most iconic role of his career to date.

And while it was revealed that Cavill's contract for the role only included Black Adam and nothing else, fans are expecting that this will be far from the last time he's seen interacting with the DCEU's biggest names and leading the story. 

Now, following Black Adam's opening weekend, Cavill confirmed that fact in a heartfelt social media post addressing the fans about his comeback.

Henry Cavill Teases More Man of Steel

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DCEU star Henry Cavill took to Instagram to share an emotional message about his long-awaited return to the role of Superman following his appearance in the mid-credits scene of Black Adam, as well as an all-new look at him back in the suit:

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The suit appears to be a slightly updated version of the one fans are familiar with in the DCEU, though it appears a tad brighter and comes with Superman's iconic hair curl from prior iterations.

Cavill confirmed that he's officially back as the franchise's Man of Steel, celebrating his first canon appearance since 2017's Justice League.

“I wanted to make it official — I am back as Superman."

The star proceeded to thank the fans "most of all" for their "support and (their) patience," also teasing that fans only saw a "very small taste" of what's coming in the DCEU's future. 

Cavill's full quote from the video reads as follows:

"Hey, everyone. I wanted to wait until the weekend was over before posting this because I wanted to give you all a chance to watch Black Adam. But now that plenty of you have, I wanted to make it official that I am back as Superman, and the image you see on this post and what you saw in Black Adam are just a very small taste of things to come. So, there’s a lot to be thankful for, and…I’ll get to that in time. But, I wanted to thank you guys most of all. Thank you for your support, and thank you for your patience. I promise it will be rewarded."

Cavill offered the same sentiments in the caption to the video as well, noting that "the dawn of hope [is] renewed:"

"A very small taste of what’s to come, my friends. The dawn of hope renewed. Thank you for your patience, it will be rewarded."

The full video can be seen below:

DCEU Superman Actor Offers Thanks in Return

Although Henry Cavill is one of the more reserved and private superhero actors in this day and age, respectively, he's always been open about his desire to continue playing Superman on the big screen. Now, with Black Adam opening the door to his return to the role, it seems only right that he's sharing such gratitude for the chance to don the red-and-blue suit for the first time in five years.

This comes as part of Warner Bros. Discovery's public change in management after the merger, specifically with Toby Emmerich having vacated his position as Warner Bros.' chairman during that time. With that change, along with Walter Hamada leaving his post as head of DC Films, some major changes appear to be in the works for the biggest superheroes in DC's theatrical universe.

There are even rumors that have been made public regarding a Man of Steel sequel already being in development, further cementing Cavill's comeback as he continues the story that he left behind such a long time ago. Only time will tell when those stories come into play, but it's clear now that Cavill will be ready for his moment comes.

Black Adam is now playing in theaters worldwide.

- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.