Henry Cavill was the foundation of the DCEU. His role as Superman started the entire connected universe with Man of Steel—yet, for many fans, it seems that DC has all but forgotten about both him and the character.
He was last seen during Justice League (Zack Snyder's Justice League is one and the same in this case), with half a cameo in Shazam!. Since then, the focus has been on a wide range of characters elsewhere. Next year will bring The Batman, Black Adam, Aquaman, and more—but nothing with the Man of Steel.
In fact, 2022's The Flash is set to introduce Sasha Calle's Supergirl, making it seem as if the focus is shifting away from Cavill's Superman for the foreseeable future. Set photos even indicate she could become the new normal when it comes to filling that Man of Steel-sized hole.
Well, now Cavill has spoken out about what he would still like to explore with Superman if given a chance.
Superman's Life Before the Justice League
In an interview with GQ Spain, Henry Cavill commented on his role as Superman and what he would like to see from the character in the future.
According to the actor, they really "wanted to make sure [audiences] saw the hero Superman" before Clark Kent went down a dark path and how he still is "very keen to flesh [all of that out]:"
"I was very keen on really fleshing out Superman's early stages of his journey first. We had Man of Steel, and then we went quite a bit darker with Batman V Superman. And if he were to succumb to the Anti-Life Equation, and become bad Superman, I really wanted to make sure we saw the hero Superman, and we saw the true symbol of hope, the beacon of light, before we went down the path of darkness and then redemption. And it's still something that I am very keen to flesh out."
Does Henry Cavill Have a DC Future?
Fans have been fairly vocal about wanting Cavill back in the DCU, but there haven't been any signs of progress in that regard.
Really, it's been the opposite. With Supergirl in The Flash and two additional separate Superman projects in development, Warner Bros. seems to be putting its priorities elsewhere.
One of those two projects in development is the highly anticipated Michael B. Jordan-produced story of Val Zod. So, while not a direct replacement for Kal, it's another case of Supergirl, seemingly putting the spotlight firmly on everyone who isn't the classic Man of Steel.
For now, fans will just have to cross their fingers and hope for the best. It is Superman, after all. He'll always find a place in pop culture. Maybe he'll get a remixed origin or be stuck in a crazy scenario after The Flash likely re-arranges all of reality.