Henry Cavill has offered a quick update on Man Of Steel 2, and his future in the Superman role. Cavill first played the role in 2013's Man Of Steel, which offered a more brooding take on the famously wholesome character. Director Zack Snyder's vision of the material was met with mixed reactions, with particular criticism focused on the destructive finale, and Superman being forced to kill Zod to save lives. Some fans felt this was wildly out of character, whilst others thought it made the character more complex than past versions.
Cavill would return for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Justice League, which both met with mostly negative reviews and - in the case of the latter - disappointing box offices returns. Reviews for Batman V Superman also felt Superman was too mopey and appeared to be genuinely bummed out about being a superhero. On the flipside, many felt Justice League offered Cavill's best performance in the part to date, with Superman being presented in a more traditional light.
Man Of Steel never received a direct sequel, and it was recently revealed by storyboard artist Jay Oliva it was never meant to; instead, it was meant to serve as chapter one of a planned five-part story. With the departure of Snyder from the DCEU and extensive reshoots on Justice League, that planned story arc is now scrapped. Cavill himself only has one movie left on his original contract, and in a new interview with Collider, he revealed he's had lots of discussions about a direct Man Of Steel sequel:
I’m having a lot of conversations, behind-the-scenes, with certain people and we will hopefully be having conversations with other people who are also behind-the-scenes to make things start happening. It is very much in my desire to do a Man of Steel 2, a direct sequel to Man of Steel, and there is a whole bunch of Superman story that I want to tell. There is a whole style of Superman’s character that I’m very keen to tell and I’m looking forward to the opportunity.
There have been rumors the studio would like to extend Cavill's contract for multiple movies and use Superman as connective tissue for their extended universe. Since the behind-the-scenes issues on Justice League and that movie's box-office underperformance, DC have been rethinking their overall approach to the franchise, and given the character's iconic status, it makes sense for Superman to play a large role.
Cavill has grown more and more comfortable in the role too and has made it clear he'd love to continue for the foreseeable future. While Cavill's Justice League performance earned the actor solid reviews, it was sadly overshadowed by poorly integrated CGI on his upper lip. Cavill famously grew a mustache for his role in Mission: Impossible – Fallout and was unable to shave it for the Justice League reshoots, which is distractingly obvious in the final movie.
Hopefully, Man Of Steel 2 will allow him to continue growing into the character and give fans the awesome solo Superman movie they've been waiting for.
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