Henry Cavill's Superman reportedly was going to appear as a cameo in DC's Shazam! movie in a scene at the end. One of the earliest rumors to pop up in regards to Warner Bros. and DC's Shazam! was that another DC hero was going to appear. This made sense as the character Zachary Levi plays is not as well-known as some others and a cameo would give the movie an extra dose of DC flavor. Reports eventually pointed to Henry Cavill's Superman being the prime candidate to appear in a cameo capacity, but that doesn't appear to be happening with Cavill's current situation.
Reports surfaced today that Cavill is done playing Superman in the DCEU. Even though WB is not confirming this to be true, their statement also doesn't really deny it. At this point Cavill and Superman's future in the universe appears to be in doubt, which means there won't be a cameo in Shazam! after all. Well, here's reportedly how it would've played out.
The Wrap's Umberto Gonzalez shared his thoughts on Cavill leaving the role on his Instagram story this morning and ended it by revealing details on the planned Shazam! cameo. Since it doesn't appear that the scene will come to fruition, he felt it was okay to share the details. Here is what he said in the video:
Spoiler alert, for what it’s worth the Superman cameo in Shazam! was supposed to be Clark at the end of the movie meeting with Billy Batson, the kid who [becomes] Shazam, and telling him ‘Hey, we’re gonna keep an eye on you.’ That kind of thing.
Now that the DCEU is embracing post-credits scenes more, this sounds exactly like a great tag. Depending on how exactly it would play out, Superman seeking out Billy Batson in this way and welcoming him into this larger universe is a bit reminiscent of Nick Fury's appearance at the end of Iron Man. Of course, with previous reports noting WB wanted Cavill's Superman to be a connecting character throughout the various DC properties, he'd essentially be a Nick Fury type of character then, so the similarities between these scenes is even more obvious.
The one aspect to this that's the most interesting is Superman meeting Billy Batson, not Shazam. This would imply that Batson's heroic alter-ego isn't a secret. And if it wasn't public before, Superman randomly dropping in to tell Billy he's watching him would certainly raise some eyebrows. It would make more sense of Superman to meet Shazam after a heroic moment, or even for Clark Kent to arrange a meeting as part of a story, but really it's just to talk to the young hero. Since Cavill's manager insists there's still a possibility he may be Supes again, maybe this interaction could still happen. If that's the case, then we know exactly how the Shazam! meet up will happen.
Source: Umberto Gonzalez
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