Henry Cavill has one movie left on his Superman contract: what will his final DCEU film be? The Brit first appeared as Superman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel in 2013, and he reprised his role in 2016’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and 2017’s Justice League. That’s a hefty run, and the question now comes to how he’ll round it out.
Although DCEU fans, and particularly fans of Cavill’s Superman, may want the actor to renew his contract and continue playing the Big Blue for many more years to come, the reality is that may not happen. The overall response to all three Superman-related films, as well as Cavill’s iteration of Superman in general, haven’t been glowing, and that’s certainly a factor in the actor potentially renewing his contract. Of course, if things go better with Cavill’s final film as Superman, it is possible that he could renew his contract given the right circumstances and amount of money, but that’s a long way off.
It’s also worth noting that Cavill’s career has skyrocketed since his appearance in Man of Steel. Not only are there talks about a Man From U.N.C.L.E. sequel, but Cavill is also appearing in Mission: Impossible 6 in summer 2018, which could lead to even more movies down the line. So, it’s equally possible that he might simply be too busy to appear in more DC films going forward. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens on that end, but for now, we can still speculate on which DCEU film will be his next/last.
Man of Steel 2
The most obvious choice for Cavill’s next (and perhaps final) movie is Man of Steel 2, which was presumably shelved until his official return in Justice League. Sure, Superman’s rebirth essentially made him the true Superman, but there’s still room for him to grow.
Now that Cavill’s iteration is indeed the iconic hero, his story can continue in all sorts of directions without being hampered down by origins or world-building. A number of directors have been linked to Man of Steel 2, but it seems the only person who’s had active discussions about helming the project is Kingsman and X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn. However, franchise producer Charles Roven says there isn’t a script for Man of Steel 2 yet, putting this far off. That doesn’t mean, though, they can’t proceed with a Man of Steel sequel now that Superman is back in the fold (and alive). And who knows, perhaps general audiences, especially DCEU detractors, would be more inclined to see a Superman film if Snyder was no longer involved.
Justice League 2
Aside from Man of Steel 2, the other most likely option is Justice League 2. Warner Bros. originally planned on splitting their Justice League story into two parts, with the first chapter releasing in November 2017 and the second in June 2019. However, plans changed following the release of Batman V Superman, and the Justice League sequel was taken off the schedule in favor of releasing more standalone movies first, such as The Batman. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any plans for another team-up movie.
The Justice League 2 script is already in the works and it’s possible that each of the team’s core members will return for the sequel, including Cavill’s Superman. This is especially likely per Justice League‘s post-credits scene; it appears that the studio is setting up an Injustice League team-up for the sequel, with Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor at the helm. Having Superman face off against his perennial foe in Justice League 2 would be an ideal way to conclude not only his story arc but Luthor’s as well.
As Superman’s core DCEU arc already concluded with his resurrection in Justice League, it’s definitely possible that Geoff Johns and the rest of the creative minds at Warner Bros. may not want to continue his story in a standalone film but rather reserve him for future team-up movies, making this the “safe” option. The same can be said for Batman, depending on whether or not Ben Affleck chooses to exit the role.
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