Henry Cavill, aka the DCEU’s Man of Steel, has given his blessing to the pair of race-swapped Superman projects now in the works. Both Michael B. Jordan of Creed and J.J. Abrams and his company Bad Robot are working on bring two different versions of a Black Superman to the big screen. Cavill has made a statement indicating that he is fully on-board.
From the Hollywood Reporter:
“It’s exciting – Superman’s far more than skin color. Superman is an ideal. Superman’s an extraordinary thing that lives within our hearts. Why not have multiple Supermen going on? Joaquin Phoenix did a wonderful Joker movie; so what if it’s not tied to the rest of [the franchise]? They have multiple Superman comic book storylines happening at the same time.”
The next feature for Superman will be produced by J.J. Abrams, with Ta-Nehisi Coates, the writer of the critically acclaimed, but poorly selling Black Panther and recent Captain America comic books, on board to write the script. The Superman reboot will star a Black actor as the titular DC character, according to Abrams, who previously stated that “There is yet to be told a new, dramatic, and compelling Superman tale. We’re ecstatic to be collaborating with the talented Mr. Coates to help bring that story to life on the big screen, and we’re grateful to Warner Bros. for the opportunity.”
Michael B. Jordan, the hero of Black Panther, is also working on his own Black Superman movie, which will focus on the Earth-2 villain Val Zod, one of this universe’s last remaining Kryptonians, who lives a secluded existence and is largely unaware of his abilities until catastrophic events force him to emerge from hiding and assume the mantle of Superman. Darnell Metayer and Josh Peters, who wrote Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, have recently signed up to write the live-action movie for HBO Max.
While Cavill may seem excited to see other versions of Superman take flight, he still hopes to return to the role himself in the future, believing there’s still a lot of story to be told for his Man of Tomorrow.
“There is still a lot of storytelling for me to do as a Superman, and I would absolutely love the opportunity,” Cavill said. “The killing of Zod gave a reason for the character never to kill again. Superman falling to the ground and screaming afterward – I don’t think that was originally in the script, but I wanted to show the pain he had. I did far more emotional takes they didn’t choose; tears were happening. He just killed the last remaining member of his species. That’s the choice he made in that moment, and he’ll never do that again. There’s an opportunity for growth after that, to explore the psyche of Superman as a deep, seemingly invulnerable god-like being but with real feeling on the inside. As I always say, ‘The cape is still in the closet.'”