Henry Cavill reveals a sweet new detail about his return as Superman in the recently released Black Adam. Since winning the role in 2011, Cavill has been regarded as a strong choice for DC’s flagship superhero, bursting onto the scene with an impressive turn in Zack Snyder’s 2013 Man of Steel. Though Man of Steel received mixed reviews, Cavill continued to be a favorite of fans, playing the character in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and 2017’s Justice League. As the DCEU petered out due to diminishing returns, Cavill’s own career took off, thanks to Netflix’s The Witcher series, and fans began to assume that the actor was done playing Superman.
However, while the possibility always remained that Cavill could return as Clark Kent, it didn’t become a certainty until the lead-up to the release of Black Adam. With star Dwayne Johnson teasing a lead character that would be tough enough to take down Superman, as well as expressing a desire to fight the Man of Steel onscreen, a return for the character, and Cavill, became inevitable. Sure enough, in the final moments of the recently released Black Adam, Cavill appeared in his classic Superman suit and told the ancient, over-powered Black Adam, « We should talk. » It’s a dramatic, impressive moment, made even more impressive by the knowledge of what Cavill put into it.
According to an interview for Happy Sad Confused, Cavill picked an extremely significant Superman outfit to wear for his top-secret Black Adam cameo. The actor, who also expresses the honor that he felt in picking up the suit again, revealed that it was, in fact, his original Superman costume from Man of Steel that he wore in the brief ending scene. Read the full excerpt below:
It was a very powerful moment for me. I wasn’t too sure how I was going to feel, whether I was going to be, ‘Okay cool, back in the suit,’ or whether it was going to be something which was very emotionally connective, because I put the Man of Steel suit back on. […] And I chose that one in particular because of the nostalgia attached to the suit, and it was incredibly important for me to just be standing there and enjoying that moment. And, yeah, that is one of the top moments in my career, it feels great to have the opportunity to wear it again.
The decision to use the initial Man of Steel version of the suit speaks to the significance of Cavill’s costume in general. In previous cinematic iterations of Superman, the character’s costume has reflected the current look in wider-produced media, with the George Reeves costume reflecting the Fleischer cartoons and the Christopher Reeve Superman costume mimicking the classic DC Comics uniform. Cavill’s, therefore, was an original, redesigned step forward, with a larger S, a more textured blue suit, and a more practical red cape. While the costume was modified and altered slightly with subsequent DCEU appearances, the Man of Steel look has remained the character’s most iconic design of the Cavill iterations.
This is why it makes the most sense for Cavill to return to this look before forging forwards with Superman. Even with its flaws, Man of Steel, as with all of Zack Snyder’s DC films, has remained a fan-favorite for its darker, more realistic tone and approach to the Superman mythos. Therefore, the fans who have been clamoring for Cavill’s return as Superman would appreciate the return to the Man of Steel uniform, as it also comes with the connotation of a return to the mindsets and ideas that made Man of Steel work as well as it did. More crucially, Cavill seems to enjoy playing Superman again and relish the journey of wherever the character is headed next. Though the initial shock waves of Cavill’s appearance in Black Adam will fade, what it says about the character and his history in the DCEU will have larger ramifications for DC fans everywhere.
Source: Happy Sad Confused