- Henry Cavill announced his return to the DC Universe as Superman in future projects.
- We may see a slightly different version of the character moving forward.
- A music choice in “Black Adam” hints WB is distancing itself from Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel.
Henry Cavill made his big return to the DC universe as Superman in “Black Adam” and will be back in more movies, but may not be the version of the hero fans grew to know in Zack Snyder’s films when we see him again.
Though fans have been asking online for the return of Snyder since Superman appeared in a mid-credits sequence for the Dwayne Johnson-led film, WB may be trying to steer clear of any association of Cavill’s Superman with the so-called Snyderverse (aka DC films directed by Snyder).
There are two big hints in “Black Adam” that the version of Cavill’s Superman we see moving forward may not be the Man of Steel fans know from the Snyderverse era and, instead, a soft reboot of the iconic hero.
Cavill’s ‘Man of Steel’ score purposefully wasn’t used to introduce the character on screen
When Cavill appeared in “Black Adam,” he didn’t walk out to the familiar theme that Hans Zimmer created for the character in Snyder’s 2013 “Man of Steel.” Instead, he walked out to another, more classic Superman theme.
John Williams’ “Superman” score, used for Christopher Reeves’ version of the character, played as Cavill approached Black Adam.
In an interview with i09, “Black Adam” composer Lorne Balfe said Williams’ score was deliberately selected after a back-and-forth on which score should be used.
“The way I look at it is that there was a lot of thought put into why that theme got chosen,” Balfe told i09. “It wasn’t just a random thought. So it’s very difficult.”
“I think everybody that had to do with [that scene] spent a long time debating which theme should go there the same way as everybody spent a long time debating the color of his suit. So there is reasonings to it,” Balfe added.
Superman’s hair in ‘Black Adam’ was styled in a more traditional fashion
In addition to re-introducing Cavill’s Superman on the big screen with a score associated with a previous version of the character, fans noticed the actor’s hair was also styled to channel a more traditional Superman look.
Instead of a polished, swooped-back hairstyle, Cavill showed off the character’s trademark spit curl.
Cavill confirmed his return as Superman in more projects in an Instagram video Monday. The video was accompanied by a photo showing Cavill’s hero with the curl.
WB may be doing a soft reboot of the character similar to Marvel’s recent Daredevil approach
By changing up Superman’s theme music and slightly changing his character’s appearance in “Black Adam,” WB may be trying to distance Cavill’s Supes from the Snyderverse version of the character.
Passionate Snyder fans continue to hope that WB could one day make sequels to Snyder’s 2021 cut of “Justice League” after it received critical praise. Still, past WB heads have said they have no intention to carry forward with that version of the DC universe. Snyder told us the same in 2021.
Cavill’s return comes months after Warner Bros. Discovery CEO, David Zaslav made it clear that the Justice League’s core heroes — like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman — are a priority for the studio since taking over in April.
Zaslav is already making good on his word by bringing Cavill back, but it seems like the studio wants fans to look at the actor’s Superman and associate him with a more classic, nostalgic version of the character instead of the one from the past decade.
We wouldn’t be surprised if there are other slight adjustments to the character moving forward.
We’ve seen something similar occur with Marvel’s recent handling of Daredevil. Disney and Marvel brought Charlie Cox back into the role of Matt Murdock/Daredevil in “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and “She-Hulk”; however, the version of the character we’re seeing isn’t exactly the one fans remember from the Netflix shows. His demeanor is lighter and he has a brand-new costume.
WB likely wants to distance itself from the past regime and attempt a fresh start with a familiar face in the same way.