Following the very poorly kept secret that his Superman appears in an end-credits scene for Black Adam, Henry Cavill has officially confirmed that he is returning to the role that he first started all the way back in 2013’s Man of Steel. With his Black Adam scene out in the wild, Cavill posted an Instagram video on Monday where he thanked the fans for their support and teased more Superman to come. He also shared a new character poster for the character’s return in Black Adam.
“I wanted to make it official — I am back as Superman,” Cavill said in a video. He thanked the fans, “most of all. Thank you for your support and for your patience.” He added that what audiences saw in Black Adam is a “very small taste” of things to come.
Cavill confirming his Superman return arrives on the heels of reports that Warner Bros. Discovery is aggressively looking to get Man of Steel 2 off the ground as the newly-merged conglomerate undergoes a reshuffling of the DC Comics franchise that will emphasize theatrical releases over streaming titles.
As for the fan reactions, they are overwhelmingly positive. Despite the divisive reception to Zack Snyder‘s attempt to build a DC Cinematic Universe (or DCEU as it was more commonly called), Cavill’s casting as the Man of Steel was never an issue. The actor has always received a ton of goodwill from DC Comics fans, even those who aren’t fans of the Snyderverse.
You can see some of the reactions below as the actor quickly started to trend on Twitter despite some stiff competition from the Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania trailer:
HENRY CAVILL, THE MAN CRAFTED BY THE GODS TO PLAY SUPERMAN/CLARK KENT, IS BACK BABY pic.twitter.com/El8dPy4zVl
— it was rachatha all along (@RachelLeishman) October 24, 2022
Henry Cavill IS Superman and I can’t wait to see more of him pic.twitter.com/uKoGdjOjRj
— Mauricio | Browntable (@Browntable_Ent) October 24, 2022
Henry Cavill said.. pic.twitter.com/OlByHQtZlI
— Geek Culture Explained (@geekculturexp) October 24, 2022
Henry Cavill returning has me very excited for the future and the Superman sequel has so much potential to be one of the best comic book films ever in DC. pic.twitter.com/JDrQWrCGfD
— Matt Murdock (Sinner/Saint/Public Defender) (@ZeroYear97) October 24, 2022
Henry Cavill deserves this so much. The perfect casting and always understood the responsibility of carrying the mantle off set too. Hoping the future is bright pic.twitter.com/b9lNavBP5u
— Aniq (@aniqrahman) October 24, 2022
And, of course, there was a shoutout to The Rock, who used every big of his significant clout to make Cavill’s return happen. Mostly so Black Adam can punch Superman in the face, but still.
I speak for all DC fans when I say thank you, THANK YOU Dwayne Johnson for bringing Henry Cavill back as Superman.@TheRock deserves all the success that comes his way because he puts the fans first.
Thank you! pic.twitter.com/bwt2ibOFTj
— The Moonlight Warrior (@BlackMajikMan90) October 24, 2022