Henry Cavill says he never gave up hope that he would play Superman again one day. But even he was surprised by how emotional the experience was when he finally put the cloak back on.
Cavill worked six days a week on Netflix’s The Witcher when a deal came along for him to appear in one scene in Black Adam, he recalled during a conversation with MTV’s Josh Horowitz at 92nd Street Wednesday night. He had to get permission from The Witcher team, but as the actor recalled, “It was a big secret that we couldn’t tell them what.”
When the studio Warner Bros. arrived. in the UK for a shoot, she wore a suit she chose for its emotional resonance: the outfit she wore in 2013 Man of Steelhis first trip as the hero.
“I chose that one in particular because of the nostalgia attached to the suit,” Cavill said during the conversation, which was taped live from Horowitz’s Happy Sad Confused a podcast. “It was extremely important for me to stand there and enjoy that moment. That was one of the best times in my career. It’s a great feeling to have the opportunity to wear it again.”
The conversation comes after a week of making news for Cavill. The actor returned to the big screen as Superman for the first time in five years Black Adam. And on Monday, he confirmed that he will indeed be playing Superman in future DC installments, saying in a video posted to social media that what audiences saw in him Black Adam it was just a “small taste” of things to come.
Cavill was cast as Superman for the first time Man of Steel, directed by franchise architect Zack Snyder. The DC Universe has gone through seismic shifts since then. Warner Bros. under new leadership, with Guardians of the Galaxy a The Suicide Squad filmmaker James Gunn and producer Peter Safran have been named to the top jobs at DC under the newly launched DC Studios, which will house Cavill’s future Superman outings.
Cavill said he was “very excited” about hiring Gunn and joked about the rumors that he would be joining Marvel’s Lokisaying that if Gunn could jump back and forth between Marvel and DC, then maybe he could too.
Sources have said The Hollywood Reporter that Warner Bros. is taking proposals from writers for a sequel to Man of Steel. Cavill declined to comment when Horowitz asked if there was any news to share regarding filmmakers or writers: “Right now I can’t share anything, … but in time, I will be able to share and everyone will hear the all exciting things to come.”
Filmmaker Snyder sent a video question from the set of his Netflix film Rebel Moonasking Cavill to reflect on their early flight scenes, and ended the video by stating, “I can’t wait to work with you again.”
Cavill responded by thanking the director: “He’s a lovely man, and I’m very appreciative of everything he’s done for me. … Those are formative memories for me, career-wise. That’s when everything changed. I remember them dearly. … Zack, if you’re watching … Thank you very much, my friend.”
As for his future, Cavill had some thoughts.
The actor said: “There is such a bright future ahead of us for the character, and I’m so excited to tell a story with a super happy Superman.”