For many months now a cameo, by Henry Cavill as Superman, had been rumored to be in the works for the upcoming DC movie Shazam. Then it was reported that the idea was canned—or was it? Now it would seem that the cameo was filmed, but again, it is doubtful fans will ever have the chance to view the footage. So, the question is—what is the problem here?
The problem, in a nutshell, is that of Cavill and his disintegrating relationship with DC. Although Zach Snyder never did see his concept of how he envisioned the DCEU was to play out, one thing most can agree on was his spot on casting of Henry Cavill as Superman.
In a recent interview on the podcast for ComicBook Nation, Jim Viscardi stated that yes, Cavill did indeed shoot a cameo, and yes, it would be used in the film—but only if DC and Cavill can work a mutually agreeable contract. If an agreement is not worked out in time, the cameo will be left on the cutting room floor.
Another possible problem that could very well be factoring into the negotiations is that the highly anticipated, and majorly hyped Justice League movie was, well, not as big a deal in the end as DC had hoped. This, in turn, made DC rethink any possible sequels for Ben Affleck’s Batman or Henry Cavill’s Superman. The only two characters to come out of the movie unscathed seems to be that of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman.
There are also the rumors flying around Hollywood that Cavill is demanding both director and script approval on the Man of Steel sequel, should one be made. This is in addition to the demand for a lot of other perks on top of approvals. Although representatives for the actor stated that this was just not true, it still leaves the mystery as to exactly why the actor and the studios are unable to agree to terms for a new contract.
With all that we know and even more that we don’t, it may very well be that the days of the Man of Steel, at least as we know him to be portrayed by Cavill, have run their course. Factoring in the exit of Ben Affleck as Batman, then it very could be that the two iconic superheroes are indeed headed for a dual recasting.