We all knew that Henry Cavill's Superman couldn't really be dead after the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and that he would return in the upcoming Justice League movie (possibly sporting a black suit as a nod to the “Death / Return of Superman” comics of the '90s), but now we have even more pressing evidence that Superman is back in Justice League, and he's sporting a hair style that may give harsh critics of Zack Snyder's depiction of the character some renewed hope!
While doing his Supermanly duties and posing with some young fans for photos, Cavill and Co. may have inadvertently let two big cats out of the bag:
Our first real look at Cavill's Superman – alive and well – in Justice League.
Cavill's Superman trading in his Man of Steel and BvS slicked-back hairdo for a classic s'curl!
Check out the Instagram photo – from a Hollywood luxury travel planner/mom – which is likely going to get DCEU fans in an uprorar! (Note: Some fans are claiming the photo is actually from the set of Batman v Superman – so this could be a developing story…)
Cavill recently teased that black “resurrection suit” Superman wore in the '90s comics, but fans have long wondered how we get the Man of Steel back: would it be the peaceful warrior of hope and justice fans have been clamoring to get back? Snyder's more violent and brooding Superman? Or perhaps the “dark Superman” foretold in Bruce Wayne/Batman's vision of a future Earth under the rule of the evil DC villain Darkseid?
Well, judging by the hair… I'd say good ol' “Save a cat in a tree” Superman is on his way back to the screen.
We recently broke down the problems surrounding the DCEU, and our conclusion was that there is still plenty of room for this cinematic universe to evolve into something that better resembles the classic, core values of the comic books. There's still time for Henry Cavill's Superman to become the guy this Instagram photo makes him out to be. If that transition happens, then maybe the criticisms of MoS and BvS suddenly become the sort of big arc transition that makes cinematic shared universes worth the re-watch. Wouldn't that be ironic?
Suicide Squad is now in theaters; Wonder Woman is coming on June 2, 2017; followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020.