SHAZAM! FURY OF THE GODS Director David F. Sandberg Responds To Henry Cavill Superman Rumor
Last night, a rumor that Henry Cavill was set for an appearance as Superman in Shazam! Fury of the Gods did the rounds online, and director David F. Sandberg has now responded to the report...
Shazam! Fury of the Gods director David F. Sandberg has responded to last night's rumor that Henry Cavill is set to return as Superman for the upcoming DC Comics sequel, and while he does cast some doubt on the validity of report, he doesn't outright debunk it.
Sandberg begins by saying that he's "not going to comment on casting rumors" (before doing just that) because "you can't be sure about anything until it's happened."
This would seem to suggest that there has at least been some discussion about Cavill re-donning the cape for an appearance in the movie, but whether the wheels are actually in motion is another matter.
Sandberg goes on to confirm that Cavill was originally supposed to play the Man of Steel for that brief scene at the end of the first film until plans changed.
Not going to comment on casting rumors for several reasons. One being you can’t be sure about anything until it’s happened. Halfway through shooting Shazam the plan was still for Cavill to be in it. Scoopers could have scooped that and been right at the time but wrong in the end.— David F. Sandberg (@ponysmasher) February 5, 2021
It was reported in June of last year that Cavill had made a new deal with Warner Bros. to return as Superman in the DCEU (though the actor downplayed it in subsequent interviews), with the plan for him to make a series of smaller appearances in other characters' movies.
So, a cameo in Shazam! 2 would make sense, but we're just going to have to see how things pan out.
Plot details are still under wraps, but we do know that the sequel will feature more of the Shazam Family, and is expected to introduce some "unexpected villains." Zachary Levi will return as the title character.
Shazam! Fury of The Gods is currently scheduled for release in 2023.