Henry Cavill Says Superman Won’t Be In ‘Suicide Squad,’ But He’s Game For A Sequel
There are going to be a whole helluva lot of characters in Warner Bros.’ upcoming Suicide Squad, including some cameos from some DC Universe bigwigs like Batman, and possibly Lex Luthor. But what about Superman? It wouldn’t be a true DC Comics party without ol’ Big Blue flying around, right?
Well, Metro caught up with cinematic Superman Henry Cavill, and asked him whether he’d be making a cameo in Suicide Squad, and his response was a surprisingly definitive ‘no.’ When asked whether he’d be in a Suicide Squad sequel, Cavill responded with a more hopeful, ‘I might be!’
I’m sure Warner Bros. would love to have Superman in Suicide Squad, because they’re definitely taking a more-the-merrier approach with the film. The fact that he isn’t included is probably a contractual thing. Warner Bros. currently has Henry Cavill signed up to a three-movie deal, so anything beyond Batman v Superman, and Justice League Parts One and Two would mean drawing up new paperwork, and probably shelling out a lot more cash. So, I guess Suicide Squad will just have to make due with a mere dozen-or-so title characters.
DC and Warner Bros are really going out on a limb here with their rush to start their cinematic universe. While reaction to the Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad trailers has been overall positive, a large majority of fans, moviegoers, and commentators are questioning whether a) the films will be good, and b) DC’s approach to their cinematic universe.
There’s no question that director Zack Snyder will be under tremendous pressure to deliver with Batman v Superman. The failure (relatively) of Man of Steel was not put on Snyder’s shoulders, rather David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan’s shoulders.
I want to echo something Comicbookmovie.com pointed out last year regarding Man of Steel and how DC is going about their cinematic universe.
Man Of Steel Was Only Made To Keep The Character Rights
Man Of Steel is the movie supposed to kick-start the DC Universe, which is a shame, because if it’s angst-ridden brooding is setting the tone for the future, we’re not in for a fun ride. But it’s important to remember that WB didn’t really want to make Man Of Steel in the first place. Yep, you read that right. While Batman was pulling in the moolah, WB wasn’t really that bothered about trying to drag Superman’s name out of the mud, having sunk a lot of money into it only a few years ago. Conversations were had after The Dark Knight hit big, but ultimately nothing came of it until they were told that if production wasn’t started on a Superman movie by 2011, they would be liable for a lawsuit by Jerry Seigel’s estate who owns 50% of Superman.
Little thing about character rights, they’re sort of on a “use them or lose them” basis for studios that share them with someone else, it’s the reason Constantin films made a Fantastic Four movie in 1994, but never intended to release it (or even tell the actors), but in doing so would get to keep the rights on technicality of having used the characters. It’s also the reason that the cinematic rights to Daredevil reverted back to Marvel from Fox because Fox had done nothing with the character in years. WB had made an agreement with Jerry Seigel to pay him off several thousand dollars a year for creating the character, but he was never happy with co-creating Superman then getting screwed out of profits by WB, so through a series of lawsuits was able to recapture 50% of the rights. Because of this, his estate would be liable to sue for loss of earnings if WB sat on the rights to a Superman movie but never actually made one, and if successful, could have taken the rights from WB. With Superman Returns being an attempt to revive ‘classic Superman’ for modern audiences failing, and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight being praised for “being a great crime thriller that happens to have Batman in it”, it feels like Man Of Steel was an attempt to make a Superman movie without Superman in it. Let’s not have Clark Kent as a bespectacled reporter, let’s make him a bearded hobo working manual labour. Let’s have Lois Lane figure out he’s Superman the first time they meet. Let’s take away the S-curl, the red underwear, the S on the back of his cape, let’s have nobody use the word Superman. It doesn’t fill me with confidence that the supposed stepping stone to a Justice League movie is based on a movie that’s almost ashamed to have Superman as a lead character.
I agree with calling bullshit on the fact Man of Steel is the launching film of the DCU. In fact, a straight sequel to Man of Steel was planned, and talk of a cinematic universe didn’t take place until after 2013.[yop_poll id=”5″]