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We were only first introduced to Henry Cavill in 2013’s Man Of Steel, but following the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, he is no longer with us. In order to defeat the villainous Doomsday and stop the monster causing more destruction and carnage, the Kryptonian sacrificed himself to kill the beast, striking it through the heart with a Kryptonian spear while being crushed to death. It was a surprising move given that 2017 will see the release of the first ever Justice League movie, but the good news is that there are plenty of options from the comics that could be used to resurrect the god-like superhero.

Not only are there big screen options available specifically from when Superman died in the comics, but there are other interesting fantasy and sci-fi plot devices that could also be used in the process. Let’s discuss some of them, shall we?

Superman Never Actually Died, He’s Just Hibernating
Let’s start with the most obvious answer, which would be that the movies just adapt what happened after the death of Superman in the comics. As it turned out, Superman didn’t actually die in his confrontation with Doomsday, but instead found his body enters into what can be described as a deep, coma-like hibernation – only to be awoken after having time to sufficiently heal and repair itself. Of course, the strength given to him by Earth’s yellow sun helped this process greatly as well.

Major events occurred between the death and rebirth of Superman in the comics, but the DC Cinematic Universe could basically just shortcut all of that. It could basically play out that scientists have continued to study the Kryptonian even after his death, and in their research discover that he can’t really die (which is basically true in the comics). After this discovery, the body could be removed from the buried casket, exposed to a heavy dose of healthy sun, and slowly brought back to life. This wouldn’t really be the most satisfying choice, but the good news is that there are others…

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