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When Henry Cavill signed on to play Superman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, he signed on for one hell of a commitment. As though it weren’t a big enough deal just to play the original superhero on the big screen, he is also set to play the incredibly important figure in the growing DC Cinematic Universe. It’s a big deal, but Cavill is ready to ride the wave as long as possible.
Henry Cavill recently attended this year’s BAFTA Award Season Tea in Los Angeles, and while speaking on a pressline with TheAnglophileChannel, the actor revealed that he plans to be playing Superman for many, many years to come. Asked how long he thinks he’ll be playing the character, the actor said,
”As many as it takes. I love the character. I love working with Warner Bros. and what they're doing with it, and so fingers crossed I'll be able to tell the story for many, many years to come.”
While we can’t be 100% certain, evidence suggests that Henry Cavill will be playing the Man of Steel at least until 2019. His next appearance as the character will be arriving next year when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice finally arrives in theaters, but plans certainly must extend beyond that. He will surely not only be a big part of Zack Snyder’s Justice League – Part 1 - which is currently scheduled for 2017 – but also Justice League – Part 2 - which is what would take him to 2019.
But what about beyond that? Nothing is currently official on DC’s slate for the next four years, but it’s all but guaranteed that we will eventually get to see a Man of Steel 2 at some point. This project, along with a new solo Batman film starring Ben Affleck, was named by Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara as being in the works along with the other 11 in-development DC Comics films, though we don’t yet know when the movies will actually get made or who will make them. Surely Henry Cavill will return, however, and it sounds like he will be more than happy to do so.
It’s true that we are still about 14 months away from the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Henry Cavill’s next performance as the Man of Steel, but it’s very likely that 2015 will constantly keep us reminded that the next giant DC Comics movie is on its way. A trailer for the film is said to be on its way in the coming weeks, but we can also expect stills and posters to start arriving at some point – not to mention the fact that the blockbuster will likely have a huge presence at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. As always, stay tuned!