Why Superman Is Important To Justice League, According To Henry Cavill

Superman in Promo art for Justice League

We're coming toward a very exciting time for DC fans. Because in less than a month, Zack Snyder's Justice League will finally be here. The highly anticipated blockbuster will team up the DC trinity with newcomers like Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg. But what's the deal with Superman? He perished killing Doomsday in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's third act, and we saw as both he and Clark Kent's funerals were held. Superman is obviously going to return sometime in Justice League's runtime, and now actor Henry Cavill has teased how his presence (or lack thereof) is affecting the narrative of the upcoming blockbuster.

Superman to the League...he has a sense of what is missing. He has completely changed Batman's perspective of these characters with special abilities and powers.

While it's unclear when or if Superman will rise from the dead to join the scuffle against Steppenwolf and his Parademon forces, it looks like the Man of Steel's infleunce will certainly be felt in the new DCEU installment.

Henry Cavill's comments about Superman come to us from a recent appearance he did alongside the rest of the Justice League cast in China (via Twitter). Because Superman's involvement is such a mystery, Cavill has been noticeably absent from the majority of the film's press junkets and trailers. Instead, the other five members of The League have been traveling the globe to promote Zack Snyder's blockbuster.

Superman's absence in the Justice League trailers and posters is sure to be a red flag for some DC fans. This feels very similar to Mark Hamill's role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Because while fans were originally happy that Luke Skywalker's return to the franchise would be a surprise, it turns out that he wasn't in the trailers and posters because Luke was essentially not in the film at all. If Superman's resurrection were to happen late into Justice League, I'm sure the fans would make their unhappiness known.

The Man of Steel's return was teased in the final moments of Zack Snyder's divisive Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. After Superman was buried, Batman and Wonder Woman formulated a plan to find more metahumans. The shot then zooms in on Supes' coffin. And for a brief moment, the dirt on top of the coffin begins to levitate, seemingly confirming that Superman was about to break through and return to the world of the living. But now it looks like his death might be milked for a bit longer in Justice League, with the hero likely returning to save the day when The League gets a bit over their head.

Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon's Justice League will arrive in theaters on November 17th. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.