It's been a hectic year for the DC Extended Universe. In the wake up Justice League's underperformance, the franchise's leaderships has been reorganized, and while Aquaman, Shazam! and Wonder Woman 1984 are all set to be released between this December and November 2019, the movies following in 2020 and beyond haven't been cemented yet. But the news last week of Henry Cavill reportedly retiring as Superman and leaving the DCEU was a particularly big shock. This still has yet to be officially confirmed and Cavill's Instagram video certainly didn't clear things up, but with reports emerging about how Warner Bros is pivoting to fast track a Supergirl movie, Superman's cinematic future remains shrouded in mystery.
Whether or not Henry Cavill appears in the DCEU again, we figured now is as good a time as any to look through his three Superman appearances and pick out his best moments thus far, reminding fans of how Cavill has shined in the role. We're of course kicking things off with the movie that started it all, Man of Steel!
The Oil Rig Rescue
He may not have had the 'S' emblazoned on his chest yet, but Henry Cavill's Clark Kent proved himself to be a hero in Man of Steel when he rescued all those men from that burning oil rig. For years, Clark had been traveling across the world to discover his purpose in life and did a good job of staying anonymous. But when he saw that there were still people trapped on the rig, he jumped into action and saved them, sacrificing his current identity and pushing his strength to new limits. This wasn't the first time he'd use his powers to help others, but it was certainly the most explosive at that point. Little did Clark know where his life would be heading soon.
Flying For The First Time
There's no denying that Man of Steel is a darker adaptation of the Superman mythos, but in the midst of Clark's conflicts, both external and internal, is a moment of pure joy. It wouldn't be a Superman movie without seeing the central character fly, something Henry Cavill's iteration didn't know he was capable of until he activated the Kryptonian scout ship and met the Jor-El AI, who informed him of his origins. Upon putting on the uniform displaying the El crest, Clark went outside and tried flying for the first time. It was hard going at first, but after calming himself and remembering his "father's" words, Clark finally stuck the launch and swiftly traveled across the world. He'd already proven himself a hero, but reaching these new heights (figuratively and literally) arguably marked his first proper step towards becoming Superman.