WB was met with even more internet backlash after reports came out that they were working on a Superman movie where Kal-El would be played by a black actor. While some are saying that WB should just revisit a sequel with Henry Cavill’s Superman, Man of Steel director Zack Snyder seemed enthused about the idea.
Talking to RadioTimes, Snyder was asked about casting a black actor for Superman, to which he says:
“My feeling is that I love JJ [Abrams], I love what he’s done in the past… I’m interested to see what happens, it’s a bold and cool and probably long overdue move.”
That being said, Snyder is still in support of Cavill’s Superman. He continues, “… But I love Henry [Cavill] as Superman, of course I do. He’s my Superman.”
For now, WB is said to be very ‘anti-Snyder’ so we shouldn’t expect Snyder to hold any power when it comes to the creative side of the DCEU moving forward. He does say go on to say that, ‘…on the surface, it seems interesting.’
A lot of scrutiny has gone to WB’s choice to cast a black actor as Superman, not because of the casting choice, but because of the situation surrounding it. Cyborg actor Ray Fisher has even criticized the announcement, saying that WB is merely trying to distract from the accountability when it came to the crew abuse on the Justice League set.
We don’t know when we’ll see Superman in the big screen again, but you can catch Cavill’s version in Zack Snyder’s Justice League now on HBO Max.