While fan reactions have been positive, Justice League's lower-than-expected opening weekend may mean some changes for future films in the DC Extended Universe. On the plus side, Henry Cavill says Superman will return for one more film.
Speaking to the L.A. Times, Cavill revealed that he's still contracted for one more film, even if he doesn't know where and how he'll return. He also said he's hopeful for a different portrayal of Superman; one that's more in line with Superman's traditional comic book portrayal of hope and happiness.
"There's a wonderful opportunity to tell the Superman story," he says. "Now there is a fantastic chance to show Superman in his full colors and tell a very complex, character-driven movie that is based on story and have that wonderful sensation of hope and happiness. A feel-good movie with lessons laced in there as well."
There's no current film in the works that seems to herald Superman's return and things may be up in the air over at DC and Warner Bros. based on the box office reaction to Justice League. But a return to hope and a little more light may be exactly what the franchise needs right now.
Wonder Woman certainly got a good reaction and both Aquaman and The Flash are well-received bright spots in Justice League, so maybe it's time for Superman to come back and save the proverbial day. We'll have to see.
For his part, Cavill seems more on board with Joss Whedon's take on Superman than Zack Snyder's, telling the Times, "I think there's an enormous complexity to that character. I know when I was working with Joss he and I saw eye-to-eye on some of the aspects of Superman. That paragon of hope. That ideal. That wonderful feeling of, 'Oh, good, Superman's here!' I have also developed a very personal and protective relationship over this character, and it was just lovely to have the opportunity to smile and feel good.".
Maybe someone should consider a Superman/Wonder Woman film. That might be really interesting.