When news broke that a new Superman film was in the works from Warner Bros., J.J. Abrams, and Ta-Nehisi Coates, it was unclear whether Henry Cavill would remain in the red cape or not. Thanks to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, it now seems clear that Cavill won’t be the leading man in the next film, as the outlet “has confirmed that this new Superman project is aiming to star a Black Superman.”
As THR make clear, it’s uncertain whether this will be Clark Kent, or another main character like Val-Zod or Calvin Ellis. Val-Zod is a friend of Kara Zor-El, better known as Supergirl in the main continuity – who has just been confirmed to appear in The Flash. Meanwhile, Calvin Ellis is both Superman and President of the United States in his universe. Both Val-Zod and Calvin Ellis exist in alternate universes to the main DC Earth.
At the moment, though, nothing much is known about the new project. In a statement to Shadow and Act, Coates said: “I look forward to meaningfully adding to the legacy of America’s most iconic mythic hero.” Echoing this sentiment, Abrams commented: “There is a new, powerful and moving Superman story yet to be told. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with the brilliant Mr. Coates to help bring that story to the big screen, and we’re beyond thankful to the team at Warner Bros. for the opportunity.” From this, we can expect something unique when the project eventually arrives to theaters.
Of course, it’s entirely possible that this film will be part of the multiverse, meaning Cavill’s version of the hero can continue in future films beyond Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Either way, the new film already sounds like it’s shaping up to be an incredible take on the hero, and one that’s sorely overdue.
Until we find out more about the new film, check out our guide to watching DC movies in order for a catch-up movie marathon.