The mystery surrounding Henry Cavill’s future as Superman is getting curiouser and curiouser.
Just when fans were becoming certain the 35-year-old actor was soaring off for film sets far, far away, he’s shared an unusual Instagram video which has left everybody scratching their heads.
In the video – captioned: ‘Today was exciting #Superman’ – Cavill can be seen wearing a Krypton Lifting Team t-shirt and a stern expression befitting a man of steel.
As a dog barks The Blue Danube in the background, Cavill slowly lifts a Superman doll up to the camera before lowering it once more; face remaining completely deadpan.
In what appears to be a sly nod to the Michael B. Jordan rumours, the doll appears to be inside a Black Panther box. Many fans will no doubt be freaked out to see the two universes colliding in such a surreal way…
Now, to saw this post is puzzling is an understatement. However, it does seem to suggest Cavill is still very much committed to the character of Clark Kent, and the Superman team.
I mean, this doesn’t look like the face of a man leaving a franchise after three successful movies. Although to be honest, I’m not really sure what this looks like…
Bamboozled fans took to the comments section to try to work out what in the name of Krypton is going on. Some believe he could just be trolling, while others think this could be a sign a new Superman film is on the way.
One person suggested:
He’s clearly not going anywhere but I’m sure it put smile on his face to see everyone upset.
With his official announcement he scared DC and they’re going to fast track and new Superman movie would be my best guess. [sic]
Rumours about Cavill’s departure began when a source told The Hollywood Reporter how Warner Bro. are preparing to hit a ‘reset’ button in regards to the DC universe, moving in another direction.
Another source told the publication:
Superman is like James Bond, and after a certain run you have to look at new actors.
As such, Cavill will join Ben Affleck, who isn’t expected to reprise his role for director Matt Reeves’ forthcoming Batman stand-alone film, as a hero on the way out.
A Warner Bros. spokesperson made the following statement after the rumours surfaced:
We have a great relationship and great respect for Henry Cavill that continues to remain unchanged. Additionally we have made no current decisions regarding any upcoming Superman films.
Being that he’s got a barking rendition of the Waltz playing, it sounds like he’s saying, “The crazy #Superman dance continues…”
— Mr Undecillion (@MrUndecillion) September 13, 2018
— Chris (@ChrisFilmFan) September 13, 2018
We got a new Superman movie in the works!!! Pleaaaaasse
— JuanCarlosGomez (@JuanCarlosGomez) September 13, 2018
So what on earth is going on? And have we been debating over a new Superman for no good reason?
For now, Cavill’s future remains cloaked in mystery…
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.