SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, which is showing at theaters now.
Look — say what you want about the DCEU’s Justice League and its infamous mustache-gate, but Henry Cavill’s Superman reminded us why Man of Steel 2 needs to happen. His few moments of magic showed us that he’s the foundation of the DC Universe (despite what LEGO Batman might claim) and needs to be at the forefront of it all
If you believe the latest online rumors, though, it might be a bit of a mission impossible, because Cavill and Warner Bros. reportedly cannot agree on a new contract for his return. However, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies might’ve quietly confirmed the film isn’t as far off as we may think.
The revelatory scene occurs after the Justice League intervenes and stops Balloon Man, right at the beginning of the film. The Titans ask the League if they want to hang out, but Green Lantern brushes them off by saying they need to get going to Batman’s movie premiere. Robin expresses his dream of having his own motion picture and being recognized as a hero on the big screen. In retort, Wonder Woman declares they only make movies about real heroes while Superman adds that the Titans are a bunch of “goofsters”. Starfire then innocently asks the Man of Steel if he’s had his own film. He stands proud, puffing out his chest, as he states, “So many — and more to come.”
Is that confirmation that Cavill is returning sooner than expected, though? “More to come” could mean films (or years) way down the line, and not necessarily in the immediate future. Considering the meta nature of the film, it’s possible that it could also simply be a sneaky dig at how the usual heroes get countless movies, while others are destined to lie on the periphery (*cough* Nightwing *cough*).
That said, there was something about Supes’ delivery which felt like he was breaking the fourth wall, here. It was almost Deadpool-esque in the way that it nodded and winked at the audience, implying that you know exactly what he’s implying.
Think about it: How incredible would it be if Nicolas Cage’s Superman just announced a Man of Steel sequel? It’s like Barry Allen warped the Multiverse (again) and made sure that Tim Burton’s Superman Lives is now part of canon, even if it never happened except maybe in some Dark Multiverse.
Many fans will be hoping this is true, especially since the rumored Comic-Con International reveal never materialized. It was speculated that Cavill would be present at the event, and Warner Bros. would announce the long-awaited Man of Steel 2, but sadly there was no news about it.
Regardless of what is (or isn’t) going on behind the scenes, Cavill still continues to discuss Big Blue in a positive light, as if he’s still involved in the role. Recently, he told Square Mile that Superman: For Tomorrow is one of his favorite comic books, and he’d like to see more stories explored on the big screen. “There’s an opportunity to keep on telling Superman stories, and getting them exactly right. Showing the things like hope and joy and that wonderful power of his to make people believe in themselves,” he said.
Hopefully, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies just pulled off the greatest surprise announcement in the history of comic-book movies and Cavill receives another opportunity to suit up as Superman soon.
In theaters now, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies stars Scott Menville, Khary Payton, Tara Strong, Hynden Walch, Greg Cipes, Will Arnett, Kristen Bell, Nicolas Cage, James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel, Halsey and Lil Yachty.
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