Henry Cavill will no longer play Superman in DC Comics movies – The San Diego Union

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s — apparently the end of an era for Superman.

Henry Cavill — the actor who has portrayed the Kryptonian superhero in the recent wave of DC Comics movies — is stepping away from Warner Bros. and will no longer play the character, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The move has not been confirmed by Cavill or the film studio, but THR reports contract negotiations between Cavill and Warner Bros. were unsuccessful. Warner Bros. had reportedly hoped to have Cavill make a cameo appearance in the 2019 superhero flick “Shazam!” to no avail.

“While no decisions have been made regarding any upcoming Superman films, we’ve always had great respect for and a great relationship with Henry Cavill, and that remains unchanged,” a rep for Warner Bros. said in a statement to THR.

Cavill made his debut as Superhero in the 2013 movie “Man of Steel,” then returned for DC films “Batman v Superman” in 2016 and “Justice League” in 2017. Warner Bros. is not expected to release another movie centering on Superman for multiple years, an insider told THR.

“Superman is like James Bond, and after a certain run you have to look at new actors,” a source told the entertainment outlet.

The report also states Ben Affleck, who plays Batman in the DC movies, is not expected to return for an upcoming film, “The Batman,” directed by Matt Reeves.

Several of DC Comic’s superhero movies, including “Justice League” and “Batman v Superman,” have been unpopular among critics.

The studio is reportedly now honing in on a movie centering on Supergirl as a teenager. Given the DC timeline, Superman would be a baby at the time of that film.

From: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/ny-ent-henry-cavill-done-superman-20180912-story.html

DC Fan’s Black Superman Photo Shoot Goes Viral

It’s amazing the effect a cosplay can have, and fans are finding themselves inspired by fellow fan Jonathan Belle’s Black Superman.

Belle not only presented a fantastic looking Superman but he also took some stunning photos, and fans are loving his take on the Man of Steel. The suit itself is modeled after the Henry Cavill movie suit, but fans are just happy to see a Black Superman, not to mention one who sports a full beard.

The photos feature Belle amongst some lovely surroundings, including one shot that features him taking off into the air and another shot with him peering down to the ground below. The best photo though is the last one, which features him walking through the city as his cape billows in the wind. It’s a truly dramatic shot and one that wouldn’t seem out of place in a DC film, and fans are definitely taking notice.

Belle posted the photos with the caption “If you don’t see it, make it or be it ?? #superman.”

As for the suit itself, Belle says it was made by JEFX (Jason Evans FX) and you can find out more about them here. You can also find them on Instagram.

As for Belle, you can find him on Instagram and Twitter.

Fans aren’t sure when we’ll actually get a Superman on the big screen again. Cavill’s last reprisal of the character came in Justice League, but that film struggled at the box office and came in with loads of baggage, both on and off camera. Cavill’s now appeared in three films as Superman, first in Man of Steel, then in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and finally in Justice League, but it is unknown when he will show up again.

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There have been plenty of rumors in regards to a Man of Steel 2, but nothing concrete. It seems Cavill would certainly be up for it, and he is all for playing a more classic version of the character.

“I would be very keen for the opportunity to play a classic comic Supes before playing evil,” Cavill told Fandom. “In the comic books, there’s a lot of really, really good stories about being the classic hero — a real beacon of hope and a shining light for everyone to aspire towards — and it would be a lot of fun to play that version of Supes.”

From: https://comicbook.com/dc/2018/09/11/dc-fan-black-superman-viral-photo-shoot/

The new DC Universe streaming service is a nostalgic trip for fans – even without original shows yet – Virginian

DC’s new streaming service doesn’t have any new shows yet – but that shouldn’t stop you from having a good time with it.

During a beta version tryout, DC Universe revealed itself to be a fun, nostalgic digital experience. The service is a one-stop-shop for the live-action and animated TV series and movies that DC has produced over the years – and even DC’s comic books (more on that later).

You can watch episodes of Lynda Carter’s ’70s “Wonder Woman” television series and Christopher Reeve’s iconic “Superman” movies. If you enjoy John Wesley Shipp’s supporting role on The CW’s “The Flash” you can watch the ’90s CBS series of the same name, back when Shipp starred as the Scarlet Speedster and muscle suits seemingly had no limits. No ’90s superhero television stream would be complete without ABC’s “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” starring Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher. DC Universe has all four seasons (87 episodes) of the campy and romantic series.

DC’s current live-action television universe on The CW (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Legends of Tomorrow,” “Supergirl” and “Black Lightning”) seems like a gaping omission. (Those shows currently stream on Netflix but perhaps could become available to DC Universe at some point.) And there’s no sign of the current DC movie universe, but maybe if upcoming films “Aquaman” and “Shazam” can be more “Wonder Woman” than “Justice League,” we’ll see the current DC movies available in the future.

Perhaps DC Universe’s strongest offering, at least for now, is the animated section. It features a wide variety of DC’s underrated straight-to-home-video movies, including the spectacular “Green Lantern: First Flight” from 2009, which makes you wonder how they could have gotten the live-action movie so wrong with this film as an animated template. The crown jewel of DC animation, “Batman: The Animated Series,” is there, as well, although the beta version had only the first two seasons. That makes sense, since Warner Bros. Animation is preparing to release the entire series in high definition on Blu-ray for the first time on Oct. 30. “Superman: The Animated Series” and Max Fleischer’s ’40s Superman cartoons are also available.

Like most streaming services, available content is subject to change, but DC says users will be notified when a series or movie is about to be removed.

Amid all this entertainment content is the feature that sets DC Universe apart from just being a streaming experience: the comics themselves. Watching a show or movie and then flipping your device to the comic that inspired it is a unique experience.

DC Universe has a well-curated collection of groundbreaking comics (“Action Comics” No. 1 and “Detective Comics” No. 27, the first appearances Superman and Batman), old-school nostalgic ones (Jack Kirby’s ’70s “Mister Miracle” series and Marv Wolfman and George Peréz’s ’80s hit “The New Teen Titans”) and current comics (plenty of titles from DC’s ongoing “Rebirth” era). You can swipe through Batman getting his back broken by Bane in “Batman” No. 497 or digitally flip through perhaps DC’s most famous comic ever, the death of Superman in “Superman” No. 75.

But the hype of DC Universe isn’t just a look into the past, it’s running toward a future that includes original content that will be available only on this service. The two most buzzed-about upcoming series are the live-action “Titans” and a new season of the animated “Young Justice.” “Titans” will be an intense, bloody, R-rated take on some of the same characters that are currently bringing in swarms of young fans in Cartoon Network’s “Teen Titans Go!” “Young Justice” is a revival of the show that ran two seasons on Cartoon Network starting in 2010, and it comes in response to online demand from fans. Neither will be available to stream when DC Universe goes live Sept. 15. “Titans” will get a preview at New York Comic-Con on Oct. 3, then arrive on DC Universe Oct. 12. “Young Justice” is expected to begin streaming in January 2019.

Those two series, and the response to them when they arrive, will likely be the determining factor for some fans as to whether to pay for DC Universe and get excited for future original offerings like “Stargirl” and “Swamp Thing.” DC provides two ways to pay: $7.99 a month or $74.99 annually. Not having “Titans” and “Young Justice” ready at launch doesn’t seem like the best idea, but it must mean DC is confident in what other options DC Universe provides, along with a hope that fans will be patient.

Whether it’s fair or not, DC Universe will likely be judged mostly by its original content. That makes it difficult to give a definitive description of the overall experience, except to say, at first glance, DC’s off to a good start.

From: https://pilotonline.com/entertainment/article_ee049a48-b1f2-11e8-b36f-1753f52f75e8.html

Exclusive DC Preview: ‘Superman’ #3 From Brian Michael Bendis and Ivan Reis

DC has provided ComicBook.com with an exclusive first look at next week’s Superman #3 from writer Brian Michael Bendis and penciller Ivan Reis, with inks by Joe Prado and Oclair Albert, colors by Alex Sinclair, and letters by Josh Reed.

The issue brings the Justice League into play, giving longtime Marvel writer Bendis an opportunity to dig into the heavy hitters of the DC Universe in a way that he has not really had the time or real estate to do yet.

“That battle in The Man of Steel has revealed a great many truths to both Rogol and Superman, the state of the galaxy, the state of the Universe, and the state of each other, and what they want,” Bendis told ComicBook.com during a recent interview. “So that is going to be the launching pad in Superman #1 for what is a year long epic of Superman’s place in the big galactic story that is going on in the DC Universe, and how it connected from Krypton, and what Superman’s responsibilities are.”

The Guardians of the Universe, who are taking a somewhat more elevated role in Green Lanterns right now, are also involved, as one of their number was a member of the cosmic council that seemed to believe itself to be in control of Rogol before he went off the reservation and destroyed Krypton.


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At the end of The Man of Steel, Superman exiled Rogol Zaar to the Phantom Zone — which has turned out to be something of a mistake, as now Rogol seems to have figured out how to swallow all of Earth into the limbo realm with him.

…And given how Hank Henshaw recently described the Zone as rather hellish on your psyche, it seems likely that even once Earth is freed, there will be some ramificiations for public mental and physical well being.

You can check out the preview pages in the attached image gallery, along with a good look at both covers, and read the official solicitation text for the issue below.

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Guest-starring the Justice League! Locked inside the Phantom Zone, the Earth stands poisoned and its heroes lie dying, with no idea how to escape the deadly Kryptonian trap. But an even deadlier threat invades as Rogol Zaar teams with those who have been imprisoned inside the Phantom Zone to use Earth to escape, not caring if they destroy the planet to do it.

Superman #3 will be available in stores and online Wednesday.

From: https://comicbook.com/dc/2018/09/07/exclusive-dc-preview-superman-3-from-brian-michael-bendis-and-iv/

Confirmed – King’s Superman is on the Walmart Shelves and There Are More Copies This Time

This morning we told you about DC running previews for the new Walmart comics prominently on their website.  I just got back from taking a trip to Walmart to see if the new issues of Superman Giant and Justice League Giant were out.  They were and there were a lot more of them then I was expecting.

What was in that box?  11 copies of both Superman Giant #3 and Justice League Giant #3, plus a single copy of Batman #1 and 3 copies of Superman #2.

What does it mean?  It means Dan DiDio wasn’t kidding when he said they were raising the print allocations.  The most copies I’ve seen on a shelf were 13 copies of Superman #2 and Justice League #2 at an out of the way Walmart and that was two weeks after the initial shelving and likely after a restock.  The most I’ve previously seen on a debut week was 8 copies of Teen Titans #2 at that same store the weekend it was supposed to come out.

What does this mean for total print runs?  Assuming I got there before any copies were purchased and 11 copies is the standard distribution per store across approximately 3,000 stores, then we’re talking ~33K copies of each currently in circulation.  The precedent has been a restock when the next set of titles drop, although I saw no evidence of it today.  If another 11 drop in two weeks, then that would be ~66K in circulation.  Which would be a top 10 title in today’s Direct Market.  Is that 66K in actual sales?  That depends on the arrangement with the vendor.  If there are returns, it might only be 33K sales on 66K copies.  These aren’t selling out at _every_ Walmart, just a lot of them.

Let’s revisit the considerable amount of in-house advertising in these issue and see where DC is going with this.

Both issues have an ad for the DC Black Label collected edition of Sean Murphy’s Batman White Knight on the back cover.  Both issues do have a comic shop locator ad.

Superman

  • Superman/Batman tpbs (the run that started with Loeb/McGuinness
  • All-Star Superman / Final Crisis / Morrison’s Action tpbs / Batman R.I.P., so basically “the Grant Morrison ad”
  • 2-page spread of Earth One OGNs, emphasizing the recent Green Lantern Earth One Vol. 1
  • 2-page spread for Heroes in Crisis
  • Geoff Johns Green Lantern tpbs
  • Blackest Night tpbs
  • 2-page spread for Justice League (the current bi-weekly)
  • 2-page spread for Superman (the current monthly)

Justice League

  • New 52 Justice League tpbs
  • Rebirth Vol. 1 tpbs – Justice League / Cyborg / Aquaman / Green Lanterns
  • 2-page spread for Justice League (the current bi-weekly)
  • Rebirth Vol. 1 tpbs – Flash / Justice League / Titans / Hal Jordan the Green Lantern Corps
  • New 52 Flash tpbs
  • 2-page spread for Superman (the current monthly)
  • 2-page spread for Heroes in Crisis
  • New 52 Aquaman tpbs
  • Rebirth Aquaman tpbs
  • 2-page spread of Earth One OGNs, emphasizing the recent Green Lantern Earth One Vol. 1

So we’re seeing a shift to promote some of DC’s Direct Market periodicals.  Justice League, Superman (no love for Action?) and the upcoming Heroes in Crisis.  If the goal is to drive new readers into stores, then promoting some of the current ongoing titles is appropriate.  Whether you think it should be a priority over collected editions is probably contingent on where you think the market it is going, but at least that is legitimate discussion that can be had now that we’re seeing a mix of ads.

It still seems like the call to action is all wrong if the primary audience for these Walmart periodicals is the new reader.  The tpb ads still all have the “Get more DC graphic novels wherever comics and books are sold” tagline which simply isn’t the case in a Walmart store.  The ads for bi-weekly/monthly comics have no information about where to get them.  This requires the reader to first find the comic shop locator ad, near the back of each issue, and then make a causal leap along the line of “oh, the ads don’t mean I should look for these other comics at Walmart where I bought this issue, they mean I should go to the locator and find a store that actually stocks more than 4 comics each month.”

It would not be a bad idea to have the shop locator a bit earlier in the issue – before they see the other ads – and have the line about discovering your local comic shop a lot more prominent in that particular ad.  And maybe swap out the “wherever comics and books are sold” line for a reference to the shop locator.  Repetition makes for reinforcement and all.

But there I go again, trying to apply logic to the comics sales process.  No good ever came of that.  And if a significant part of the intended audience is pulling DM customers in for King and Bendis to get the initial sales up, they already know where to shop.

Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.

From: http://www.comicsbeat.com/confirmed-kings-superman-is-on-the-walmart-shelves-and-there-are-more-copies-this-time/

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PREVIEW: King & Kubert’s 12-Part Superman Story Has Batman Ask for Help

DC Comics’ 100-page Superman Giant #3 arrives in Walmart stores this week, with an original 12-part story from writer Tom King and artist Andy Kubert.

Part One of “Up in the Sky” will mark King’s second Superman story since his heartfelt “For Tomorrow” short story in Action Comics #1000. Superman Giant #3 sees Batman call for the Man of Steel’s help to investigate a Gotham crime that has left a couple and two foster girls dead, with one girl missing and another in a local hospital.

RELATED: DC Comics Brings 100-Page Giants Back To Life This Summer

You might be wondering why Batman would turn to Superman for help when he’s Gotham’s protector and an experienced detective. However, once Superman begins talking to the injured little girl, her enthusiasm and love for DC superheroes reveals he’s just the man for the job, even if Perry White believes Clark Kent should spend his time on other cases.

Another important clue is the suspect showed up in a spaceman suit and escaped by flying up into the sky, meaning Batman may be out of his depth when it comes to pursuing the murderer and kidnapper.

Below are the description and preview for King and Kubert’s Superman Giant #3 story:

The cornerstone of SUPERMAN GIANT #3 is part one of the 12-chapter “Up in the Sky,” an original story by multiple Eisner Award-winner Tom King, writing his first Superman story since the poignant and heartfelt “For Tomorrow” in April’s landmark ACTION COMICS #1000. King, along with artist Andy Kubert, inker Sandra Hope, colorist Brad Anderson and letterer Clayton Cowles, has created a classic superhero story involving the kidnapping of an Earth child from Gotham City. Featuring DC mainstays Lois Lane and Perry White, in addition to cameo appearances from Batman and Green Lantern, this 12-part tale asks the question: How far across the galaxy will the Man of Steel go to bring a single child home?

From: https://www.cbr.com/preview-king-kubert-12-part-superman-giant-walmart-story/

The new DC Universe streaming service is a nostalgic trip for fans — even without original shows yet


Lynda Carter’s ’70s “Wonder Woman” series will be available on DC Universe. (DC Entertainment)

DC’s new streaming service doesn’t have any new shows yet — but that shouldn’t stop you from having a good time with it.

During a beta version tryout, DC Universe revealed itself to be a fun, nostalgic digital experience. The service is a one-stop-shop for the live-action and animated TV series and movies that DC has produced over the years — and even DC’s comic books (more on that later).

You can watch episodes of Lynda Carter’s 70s “Wonder Woman” television series and Christopher Reeve’s iconic “Superman” movies. If you enjoy John Wesley Shipp’s supporting role on the CW’s “The Flash” you can watch the ’90s CBS series of the same name, back when Shipp starred as the Scarlet Speedster and muscle suits seemingly had no limits. No ’90s superhero television stream would be complete without ABC’s “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” starring Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher. DC Universe has all four seasons (87 episodes) of the campy and romantic series.

DC’s current live-action television universe on the CW (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Legends of Tomorrow,” “Supergirl” and “Black Lightning”) seems like a gaping omission. (Those shows currently stream on Netflix but perhaps could become available to DC Universe at some point.) And there’s no sign of the current DC movie universe, but maybe if upcoming films “Aquaman” and “Shazam” can be more “Wonder Woman” than “Justice League,” we’ll see the current DC movies available in the future.

Perhaps DC Universe’s strongest offering, at least for now, is the animated section. It features a wide variety of DC’s underrated straight-to-home-video movies, including the spectacular “Green Lantern: First Flight” from 2009, which makes you wonder how they could have gotten the live-action movie so wrong with this film as an animated template. The crown jewel of DC animation, “Batman: The Animated Series,” is there, as well, although the beta version had only the first two seasons. That makes sense, since Warner Bros. Animation is preparing to release the entire series in high definition on Blu-ray for the first time on Oct. 30. “Superman: The Animated Series” and Max Fleischer’s ’40s Superman cartoons are also available.

Like most streaming services, available content is subject to change, but DC says users will be notified when a series or movie is about to be removed.

Amid all this entertainment content is the feature that sets DC Universe apart from just being a streaming experience: the comics themselves. Watching a show or movie and then flipping your device to the comic that inspired it is a unique experience.


DC Universe debuts on Sept 15. (DC Entertainment)

DC Universe has a well-curated collection of groundbreaking comics (“Action Comics” No. 1 and “Detective Comics” No. 27, the first appearances Superman and Batman), old-school nostalgic ones (Jack Kirby’s ’70s “Mister Miracle” series and Marv Wolfman and George Peréz’s ’80s hit “The New Teen Titans”) and current comics (plenty of titles from DC’s ongoing “Rebirth” era). You can swipe through Batman getting his back broken by Bane in “Batman” No. 497 or digitally flip through perhaps DC’s most famous comic ever, the death of Superman in “Superman” No. 75.

But the hype of DC Universe isn’t just a look into the past, it’s running toward a future that includes original content that will be available only on this service. The two most buzzed-about upcoming series are the live-action “Titans” and a new season of the animated “Young Justice.” “Titans” will be an intense, bloody, R-rated take on some of the same characters that are currently bringing in swarms of young fans in Cartoon Network’s “Teen Titans Go!” “Young Justice” is a revival of the show that ran two seasons on Cartoon Network starting in 2010, and it comes in response to online demand from fans. Neither will be available to stream when DC Universe goes live Sept. 15. “Titans” will get a preview at New York Comic-Con on Oct. 3, then arrive on DC Universe Oct. 12. “Young Justice” is expected to begin streaming in January 2019.


Brenton Thwaites stars as Robin in “Titans,” which will debut on the DC Universe streaming service on Oct. 12. (DC Entertainment)

Those two series, and the response to them when they arrive, will likely be the determining factor for some fans as to whether to pay for DC Universe and get excited for future original offerings like “Stargirl” and “Swamp Thing.” DC provides two ways to pay: $7.99 a month or $74.99 annually. Not having “Titans” and “Young Justice” ready at launch doesn’t seem like the best idea, but it must mean DC is confident in what other options DC Universe provides, along with a hope that fans will be patient.

Whether it’s fair or not, DC Universe will likely be judged mostly by its original content. That makes it difficult to give a definitive description of the overall experience, except to say, at first glance, DC’s off to a good start.

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From: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2018/09/05/the-new-dc-universe-streaming-service-is-a-nostalgic-trip-for-fans-even-without-original-shows-yet/

This ‘Man of Steel’ and ‘Batman v Superman’ Connection Has DC Fans Emotional

In the years since the releases of Man of Steel (2013) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), DC fans have been digging deeper and deeper into Zack Snyder’s DC Extended Universe work, the deeper the thematic arc and narrative connections get.

Today brings yet another thematic connection that’s been spotted between the two films — a running motif that foreshadows the death, loss, and love that surrounds Henry Cavill’s Superman. Check out that connection, below.

This post from “not_like_this1” on Reddit shows, yet again, just how much pre-planning Snyder put into his DCEU saga, which was supposed run through Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and the Justice League film(s).

These two scenes above are both taken from Batman v Superman, but the scene with Kevin Costner’s Jonathan Kent was a major callback to the character’s arc in Man of Steel. Taken as one long-form story, these scenes tell the tale of how Kal-El / Clark Kent / Superman learns the values of love and commitment from his Earthly father figure, values instilled deep in Clark, which manifest in his relationship and treatment of Lois Lane.

The sub-plot comes full circle as Clark ultimately sacrifices himself to protect both Lois and the world from Doomsday, just as Jonathan sacrificed himself to protect Clark from the world. As controversial as Pa Kent’s death was in Man of Steel, when you consider how it later feeds into Clark’s heroism and bravery in a moment of self-sacrifice, it’s just another indicator that — despite what trolls and critics try to argue — Snyder did have a deeper understanding of DC Comics heroes. Superman following Jonathan Kent’s example (when all others have failed) as inspiration for a great heroic act is fundamentally in line with the core concepts of the character.

As DCEU fans are already pointing out, it’s also clear that this particular motif wasn’t just a connection between Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: it was also a major foreshadow to a pivotal part of Justice League. The “Knightmare” sequence of Batman v Superman showed Evil Superman frying Batman and his resistance troops, while the small amount of dialogue we get indicates that Superman turned evil after something happened to Lois (“She was my world,” he tells Batman before killing him). That now-awkward scene where Flash briefly warps back to warn Bruce Wayne also feeds into the motif, as Flash explains to Bruce that Lois was always the key to Superman.

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Altogether, Superman’s close connection to select humans — and the losses / protection of those connections — was a major character arc that would’ve hopefully brought Henry Cavill’s Superman around to being the hero fans wanted him to be, and would connect right back to Jor-El’s Man of Steel prediction about his son’s arc as an Earth hero, leading humanity ‘into the sun.’

Alas, we’ll never see the full picture, though — at least not until Warner Bros. releases that Snyder Cut!

Shazam! is slated to hit theaters on April 5, 2019, while Wonder Woman 2 hits theaters on November 1, 2019.

From: https://comicbook.com/dc/2018/09/03/batman-v-superman-she-was-my-world-lois-lane-jonathan-kent-scene/

This ‘Man of Steel’ and ‘Batman v Superman’ Connection Has DC …

In the years since the releases of Man of Steel (2013) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), DC fans have been digging deeper and deeper into Zack Snyder’s DC Extended Universe work – the deeper the thematic arc and narrative connections get.

Today brings yet another thematic connection that’s been spotted between the two films – a running motif that foreshadows the death, loss, and love that surrounds Henry Cavill’s Superman. Check out that connection, below:

This post from “not_like_this1” over on Reddit shows, yet again, just how much pre-planning Snyder put into his DCEU saga, which was supposed run through Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and the Justice League film(s).

These two scenes above are both taken from Batman v Superman, but the scene with Kevin Costner’s Jonathan Kent was a major callback to the character’s arc in Man of Steel. Taken as one long-form story, these scenes tell the tale of how Kal-El / Clark Kent / Superman learns the values of love and commitment from his Earthly father figure – values instilled deep in Clark, which manifest in his relationship and treatment of Lois Lane. The sub-plot comes full circle as Clark ultimately sacrifices himself to protect both Lois and the world from Doomsday, just as Jonathan sacrificed himself to protect Clark from the world. As controversial as Pa Kent’s death was in Man of Steel, when you consider how it later feeds into Clark’s heroism and bravery in a moment of self-sacrifice, it’s just another indicator that – despite what trolls and critics try to argue – Snyder did have a deeper understanding of DC Comics heroes. Superman following Jonathan Kent’s example (when all others have failed) as inspiration for a great heroic act is fundamentally in line with the core concepts of the character.

As DCEU fans are already pointing out: it’s also clear that this particular motif wasn’t just a connection between Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: it was also a major foreshadow to a pivotal part of Justice League. The “Knightmare” sequence of Batman v Superman showed Evil Superman frying Batman and his resistance troops, while the small amount of dialogue we get indicates that Superman turned evil after something happened to Lois (“She was my world,” he tells Batman before killing him). That now-awkward scene where Flash briefly warps back to warn Bruce Wayne also feeds into the motif, as Flash explains to Bruce that Lois was always the key to Superman.

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Altogether, Superman’s close connection to select humans – and the losses / protection of those connections -was a major character arc that would’ve hopefully brought Henry Cavill’s Superman around to being the hero fans wanted him to be, and would connect right back to Jor-El’s Man of Steel prediction about his son’s arc as an Earth hero, leading humanity ‘into the sun.’

…Alas, we’ll never see the full picture, though – at least not until Warner Bros. releases that Snyder Cut!

Shazam! is slated to hit theaters on April 5, 2019, while Wonder Woman 2 hits theaters on November 1, 2019.

From: https://comicbook.com/dc/2018/09/03/batman-v-superman-she-was-my-world-lois-lane-jonathan-kent-scene/

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