Henry Cavill is officially resuming his role as Superman after years of speculation.
After returning for the mid-credits scene in Black Adam, which was released over the weekend and marks his first time in the character since 2017’s Justice League, the actor shared a video reiterating his commitment to play the DC hero in subsequent movies.
“I wanted to make it official — I am back as Superman,” Cavill said in a video. He thanked the fans, “most of all. Thank you for your support and for your patience.” He added that what audiences saw in Black Adam is a “very small taste” of things to come.
Though there are reportedly no writers or director attached, the intention is for Cavill to star in at least one solo Superman movie, his first since 2013’s Man of Steel. Other movie appearances could potentially follow as DC Films gets an overhaul under new Warners film bosses Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy.
The Instagram video had been in the works for weeks, with the timing eyed for after Black Adam’s opening weekend, when a good chunk of the audience would see his return. The timing also protected the movie’s theatrical experience.
Cavill and Superman have travelled a long way together. He was given the part by director Zack Snyder in 2010 after dressing up like the late actor Christopher Reeve. Cavill made his debut as Superman in Snyder’s Man of Steel and later returned for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017). His continued portrayal of the character was in jeopardy in 2018, according to The Hollywood Reporter, due to a creative reorganisation at DC.