A Twitter post by Henry Cavill’s manager—who also happens to be an executive producer of Shazam—has fueled speculation that the Superman actor will be showing up in the upcoming DC Extended Universe film.
Dany Garcia took to her social media account to post a picture of herself with a man who, while hidden by shadow, is pretty clearly Cavill. The pair are standing on a movie set, though there are no details to give us more information about what film is being produced there.
“Who is this man? What are we saying? What are we planning? Oh, it’s goood… You’ll thank me later,” she wrote, with a winking emoji.
While Cavill has a role in Mission: Impossible—Fallout, which is coming out this summer, filming for that project seems to be complete, since Cavill recently shaved off the mustache needed for that role. Aside from that, he does not have any known movies coming up, but with Shazam currently filming in Toronto, one cannot help but speculate about a connection.
Shazam tells the story of Billy Batson, a teenage boy who can transform into an adult superhero by saying the magic word “Shazam!” He will be played by Asher Angel (Jonah Beck from Disney Channel’s Andi Mack) as a kid and Zachary Levi (Flynn Rider from Tangled, Fandral from Thor) as a superhero.
The character has a lot in common with Superman in terms of power and personality—they are both super-strong, flying saviors who are among the most good-hearted people in the DC Universe. There is a long history of the two interacting, either by teaming up against common enemies or fighting each other (usually when one is brainwashed). Furthermore, Billy is often depicted as being a fanboy for superheroes before becoming one himself, with Superman has his clear favorite.
It seems as if the DCEU wants to focus more on standalone projects going forward rather than trying to connect their sub-series like the Marvel Cinematic Universe does. However, if they do want to continue with crossovers, including Superman in Shazam would not be the worst idea. Perhaps the Man of Steel could even mentor the younger hero, which would also be a good way to further establish the more cheerful personality he got in Justice League.