Dwayne Johnson Battled the Powers That Be to Bring Back Henry Cavill as Superman 

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Warner Bros. and DC Studios are positioning Black Adam as the DCEU’s big comeback, and it’s not surprising to see why. Dwayne Johnson dominated in his portrayal of Black Adam, a role he was born to play, but it was the last moments of the film that captured audiences by surprise. Suffice to say, every cinema in the world gave an audible gasp when they saw Henry Cavill return as Superman for the first time in five years.

Ever since Zack Snyder departed from the DCEU, Cavill’s ties to the world’s most powerful superhero were tentative at best. It was largely assumed that the studios were shelving Cavill as Superman, to the despair of DC fans worldwide. But that was before The Rock arrived on the scene.

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Since Black Adam was released, Johnson has stepped up to the plate as the unofficial leader of the DCEU’s roster of superhero actors. And it’s Johnson we have to thank for bringing back Henry Cavill to the fold.

In a long Twitter video, the actor revealed how he “fought hard” to give Henry Cavill the Superman comeback he deserved, despite the fact that Warner Bros. “inexplicably and inexcusably” did not want Cavill to don the red cape again. But like Black Adam, Johnson couldn’t be stopped.

For Johnson, it would be impossible to establish Black Adam as “the most powerful, unstoppable force in the DC universe” without the presence of “the most powerful, unstoppable force of all time in any universe.”

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“You guys know who I’m talking about. Of course, that’s Superman. That’s Henry Cavill,” said Johnson. 

“This has been years in the making regarding bringing Henry Cavill back and years of strategic conversations, and we were not going to take no for an answer.”

Johnson and his team were fixed on bringing back Cavill not just for Black Adam, but for the benefit of the entire DCEU. Without Superman, DC would always be incomplete.

“There was no way viable, logical way that you can attempt to build out the DC universe without the most powerful force and the greatest superhero of all time sitting on the sidelines. It’s impossible to do," said Johnson.

“You have to have Superman in the mix. That’s why we fought hard to bring Superman back… Henry Cavill is our generation’s Superman, and in my opinion, the greatest Superman. I mean that respectfully to the other actors, especially Christopher Reeve, but the greatest Superman of all time [is Henry Cavill.]”

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More than once, Johnson mentioned how the “hierarchy of power in the DC universe has changed,” hinting that these changes played a part in bringing back Superman and launching “the new era of the DC universe.”

With Black Adam introduced and Superman returned, it’s safe to say that Johnson is right: “We can now build out the DC universe properly, strategically, and smartly.”

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