Though his time as both Big Blue and The White Wolf may have come to a premature end, a new rumor suggests that Henry Cavill may soon find himself donning a suit of power armor and serving the Imperium of Man.
The revelation that The Rock’s campaigning for his return as the Man of Steel had all been for naught was first shared on December 14th by Cavill himself, who announced through his personal Instagram account, “I have just had a meeting with James Gunn and Peter Safran and it’s sad news, everyone. I will, after all, not be returning as Superman.”
“After being told by the studio to announce my return back in October, prior to their hire, this news isn’t the easiest, but that’s life” he continued. “The changing of the guard is something that happens. I respect that. James and Peter have a universe to build. I wish them and all involved with the new universe the best of luck, and the happiest fortunes.”
Unsurprisingly, this reversal was met with a mix of confusion and outrage from fans, many of whom could not believe that Warner Bros. Discovery had wasted the perfect Superman casting for a second time.
Amongst those who found themselves disappointed was iZombie and The Haunting of Bly Manor star Rahul Kohli, who responded to the news by tweeting, “Hey Henry, f–k it, let’s make a Warhammer movie/limited series. Kind regards, Rahul.”
Though Kohli’s tweet was more of a ‘hopeful kickstart’ to a potential Warhammer 40k project rather than any sort of official announcement, it seems the actor may not have been too far off the mark when it comes to Cavill’s future.
Speaking with film critic John Rocha during the December 15th episode of his The Hot Mic podcast, noted film reported Jeff Sneider asserted, “Yesterday morning, I get an email from a source I haven’t heard from in awhile, but who was always accurate in the past.”
“It said ‘Sounds like Amazon is buying the rights to Warhammer 40k and maybe attaching Henry Cavill to star in his next big post-The Witcher role,” he teased, before clarifying, “This is all unconfirmed though.”
“I think that in the coming days you’re going to actually hear something about someone getting the rights [to Warhammer 40k]” Sneider added. “I think, my source says it will be Amazon – but clearly these rights are in play, and it may very well be Henry Cavill’s next big franchise. ”
Sneider would later reiterate his scoop on Twitter, retweeting Kohli’s original post and telling his followers, “As I just announced on THE HOT MIC, I’m told that this may actually be in the works ”
“I’m hearing that AMAZON is making a play for the rights to WARHAMMER 40K and trying to attach Henry Cavill to star,” he wrote. “I got this tip several hours BEFORE yesterday’s announcement/Rahul’s tweet.”
Around the same time as Sneider made his above tweet, The Hollywood Reporter published a piece seemingly confirming that Cavill “is attached to star and executive produce a series adaptation of Warhammer 40k”.
“Amazon is in the final talks for the rights to the games,” the outlet noted. “No writers or showrunners are attached, although Vertigo Entertainment is attached to also executive produce.
Should Cavill actually find himself enlisted under the service of the God-Emperor, it would undoubtedly be a personal career highlight for the former Superman actor, as he is himself a fan of the popular tabletop game.
“I finally made the pilgrimage to Warhammer World, and what a day I had!” exclaimed Cavill on Instagram in February, sharing a video of his visit. “I don’t often get giddy with excitement, but getting to meet the likes of Andy Smillie, Mark Chambers, Wade Pryce, and Aiden Daly and being able to pick their brains about minute and elusive parts of the lore, while wandering the halls of the exhibition centre was a dream come true.”
“Some of you may not know what Warhammer is, and I urge you to take a look,” he encouraged.
“If you live in the UK definitely go to Warhammer World,” wrote the actor. “The artistry involved and the synergy between miniature designs that are so enormously diverse, is extraordinary. The brilliance of the artistry is rather wonderfully matched, by the sense of community and also the passion that is shown by both the people who work there and the people who visit.”
“I don’t often feel at home, but I did that day,” he concluded.