Superman star Henry Cavill explains the decision to use John Williams’s music instead of Hans Zimmer for his big Black Adam cameo scene.
The following contains spoilers for Black Adam.
Henry Cavill explains why John Williams’s score was used instead of Hans Zimmer’s for Superman’s Black Adam cameo. Superman is officially back in the DCEU thanks to his brief appearance in the recently released Black Adam. However, it remains to be seen whether Dwayne Johnson’s plans for a full-scale showdown between Black Adam and Superman will ever materialize.
For now, though, it’s enough for fans to have seen Cavill’s Superman again, a character that has been absent since 2017 Justice League (not counting last year’s Snyder Cut release). And Kal-El’s return was indeed memorable, for he showed up in a Black Adam post-credits scene to challenge Johnson’s hero, now the self-proclaimed protector of Kahndaq. “It’s been a while since someone has made the world so nervous‘ said Superman. “Black Adam? We have to talk.But of course what fans expect is that these two super-powered superheroes will fight more than talk.
The sight of Superman and Black Adam sharing the screen was exciting enough for fans. But what made the moment even more exciting was the choice of music to support this gathering of DC heavyweights. Hear the original Superman score by iconic composer Williams (instead of Zimmer’s Man of Steel music) certainly caused a nostalgic shock to many in the audience, which was exactly what was intended according to Cavill, who discussed the sonic choice with CinemaBlend. See his comments in the space below:
The John Williams theme song is, of course, incredibly important to the character. It’s something that resonates with the character and everything. I think everyone in the world hears that, I think a lot of the world that hears that will immediately recognize it as Superman and have a certain feeling about it, and I think it’s great.
What’s next for Henry Cavill’s Superman in the DCEU
It’s not yet known if Black Adam and Superman will ever face each other in a DCEU movie (indeed, it’s not known if Black Adam will even get another movie, though the odds seem good after the public’s reaction to the first movie). However, it is known that Cavill will return as Superman. Indeed, it was recently revealed that Warner Bros Man of Steel 2, news that Cavill himself confirmed at the time. There is no release date for the second one Man of Steeland no other casting has been confirmed.
It is, of course, very possible that Man of Steel 2 will feature the Black Adam v. Superman fight promised by the Black Adam end credits scene. In fact it is plagued by Black Adam producer Hiram Garcia that there will be an ongoing arc between Teth-Adam and Kal-El. It would then make sense for both Black Adam and Superman to make some cameos in the run-up to other DCEU films. Man of Steel 2 (Shazam! The wrath of the gods seems like a natural place, or maybe? The flash). It may be harder to predict where this is headed in the long run given the volatility of the entire Warner Bros. Discovery/DC situation at the moment. But it sure seems like everything points in the direction of Black Adam, Superman and other DCEU characters starring Justice League 2 far down the road.
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