How Superman and Henry Cavill Return – The Hollywood Reporter
[This story contains spoilers for Black Adam.]
Black Adam received a last-minute shock thanks to a post-credits scene that restored Henry Cavill as Superman.
Negotiating Cavill’s comeback for the first time since 2017 Alliance justice fought hard and went down the rope, with Black Adam The team that shot half of Dwayne Johnson’s scene didn’t know if the stars would arrange for Cavill’s return.
“If we can get Henry involved, then we’ll find that out at a future date,” cinematographer Lawrence Sher recalls in the latest episode of the show. The Hollywood Reporter‘S Behind the screen audio file.
The DP was informed about the Superman idea very late in the game. He recalls Black Adam Director Jaume Collet-Serra describes it this way: “Let’s quickly set the throne room setting we’re working in… We’re going to create something for Dwayne to walk in… And we’re going to shoot it. within 10 minutes. “
Half of Johnson’s scenes were shot as the final shot on the last additional day of photography. After filming half of Johnson, the group put together the second half of the scene with a double body shot and a version of John Williams ‘1978 Superman topics they find on Google. In this version of the scene, they never reveal the actor’s face, but only the Superman logo on his chest. But obviously the idea is very solid.
“Watching an actor come out from a silhouette completely into it, really gives goosebumps. ‘Wow, this will 100% work. Now they need to find out if they can get the guy with the head there,” Sher recounted.
Black Adam began testing the film with that scene included, and the response renewed the urgency to protect Cavill.
“I went to a demo screening… where they did a headless version of him… and it played gangster movies,” Sher said. “Then it was like, ‘Now we have to find Henry.'”
Like The Hollywood Reporter detailed in an article published Monday, Johnson lobbied vigorously for Cavill’s return. (Johnson shares a manager with Cavill, who also pushed hard.) DC Films boss Walter Hamada later dismissed the idea, as he had his own plans for Superman. Johnson turned his back on Hamada to meet the new bosses of Warner Bros. It was Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy who approved the idea.
After the deal was done, half of Cavill’s scenes were filmed last month in London, where the actor was at the time. Sher does his job remotely, as he can’t get to the UK, but even on the other side of the world, Sher has felt Cavill’s pull.
“There are some people who are as iconic as the characters they play, and he really is one of them,” Sher said.
DP is currently gearing up for another popular project, Todd Phillips’ return to the world. Joker with Joker: Folie à Deux.
Sher revealed that much of the film will be shot in sound stages in Los Angeles, as well as on location in New York, where the project was made. Filming began over a period of five or six weeks, starring Lady Gaga, Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix.
Sher said: “She would be a great fit for this film and would create the same kind of magic that Joaquin brought to life by himself. “The combination of the two will be exactly what we hoped for, it’s exciting, and we’ll find magic every day on set. Hopefully we’ll get a little crazy in there, too. We like when there’s a little bit of chaos.”
Listen to the full episode of Behind the screen podcasts below.