With the new announcement about everything Justice League, there was something missing in a lot of it. That being, the one and only, Superman. The Man of Steel is mentioned in the synopsis of Justice League but only in the past tense. Spoilers ahead for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. In that movie, Superman dies at the end of it. However, it was clearly seen that in his grave dirt was starting to rise. It was the same effect that Superman has on the environment surrounding him when he takes off in flight. It was clear that either Superman was not truly dead or somehow had been resurrected.
Henry Cavill, the actor who plays Superman, has been announced for this movie since before it even began production. In fact, in the cast billing in the synopsis, his name is still listed. When the production of Justice League was shown as Cinemacon, Cavill was shown among the cast. So it is clear that Superman is in the movie. You really cannot have a Justice League movie without Superman. Press even mentioned how they got a look of everyone’s new looks but how Superman was being kept secret. The only images of Henry Cavill were from his previous outings. Zack Snyder, the director, flat out admitted that Superman will be in the movie. So why are Warner Bros. being so cagey about something that everyone already knows? In fact there is certain precedent for something like this.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a monumental movie with major characters returning. That included Luke Skywalker. Everyone knew that Mark Hamill was reprising his role in the movie. The actor made no secret of and neither did the rest of the cast and crew. However, he was in none of the marketing of the movie. There is a key plot reason as to why he wasn’t brought up in promotions and such. It wouldn’t be too big of a surprise if they are doing the same with Superman. Everyone knows that he is going to be part of the movie but how big of a role or even how he is even brought back will be a mystery probably until the actual movie is seen.
The plot mentions the coming catastrophe and how Batman is recruiting members for the Justice League. The villain of the movie is Steppenwolf, the uncle of Darkseid. Both are members of the New Gods. Darkseid in particular has always had a special interest in Superman throughout the various incarnations. Can these two be behind Superman’s resurrection? Is it possible that Superman will be something of the heavy that is under Steppenwolf’s sway and the burgeoning League has to turn him back to their side?
Since the previous movie to feature Superman loosely adapted, “The Death of Superman”. It wouldn’t be hard to think that this movie would loosely adapt “Reign of the Supermen” which featured the return of Superman. This followed months of Superman being “dead” and he eventually returned about halfway through the story. This would be the more logical thing to do as the first half or so would be about the team forming in Superman’s absence but knowing they need more but not knowing where to get it. This would lead perfectly into Superman’s return, however that may be. These are all just speculations and thoughts. Even though this is still speculation, make no bones about it. Superman will be part of the climax of the film.