An incredible new piece of fan art sees Henry Cavill’s Superman turn into the movie version of Trigon Superman from Justice League Dark: Apokolips War. Cavill, who has starred as DC’s flagship superhero in three outings in the unofficially titled DC Extended Universe so far – namely Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League – seems unlikely to reprise his role, despite his stated desire to do so. Though Cavill hasn’t officially exited the DCEU, there are no Superman movies currently in development.
But now fans can imagine him continuing in the role, albeit reimagined as Trigon Superman from the final installment in the DC Animated Universe. The art is inspired by the recent release, Justice League Dark Apokolips War, which sees Clark Kent briefly possessed by Trigon before he breaks free and regains control of his superpowers. The Justice League Dark movies are part of the larger animated franchise, and are based on story lines from DC comics, offering up a dark adaptation that many have said reflects Zack Snyder’s original vision for the Justice League movie.
Now, the DCEU and the DC Animated Universe come together in this epic piece of fan art that was shared by digital artist Yadvender Singh Rana. The art imagines what Cavill’s Man of Steel might look like if he became Trigon Superman in a DCEU movie. You can see it for yourself in the space below:
This fan art should satisfy DC fans, who have been clamoring to see more of Cavill as the Man of Steel. It also provides a ‘what might have been’ moment, given that Snyder could have gone down this route with the character if given more films in the DCEU. It is well known that the version of Justice League seen in cinemas was vastly different from Snyder’s original vision for the DCEU, with a planned sequel and a much darker story that would have seen the Justice League potentially journey to Apokolips. Still, though some of Snyder’s full five-movie plan for the DCEU isn’t known, the filmmaker hasn’t mentioned Cavill becoming Trigon Superman.
As for Superman’s role in the DCEU, rumors of a Man of Steel 2 have been bouncing around the internet for years, and Cavill himself has said he’s keen to continue playing the superhero. But with The Batman and The Suicide Squad seemingly taking place in different timelines from the DCEU we’ve seen in recent years, it seems fans will be left wanting. At least, for the foreseeable future.