After Augusts DC Fandome some fans had one question on their minds, where was Superman?
Both Batman and Wonder Woman headlined the event, along with various other notable characters, but DC Comics’ spearheading superhero was nowhere to be found.
Marvin Brito, a 25-year-old journalism student from Brazil, and Steven Marshall, a 35-year old bank administrator and podcaster from Ledes England, were particularly unhappy with this outcome. That’s why they started the “we want a new Superman movie” campaign last week. The petition currently has more than 780 signatures, with that number continually rising.
The two would like others to join in the campaign and let Warner Bros know what fans want.
“But we must do so respectfully, as Superman would do, which hopefully shows them the real support for Henry as the Man of Steel and leads to us finding out their plans for him,” Marshall stated.
Join in the movement and sign the petition here.
Superman is Marshall’s all-time favorite character.
“[I’m a fan of] not only in comic books, but everything,” Marshall said. “Superman’s ideals and values are why I love the character so much. of course he has the coolest super powers but he’s just at the heart of it all — a good natured boy from Kansas. I think the world would be a better place if we were all a little more like Superman.”
Brito has been a fan of Superman since age eight. He grew up watching Superman cartoons, the revolutionary Donner films and Superman Returns.
After seeing the success of Release the Snyder Cut it seems that Warner Bros. and AT&T are taking notice of what fans post online.
“I felt an online campaign in support of Henry Cavill as Superman could make them take note that he’s who the fans want as our big screen Superman.”Steven Marshall
Marshall’s hope is that the campaign will push Warner Bros. into letting the fans know their plans for the Man of Steel.
“Whether it is as supporting character in cameos that will lead to a solo or that team up with Shazam against Black Adam,” Marshall said. “The fans just want reassurances that he’s coming back whereas, right now, all we have are a lot of rumors.”
“I was really waiting for something from Superman in theaters to be shown [at DC FanDome],” Brito said. “I was very hopeful and apprehensive because Superman is my favorite character and helped me through difficult times.”
Brito pointed out that Superman was the only member of DC Comics’ trilogy (Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman) that didn’t receive a featured panel.
“The character was not confirmed even in Black Adam and Shazam 2,” Brito stated. “[Superman] is the only member of the trinity without a film, and the only hero in the league without anything confirmed, even Cyborg will be in this Flash movie.”
According to Brito, the Snyder Cut campaign and Ben Affleck’s return as Batman inspired him to take action.
“I hope that with this campaign, not only will Dani Garcia be able to negotiate better with Warner, but also The Rock will bring Cavill back to a clash with Black Adam,” Brito mentioned. “Who knows, this campaign will help in a solo work besides the cameo.”
Brito mentioned that Affleck’s return and the release of Zack Snyder’s version of 2017’s Justice League only happened because fans mobilized for those movements.
I see a lot of Superman fans complaining about their lack, but few really organized to make it happen.Marvin Brito
If there was ever a time Superman was needed, it’s now.
“The important thing for me is that we show the support for Henry in the Superman role,” Marshall said. “If Henry comes back, whether we played a part or not, that’s the result we want.”
The two organized the campaign together collaborating on the date, time and much more. Marshall also designed the posters, which Brito translated to Portuguese.
The two organized the campaign together collaborating on the date, time and much more.
“We are going through a lot of problems, political discussions, a pandemic, we don’t even know what the future will be like,” Brito commented. “This character represents the hope of something better. I believe he was never as necessary as today.”
A previous version of this story listed Marvin Brito as the sole organizer of this campaign. The Daily Planet has fixed this mistake and apologizes for any errors. We’d like to thank those who alerted us.
-Zack Benz, Editor-in-chief