HENRY CAVILL JOINS MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 6 (AND PREPARES FOR DC’S MAN OF STEEL SEQUEL)
It’s hardly breaking news, but it’s worth noting that some of Hollywood’s (and, by extension, America’s) biggest movie stars, dating all the way back to the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Cary Grant, are actually, you know, British. Henry Cavill, who plays one of the pop culture icons that most represents “truth, justice and the American way” in movies, is among them, and his Hollywood presence expanded even more this week with the news that he will join the Mission: Impossible ensemble for the franchise’s sixth outing (alongside Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, and Jeremy Renner, all expected to return). Cavill has played Superman in two movies thus far (Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), and is expected to reprise the role in Justice League (ixnay on “spoilers” for last year’s movie!). Yes, both Man of Steel (55 percent) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (27 percent) have Rotten Tomatometer scores, but this week’s other news is the potential silver lining that might turn Superman’s Tomatometer scores around someday. That’s because it was reported that Warner Bros’ top choice to direct the Man of Steel sequel is Matthew Vaughn, the British former producing associate of Guy Ritchie who made his directorial debut with Layer Cake before helming three Fresh comic book adaptations: Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, and 2015’s Kingsman: The Secret Service. Of course, we should note that this doesn’t mean Vaughn will direct the Man of Steel sequel, but even the idea suggests that Warner Bros might be considering a thematic shift away from the darker, Nolan-influenced movies that Zack Snyder has been directing and producing. (A fan can hope, anyway.) Matthew Vaughn also dropped an odd hint on Instagram this week, saying that he is on a mission to get “bigger than Green Lantern,” inspiring writers and fans alike to wonder if this means Green Lantern himself might appear in the Man of Steel sequel.