It’s safe to say that every comic book fan on the internet has heard the news that Henry Cavill returned as Superman in Black Adam. Which Henry Cavill actually predicted back in 2018, when he told MTV that he believed Black Adam would meet Superman eventually.
However, Cavill’s Superman has only come toe-to-toe with a relatively small amount of DC characters when compared to the comics. Although, he has fought a fair few big players in the DC Universe. So, let us remind you who he has fought already and who he could possibly fight next wherever Cavill shows up.
Has Fought: General Dru-Zod
Would you believe that Man Of Steel will officially have been released ten years ago once we enter 2023? Probably the most iconic and viewed fight scene since his debut is General Zod, played by Michael Shannon.
General Dru-Zod was Cavill’s Superman’s first major antagonist and basically matched Superman in strength. This made for one of the most epic fight scenes in cinematic history, with Man of Steel marking itself as the best comic book movie in 2013.
Could Fight: Shazam!
Next on this list is Shazam, currently played by Zachary Levi, which wouldn’t be our first guess but could still potentially go down. However, Superman has fought heroes in the past, so you never truly know who is safe.
We already know that Shazam’s Billy Batson isn’t that into Superhero stuff, meaning he probably won’t geek out when he meets Superman. Not that this would result in a fight of course, but if something was to happen, this could play into it.
Has Fought: Faora
Faora made for quite the worthy opponent to Superman in the DC comics, just as she did in live-action form. You may know Faora’s other alias, Ursa, which she is most commonly known as in previous renditions.
Faora fights Superman in the classic hometown, Smallville, during the events of Zack Snyder’s Man Of Steel movie. This fight scene is everything you would want out of a Superman fight scene, both destructive and epic.
Could Fight: Darkseid
Darkseid has come very close to fighting Cavill’s Superman in the DC Universe, well when we say close, we mean just close in general. However, this was more seen in the Snyder Cut of Justice League, so it could still be a while off before we get to see this in live-action.
This would probably make for one of the toughest fights for Superman as Darkseid has defeated Superman in the comics in the past with ease. He has even taken on Superman whilst backed up by the Justice League and still come out the victor.
Has Fought: Justice League
Remember when Superman straight-up just whooped the whole live-action version of the Justice League? Although it wasn’t the most epic fight of all time, it still happened and is making its way onto this list.
However, seeing that the fight wasn’t very long, it could just be more foreshadowing that the plan was for Superman to become an inevitable villain in the DC Universe. From Batman’s visions of the future to the Snyder Cut’s glimpse into the future, it is apparent that Superman was going to become a baddy eventually.
Could Fight: Brainiac
Brainiac is always a fan-favorite to bring into the mix, appearing in DC tv shows to starring in DC games such as Injustice 2. Storylines have varied over time on how Brainiac’s impact affects the DC universe, from collecting worlds to destroying Krypton itself.
Nevertheless, Brainiac hasn’t even come close to meeting Cavill’s Superman yet, but could very well be the villain in a potential ‘Man Of Steel 2’.
Has Fought: Batman
Batfleck (Ben Affleck’s Batman) has appeared in various DC projects now, with the recent news that he will be joining the Aquaman sequel ‘Lost Kingdom’ in 2023.
Superman fought Batman back in 2016’s Batman Vs Superman, however, the response from fans was full of mixed emotions. The movie ended up being fast-paced, overly saturated with cameos, and not really what it promised it would be.
Could Fight: Black Adam
The big reveal in 2022’s Black Adam most likely just set up Superman’s first fight in the DC Universe, with Superman’s return during the post-credits scene.
However, Superman didn’t seem too angry at Black Adam but he is known for keeping his cool in difficult situations so who knows? It’s definitely safe to say that they will both be having an altercation in the very near future of the DC live-action movie franchise.
Has Fought: Doomsday
Doomsday, previously General Zod before being transformed, is the almost unkillable killing machine that appeared in Batman Vs Superman. Just like in the comics, Doomsday manages to literally kill Superman while also being killed himself by Superman.
Although this fight scene may have felt rushed and messy, it still had some epic and dramatic moments that managed to grip our attention.
Could Fight: Bizarro
Lex Luthor’s imperfect clone of Superman, Bizarro, would make for quite the addition to Cavill’s roster of villains.
Although Bizarro appeared in CW’s Superman & Lois, a Cavill-Cloned Bizarro would be worth the watch for sure. Plus, Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor is still kicking in the DC Universe and may have some plans for the future.
Has Fought: Steppenwolf
Steppenwolf, the villain so nice he fought him twice, as in the two Justice League cuts that were released.
Henry Cavill’s Superman has quite the rough journey in Justice League, from crazed-out bad guy to his normal hero-self. It’s safe to say that Superman completely destroys Steppenwolf in both of the Justice League cuts though.
Could Fight: The Joker
You would be lying if you said you wouldn’t want a live-action Superman vs Joker with Henry Cavill wearing the cape. The Joker would and has made quite the adversary for Superman, testing and pushing his limits in several incarnations.
It is unfortunate that so many actors have played the Joker on screen, both TV and Film, since the passing of Heath Ledger. However, that doesn’t mean the possibility of this happening one day in the future.