After debuting in the role of Daily Planet editor-in-chief Perry White for 2013’s Man of Steel, Laurence Fishburne saw his screentime as the character dwindle with the pseudo-sequel Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016 which was the last time he was seen. Turns out that very well might be the last time we see Fishburne yell at Lois or Clark about deadlines and Superman.
In an interview with Den of Geek about his role in Marvel Studio’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, Fishburne spoke about being one of just a handful of actors that have played characters in both DC and Marvel based films and how he’s not certain at this point if or when he’ll be able to dive back into the DC Film world or not.
“I don’t think I’m still on call. I was unfortunately unable to go do some work on what turned out to be the Justice League movie,” Fishburne said. “I don’t know that I need to go back or if they’ll have me back or not, but I was grateful to have been a part of it. I loved working with Zack (Snyder), I think he makes an incredible superhero movie. I’m just excited to be a part of this (the MCU) now.”
With the DC film universe, previously deemed the DCEU by fans but with no current designator, sort of in upheaval following multiple films underperforming (including the aforementioned Justice League) and various executive changes. There are various plans for Joker and Harley based possible films and a sequel for Wonder Woman, the upcoming Aquaman and Shazam films and the possibility of a Batman trilogy of films with or without Ben Affleck under the cowl.
None of those really would be a spot to fit in Perry White or the rest of the Daily Planet crew. For years there have been rumors of a Man of Steel 2 but there hasn’t been anything ironclad. Even Fishburne mentioned that no one has made mention to him of that film being something Warner Bros. is truly considering or not.
For the time being Fishburne will live out his comic book film dreams within the boundaries of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.