Henry Cavill Will No Longer Be DC Universe's Superman

Posted September 13, 2018

The British actor has played the caped crusader for DC since the studio kicked off its lacklustre attempts at cinematic superhero domination with 2013's Man of Steel. The studio apparently views him as a James Bond-type, a character that's meant to be inhabited over time by an assortment of actors. After wanting to have a Superman cameo in the upcoming Shazam! film, Warner Bros. have reportedly settled on loosing Cavill in order to pursue other DC properties.

Michael B Jordan's name has been at the top of many lists, according to Deadline, who reported movie studio Warner Bros.

That reset reportedly includes a shift in focus from Superman to Supergirl. [Warner Bros] has been and continues to be our partners as they evolve the DC Universe. Ben Affleck is also being said to depart his DCEU role as Batman, as a new, probably younger actor expected to take on the mantle in Matt Reeves' stand-alone film on the Caped Crusader.

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Hours after the THR report came out, Henry's agent Dany Garcia tweeted, "Be peaceful, the cape is still in his closet".

Domestically, none of Cavill's DCEU films has topped $340 million at the box office. Cavill's performances as the Man of Tomorrow have generally been well received, but the films themselves - Man of Steel, Batman Vs Superman and Justice League - have all been incredibly divisive, and alienated a lot of superhero fans.

It's unlikely that this is all a ruse to drum up interest for a new Superman movie or appearance, and is instead a failed contract negotiation finally going public. In addition, Henry Cavill could be on United Kingdom time, which is five hours ahead, so he would have been the first to have spotted the news, more than likely before his manager and could have even called Garcia to wake her up.

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"Warners had been trying to enlist Cavill, who most recently co-starred in Mission: Impossible - Fallout, for a Superman cameo in Shazam!". Will there be backlash against Warner Bros for not re-signing Henry Cavill as Superman?

He's emerged as an early contender for the role, should Warner Bros. and DC opt to cast another relative unknown in the role.

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