WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Henry Cavill is reportedly not going to fly as Superman anymore.
- Warner Bros. doesn’t have solo Superman movies planned for its immediate future.
- The studio is changing its focus to a different superhero movie.
It looks like Henry Cavill will no longer be donning the red cape as Superman. Wednesday, the Hollywood Reporter said that the actor won’t be appearing in Warner Bros.’ future DC Comics movies as the Man of Steel.
The actor was being enlisted by Warners to cameo as Superman in Shazam!, a DC movie starring Zachary Levi which will premiere on April 5.
However, THR reported, “contract talks between Cavill’s WME reps and Warners broke down, and the door is now closing on other potential Superman appearances.”
With Warner Bros. spending the past several years trying to build on its DC comic book universe, this is shocking news. Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are key characters of the Justice League.
Superman plays an essential role in DC’s superhero comics and a major force that drives the Justice League. Taking out Cavill’s Superman from the DC’s Cinematic Universe would be like taking away Chris Evan’s iconic Captain America from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Rumors have popped up as well, saying that Affleck as Batman is also out.
THR also said that Warner Bros. has no immediate plans for any solo Superman movies. It seems the studio is headed in a different direction.
“[T]he studio has shifted its focus to a Supergirl movie, which will be an origin story featuring a teen superheroine. This effectively removes an actor of Cavill’s age from the storyline’s equation given that Superman, aka Kal-El, would be an infant, according to DC lore.”
This change may be in response to the criticism of the last DC movies, 2016’s Batman c Superman: Dawn of Justice and 2017’s Justice League. Often, Warner Bros. has been criticized for making its superhero movies too dark. Cavill’s Superman and Ben Affleck’s Batman haven’t resonated with audiences, unlike Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman.
Choosing to go in a younger, brighter direction with Supergirl may be Warner Bros. effort to draw in a new generation of fans.
However, the news has not been officially confirmed by Cavill or Warner Bros.