Bad news Henry Cavill fans: The British actor's tenure as the Man of Steel has reportedly come to an end.
It was reported by The Hollywood Reporter that Henry Cavill would be leaving his role as Superman after talks with the Warner Bros. broke down. The actor has played the iconic DC comics character in three films of the cinematic universe, Man of Steel (2013), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), and Justice League (2017). The actor was expected to appear in a cameo role in the upcoming superhero movie Shazam!, however, scheduling conflicts prevented this from happening.
The same source told The Hollywood Reporter, "Superman is like James Bond, and after a certain run you have to look at new actors." Warner Bros. is eager to "reset" the under-performing franchise, according to the source.
The actor has since responded cryptically on his Instagram page in a video post showing him staring with a stony expression at the camera while lifting a Superman figure into view and then moving it back down out of the shot. "The Blue Danube" waltz, sung by barking dogs, plays over the short clip with Cavill sporting a "Krypton Lifting Team" T-shirt.
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A representative for Warner soon released a statement stating that no decision had been made yet. "While no decisions have been made regarding any upcoming Superman films, we’ve always had great respect for and a great relationship with Henry Cavill, and that remains unchanged," they said.
Cavill’s manager, Dany Garcia, also responded to the news through Twitter, writing, "Be peaceful, the cape is still in his closet. Warner has been and continues to be our partners as they evolve the DC Universe."
The initial report claimed that the breakdown in talks was in part due to the studio's plan to focus on Supergirl rather than Superman, with the former's origin story featuring the last son of Krypton as an infant due to the timeline of the story. This suggests Cavill would not have made an appearance in any Supergirl film.
If the rumors do stack up and Cavill leaves the role, it would mark the second high-profile exit from the Warner Bros. franchise after Ben Affleck vacated his role as Batman. The rest of the Justice League will reprise their roles, however. Gal Gadot will return for Wonder Woman 1984, set for theaters in November 2019; Jason Momoa will headline a solo Aquaman movie this December; and Ezra Miller is set to star in a Flash movie, which is due to shoot in early 2019.
Cavill recently starred as the antagonist in Mission: Impossible - Fallout opposite Tom Cruise. He has also been cast as Geralt of Rivia in big-budget Netflix television series The Witcher (an adaptation of the cult fantasy books and video game series).
Deadline reports that Warner Bros. "has been mulling a completely different direction with its Superman canon for some time." The studio is reportedly considering a future in which Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan could play the famous Kryptonian. Actress Kat Graham, of The Vampire Diaries fame, added her support telling TMZ it's time for Kal-El to be played by a black, Latino or Asian actor.
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