It’s a bird… It’s a plane… No, wait — it’s looking like it’s no longer going to be Henry Cavill!
In news that’s shaken the DC Universe – and fandom! – to its core, Henry Cavill is reportedly out as DC cinematic universe’s Superman.
Sources have told The Hollywood Reporter that the actor is parting ways with Warner Bros. after donning the iconic S cape for three films. Henry first took on the role of Clark Kent aka Superman in 2013’s Man Of Steel, followed by 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and then 2017’s Justice League.
According to the sources, the ouster comes after talks broke down between Henry and Warner Bros. for a possible cameo in Shazam!. The Shazam! movie stars Zachary Levi and is slated to open in theaters on April 5.
There were plans for Henry to make an appearance in the said film, but contract talks fell through between Henry’s reps and the studio – and Warner Bros. is now closing its doors on other potential Superman appearances.
Warner Bros. is reportedly shifting focus on a Supergirl movie – an origin story which will take an actor Henry’s age out of the equation since Superman (Kal-El) would be an infant at the time. And the studio is also not seeing any new solo movies about the Man of Steel in the near future. An insider stated:
“Superman is like James Bond, and after a certain run you have to look at new actors.”
Another insider added that a “reset” button is being eyed for the superhero – and the current cinematic universe as a whole:
“There’s a recognition that some parts of the previous movies didn’t work.”
Following the reports, Warner Bros. has released a statement to address the developments:
“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.”
Henry has yet to issue a statement.