Henry Cavill reportedly out as Superman in DC movies

Sergio Cunningham
September 13, 2018

Cavill's tenure as the Big Blue Boy Scout hasn't exactly been a success, with his three movies underachieving both critically and commercially, and he hasn't had the chance to play a "true" version of the character.

Warner Bros.is well aware of how many people are now displeased with the state of their DC franchise, and are apparently trying to find different angles to change that.

Superman fans began posting all over social media after the first reports hit, decrying Warner Bros. for putting the Man of Steel back on the shelf.

Meanwhile, Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros.' primary DC strategy involves a "Supergirl" movie, focusing on the Kryptonian character who lands on Earth when she's a teenager, which would require a substantially younger Superman than the 35-year-old Cavill. It is said that a scheduling conflict lead to the axing of the Shazam! deal - a notion well supported by the fact that Cavill recently signed on to do a Netflix series titled The Witcher.

The report adds that, as a Man of Steel sequel is years away from production, the studio would prefer to reboot, thus closing the door on Cavill's return.

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A statement from Warner Bros. tried to play down any final decisions made about Cavill's future as the superhero.

The news also comes as reports say DC will shift focus to a Supergirl origin movie, which would have Superman, or Kal-El, as an infant in the new timeline.

THR quoted a studio insider as saying that "there's a recognition that some parts of the previous movies didn't work".

During a recent investor conference, WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey hinted that a change was brewing in the DC extended universe.

You would think Cavill's exit complicates those plans, but how the studio intends to address the larger DC cinematic universe story remains to be seen.

Cavill had a busy summer, co-starring with Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible - Fallout.

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