According to The Hollywood Reporter Henry Cavill will no longer be playing the role of Superman. It is being said that contract talks - including a Shazam cameo - have broken down due to scheduling conflicts.
With Warner Bros. looking to change things up with their comic book movie franchise, the DCEU or DC Extended Universe was recently rebranded as "Worlds of DC". Focus on the Kryptonian front is said to be shifting to a Supergirl origin story, said to feature a teenage version of the heroine. Which would rule Cavill out because - according to DC lore - that would make Superman a toddler.
Regardless of what you call it, in recent years DC has definitely played second fiddle to Marvel, when it comes to movies anyway. Thanks to The Dark Knight, DC held the top spot for quite a while. But with the MCU getting stronger and more popular by the day and the closing of the Nolan Dark Knight Trilogy with the disappointing The Dark Knight Rises, they quickly fell behind Marvel. With fans not taking to Zack Snyder's vision of the DC Extended Universe, even the casting of great actors in the three signature DC roles just wasn't enough to save it. And although Gal Gadot will reprise her role as Diana Prince in Wonder Woman 1984, the reported departure of both Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck (two great portrayals of Batman in a row after Christian Bale) indicates a real sea change in Warner Bros. intended direction for the franchise.
For me, news that Cavill is stepping down from the role is a great shame. Since his first appearance as the Man of Steel in errr...Man of Steel Cavill has been my favourite Superman. Despite the fact that the later DC movies he appeared in didn't quite live up to his first, I felt he really brought the character into the 21st Century. However, on the bright side this may free him up for other projects, fans might finally get that Man From Uncle sequel we've been hoping for.
Who would you like to see take up the mantle of Superman? Deadline is reporting that Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan is in the running. Let us know your thoughts.
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