Henry Cavill Exits Superman Role As Warner Bros. Shakes Up DC Universe

Bessie Dean
September 13, 2018

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.

A source told The Hollywood Reporter that the British actor is parting ways with Warner Bros, after playing the Man Tomorrow in three movies for the studio.

Henry Cavill is to be dropped as Superman, after failing to agree terms to make an appearance in the upcoming Shazam! film, it has been reported.

Warner Bros.is instead focusing on a Supergirl movie, according to THR, which would most likely write out Cavill's Superman from the film mythology.

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Ben Affleck's return is looking increasingly unlikely as Batman, which leaves the other Justice League heroes - Aquaman, Wonder Woman Flash and Cyborg - with strong solo projects lining up but no group action. Another source claims that the Netflix role came after the issues with WB, suggesting a change in direction for the studio.

Henry Cavill, core Justice League member and arguably one of the greatest on-screen superheroes to date, is ostensibly finished with Superman. According to a separate report, the Supergirl movie will focus on when she was a teenager, which may mean an actor of Henry Cavill's age would be out as Superman.

Another Irishman, Cillian Murphy, is in contention for the part and is priced at 10/1 to be named the next Man of Steel along with Armie Hamer, Channing Tatum, and Donald Glover. Earlier this year, Warner Bros. promoted Walter Hamada to oversee DC film operations to restructure the comic book pics in attempts to match the massive popularity of Marvel movies. He recently starred with Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible - Fallout", which is now the highest grossing installment in the series.

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