Sad news on this Hump Day as the news arrives that Henry Cavill (and his awesomely furry chest) will not appear as “Superman” in any future Warner Bros. DC films.
Cavill has played the superhero in three films, including Man of Steel (2013), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warners had been after Cavill to make a cameo in the upcoming Shazam flick starring Zachary Levi. But negotiations appear to have fallen apart and as THR writes, “The door is now closing on other potential Superman appearances.”
Several theories are being bandied about as to the shift in "Super-strategy."
While one Warners source told THR that ‘scheduling conflicts’ cause the deal to disintegrate (Cavill recently signed to star in the new Netflix series, The Witcher), another source claims the Witcher offer came after the Warners negotiations.
One studio insider suggested that Warners is merely going for the commonly attempted “reset button” on the DC universe of films after admitting “some parts of the previous movies didn’t work.”
But lets be honest - THIS part of the equation totally worked:
THR also mentions that with so many DC films in the pipeline Warners isn’t likely to produce a stand-alone Superman film anytime in the near future.
Not only is the Jason Momoa Aquaman movie set to arrive this December, but Wonder Woman 1984 is due in theaters November 2019, and openly queer Ezra Miller is scheduled to start shooting a Flash movie in early 2019.
Additional reports say Warners is shifting focus to a Supergirl origin movie.
Comparing the Superman franchise to the James Bond films, a studio source said, “Superman is like James Bond, and after a certain run you have to look at new actors.”
Along that same line of thinking, THR mentions that Oscar winner Ben Affleck may have taken his last turn as "Batman."
Cavill fans might be able to hold out some hope, though.
On Twitter this morning, Cavill’s manager tweeted a somewhat cryptic message which read, “Be peaceful, the cape is still in his closet. @wbpictures has been and continues to be our partners as they evolve the DC Universe. Anticipate a WB statement later today.”
No matter how this plays out, I think we can all admit we're better for Cavill bringing his furry goodness to the role of "Superman."
(h/t The Hollywood Reporter)