Henry Cavill’s Future as Superman Is Cloudy, Warner Bros. Focusing on Supergirl


Henry Cavill as Superman in 2017's Justice League.

News of Cavill being out of future Superman films came Wednesday morning, following a Hollywood Reporter story claiming after negotiations to have the actor reprise the role for a quick cameo on the upcoming superhero movie Shazam!

The three DC pics Cavill has starred in which were directed by Zack Snyder - Man Of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Justice League - have grossed close to $2.2B at the global box office.

Cavill's agent, Dany Garcia (whose clients also include ex-husband Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) issued an update via Twitter, hinting that "the cape is still in his closet" while promising that Warner Bros. will be issuing a formal statement later on Wednesday.

It's unlikely that Warner will be producing a new solo Superman film for several years, sources told The Hollywood Reporter. Cavill appears next in the Netflix adaptation of "The Witcher".

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The studio is reportedly now honing in on a movie centering on Supergirl as a teenager. While many sites took the rumor as definitive and declared he term as the Man of Steel to be over, his manager and WB posted contrary posts to say he's still the Big Blue Boy Scout.

The actor posted a cryptic video on his Instagram page, responding to the reports without actually saying anything at all. The report suggests that Warner Bros. will use Cavill's exit, plus the increasingly likely departure of Ben Affleck as Batman to "reset" the DC franchise. 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. In addition to Shazam! and a Supergirl project, there's December's Aquaman and 2019's Wonder Woman: 1984.

"The DC extended universe is an utter mess right now", wrote one user on Twitter.

Cavill himself then made a decision to add further fuel to the flames, with a video on Instagram of him with a new Superman action figure, captioned "Today was exciting #Superman".