HUGE news, folks. According to a new report from THR, actor Henry Cavill is no longer set to play the Man of Steel going forward in the DC Extended Universe.
This report comes on the heels of negotiations for Shazam!, where they were hoping to bring him in for a cameo. Apparently, talks fell through due to scheduling conflicts between Cavill and the studio. From what we can tell, it doesn’t look like things went down in flames, necessarily, but that there was a recognition on both sides that the current way of things with the universe just wasn’t working.
The piece goes onto say something that’s been clear for quite a while — that the studio is working to give the universe a bit of a reset. As such, they are focusing on different characters, like Supergirl. With that in mind, there was little room to fit Superman himself into the narrative.
It’s hard to ignore the fact that there’s been another member of the Justice League making his way out in the form of Ben Affleck. As it stands, that’s two core characters in the League ready to call it quits. With both likely hanging up their capes, the DCEU could pretty much begin anew and fully embrace whatever new direction they have planned over at Warner Bros.
While I’m disappointed by this news (I’m a big fan of Cavill as Supes), part of me wishes they’d just commit to a full reset and just scrap the whole universe, but I can understand their desire NOT to get rid of Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa.
There doesn’t seem to be too much concern by insiders, however, who seem to look at the character of Superman as more of a James Bond type, where he can be played by multiple actors. Plus, audiences have become so savvy, that you rarely risk confusing them as much as you would have 15 years ago.
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