Henry Cavill reportedly quits as DC's Superman

Oscar Cross
September 13, 2018

From there, the studio mostly chose to move away from Superman and lean into the Christopher Nolan Batman movies, but once that trilogy ended in 2012, the opportunity arose to build a new universe based on the iconic DC characters. According to The Hollywood Reporter, negotiations for Cavill to appear in a cameo in the upcoming connected feature "Shazam!" broke down due to scheduling conflicts with "Mission Impossible: Fallout". A source tells THR, "Superman is like James Bond, and after a certain run you have to look at new actors".

Warner Bros.is well aware of how many people are now displeased with the state of their DC franchise, and are apparently trying to find different angles to change that. Additionally, WB says they weren't planning on releasing another Superman film for years to come.

Back in August, Forbes' Mark Hughes also stated that "for now it didn't work out getting Superman into Shazam!".

This latest shocking development mirrors Ben Affleck's commitment to his role as Batman. Cavill recently signed up for Netflix's big budget, 8-part adaptation of The Witcher making him unavailable to play Superman.


"Today was exciting", Cavill wrote on the caption along with the hashtag #Superman, posing with a Superman action figure and sporting a Krypton Lifting Team t-shirt. Now, the man himself has posted a rather hilarious video on his Instagram account that all but declares his devotion to the character.

The New York Post reports that Affleck's exit comes on the heels of another departure from the DC universe, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which claims Henry Cavill will no longer be Superman. "Additionally we have made no current decisions regarding any upcoming Superman films". An Aquaman solo movie is coming in December, and then Shazam! and Wonder Woman 1984 are both locked and loaded for 2019 releases.

But Michael B. Jordan could certainly fill the role of Superman in other projects.

After THR's report, The Wrap reporter Umberto Gonzalez also put out a piece confirming the news.

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